Apple season is upon us, and as we’ve already discussed that pies are not my favorite thing to make, and after achieving great success with apples in cake form, I turned my focus to the next logical apple vessel: muffins.
I recently inherited a wonderful America’s Test Kitchen cookbook, called the “Quick Family Cookbook.” While it’s not winning any awards in the style department, it is chock-full of AMAZING recipes. And, I see that it’s super cheap on amazon. If you don’t own this book, quickly run to amazon (or your local bookstore, whichever you prefer to support) and pick up a copy right now. Like, “now,” as in before you even finish reading this post.
Anyway, back to the muffins!
They require ingredients that you probably have on hand and very minimal effort, and what you get in return is a light, flavorful muffin packed with apple flavor. This muffin is light enough that it won’t make you feel guilty about going in for a second one, and flavorful enough to sate even the strongest apple craving.
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 cups applesauce
- 1 cup sugar
- 10 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375F degrees and prepare a 12-cup muffin tin (either grease or line with liners)
- 1. In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt to combine.
- 2. In a separate bowl, mix the applesauce, vanilla, and sugar. Whisk in the melted butter until smooth, then whisk in the eggs one at a time, being careful not to overmix. .
- 3. Gently fold the applesauce mixture into the flour mixture just until combined. It might be a little lumpy, that's OK.
- 4. Portion batter into prepared muffin cups, Bake 15 to 18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool slightly before removing from the pan.
These are great with a sprinkle with sugar or cinnamon sugar (because what doesn't taste better with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar?) For my usual cinnamon-sugar, I mix 1 teaspoon of cinnamon with 1 Tablespoon of sugar).s - sprinkle on top of muffins before putting them into the oven.
Try adding chunky applesauce or some apple chunks to boost up the apple-appeal even further.
[ Adapted from The America's Test Kitchens Quick Family Cookbook ]