Hey there! I realize I've been somewhat MIA lately, but believe me, good things are coming. It seems like when I have the least time, I have the most ideas and when I have tons of time, I don't have many ideas. Oh well.
These apple muffins were seriously good. It's no secret that I love apple + cinnamon and especially when they have a brown butter glaze on top. Um, yes please!
Apple Cider Muffins – adapted from Sweet Treats & More
Makes a dozen (I got more like 14)
1 c all-purpose flour
1 c whole wheat flour (I substituted regular flour)
1 t baking soda
1 t baking powder
1 t salt
1 t ground cinnamon
1/2 t ground cloves
1/4 c butter – soft
2/3 c granulated sugar
1/3 c light brown sugar
1 t vanilla
1/2 c apple cider (or apple juice)
1 large apple (I used a Honeycrisp), peeled, cored, and chopped (I forgot to peel it; it turned out great still)
What to do:
Preheat the oven to 350˚. Place muffin liners in muffin tin or lightly grease muffin tin. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and cloves and set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together butters and sugars, then beat in eggs and vanilla.
Alternate mixing in dry ingredients with apple cider (half at a time) until just mixed in (don't overmix). Stir in chopped apple.
Pour batter into prepared muffin tin and bake at 350˚ for about 25-35 minutes or until a toothpuck inserted comes out clean. I usually set my timer for the least amount of time the recipe says and then keep setting the timer until it passes the toothpick test.
The original recipe didn't include a brown butter glaze, but I felt like it was just screaming for some. You can do it either way; it'd be almost as good without.
Brown Butter Glaze – via Some Kitchen Stories (scroll down for the glaze)
1/3 c powdered sugar
2 t half + half
1 T butter
What to do:
Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook 3 minutes or until butter begins to turn a nutty brown and you can smell it when you're two feet away. It should smell good by the way. Add powdered sugar and half + half, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Drizzle glaze over muffins (I used a spoon). Let stand until glaze sets.
Enjoy! And try not to eat them all, please. ;) xo, Ella