Happy Mother’s Day, Sunday!
My love for apples comes from my mom. My mom also had the same love for apples. When I wanted something sweet for a snack or dessert as a kid, apples were always at my fingertips. Mom always kept our vegetable crisper filled with juicy, crisp apples to snack on. Thus, my l-o-v-e for apples! Yes, I love apples. Hands down, apples are my favorite fruit, which made it easy to develop this quick, easy, perfect muffin recipe. A tender muffin filled with delicious bits of crisp apples, shredded sharp cheddar, flavored with cinnamon, and finished with a crunchy crumb topping. Thanks, mom!
For the Muffin:
2 cups flour
3/4 cup brown sugar (+2 tablespoons for apples)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon cinnamon (+1 teaspoon for coating apples)
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon allspice
8 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces, cut into 1/2″ pieces or grated
8 oz cheddar cheese, cut into 1/2″ pieces or grated
3/4 cup buttermilk or soured milk with vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups diced apples (Macoun, Jonagold, Rome or Granny Smith)
For the Crumb Topping:
9 tablespoons butter, melted
6 tablespoons brown sugar
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
Set oven to 375 degrees
Grease and flour 12-cup muffin tin
Getting Apples Ready:
Toss together diced apples, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar in a separate bowl. Set aside.
To Make the Crumb:
In a small bowl add sugars, flour, salt, cinnamon, and melted butter. Mix until forms crumbs. Set aside
To Make the Muffin:
In your food processor, pulse flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, butter, and cheese until mixture resembles coarse meal. Transfer to a large bowl. Whisk egg, vanilla, and milk together and slowly stir into flour mixture until combined. Fold in diced apples and scoop mixture into prepared muffin tins, filling about 2/3 to 3/4 full. Sprinkle with topping, pressing topping down onto muffin.
Bake 18 -20 minutes
Makes 16 muffins
Inspired by: America’s Test Kitchen
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