Apple Pie Muffins

So, this is my first new recipe of the new year!! I hope there will be many more where this came from.  In 2011, I posted about twice a month and ended the year with 23 posts.  My goal for 2012, is to post 35 new recipes before year end, so almost three each month. 

I am working on the January Pantry Challenge, which has me take inventory of everything in the pantry as well as your freezer and start using it and getting thru it.  I did not realize how many things I had in the freezer!!  Also, I am also trying to use all of my produce before it goes bad….apples, lettuce, and celery are the biggest offenders!! 

I have had some apples on the counter for a couple weeks, possibly getting a little soft.  So te best way to use them is to bake them…hence the Apple Pie Muffins. 

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups diced apples

Streusel Topping

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2-5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 c oats

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F . Line with paper muffin cups.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together 2 1/4 cups flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate smaller bowl, mix together the egg, buttermilk, 1/2 cup melted butter, vanilla and 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar until sugar has dissolved. Pour into the flour mixture and sprinkle the diced apple into the bowl as well. Stir just until everything is blended. Spoon into the prepared muffin tin, filling the cups to the top.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/3 cup flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and oats. Drizzle in 2 tablespoons of melted butter while tossing with a fork until well blended, add more butter if necessary. Sprinkle this over the tops of the muffins and slightly press into muffins.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the tops of the muffins spring back when lightly pressed.

My 14 y.o. had a brilliant idea to add some ice cream to her plate.  She added homemade egg nog ice cream from Picket Fence Creamery, a local fvorite of mine.  http://www.picketfencecreamery.net/index.html

Enjoy, and don’t do like we did and eat one warm from the over right before dinner!!  It WAS necessary in life!!

God Bless!