Apple Spice Muffins

Since I’m allergic to raw apples (as well as raw pears, peaches, plums, cherries, and plenty of other fruits), I’ve found lots of different ways to include them in my baking.  These apple muffins are a recipe that I’ve altered so much that it no longer resembles the original in anything but name:  they’re moist, light, and very apple-full.

The Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 cups peeled and sliced apples (about 2 medium apples)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • extra brown sugar and cinnamon for topping, if desired.

The Prep

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Prepare 18 muffin cups by greasing, or use paper liners.

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugars, salt, baking soda and spices.  Add oil, egg and milk; mix until just combined.  Last, fold in the apples.

Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups.  Be careful not to overfill — 2/3rds to 3/4s full is plenty.  You should get 16 to 18 muffins out of a single batch.  If you’d like, you can sprinkle a little bit more brown sugar and cinnamon over the tops of the muffins to give a nice “crust” when they’re baked.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until a pick inserted in the center of each muffin comes out clean.  Remove to racks to cool for a few minutes before consuming (the apples will be hot!)

Results and Storage Tips

These muffins are very moist, so they don’t last very long.  If you’re not going to eat them all within a few days, put some of them into an airtight freezer bag and freeze immediately after baking.  You can then save them for a couple of months, and warm them up in the microwave or toaster oven for a tasty snack whenever you like.

You can serve your muffins plain; they taste just fine all on their own.  I prefer mine with a little bit of butter, and a big wedge of cheddar cheese on the side.  I’ve considered turning them into cupcakes with some fluffy cream-cheese icing, but haven’t actually tried it yet (let me know if you do, I’d like to know how they come out).

Finally, if you want more than 18 muffins, make them in two separate batches.  This recipe doesn’t double very well because they just don’t rise the same way if you try to make too many.

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