There are recipes that you make and forget about. This is not one of them. Between the apple dotted muffins and a frosting that can be used on banana muffins or really any fruit muffin, this recipe combo will be at the front of the recipe binder. The apple in this muffin keeps the recipe extremely moist and a bit unique. It is a break from the traditional banana or blueberry breakfast muffin.
The frosting comes from my favorite banana cupcake and my beloved Martha Stewart. The apple muffin originally has a crumb topping but that was a bit to traditional. I felt since I was making a rare apple muffin, I should put a sweet unique frosting on it. This frosting is not thick and cake frosting like, but has enough flavor to stand out.
The original recipe for the muffins suggests slicing the apples, but I find that dicing the apple allows it to soften completely during baking yet still gives you the taste of apple you are looking for. If you try the recipe with whole slices, let me know how it turns out.
Apple Walnut Muffin adapted from Allrecipes
Ingredients1/2 cup butter (softened) 1 1/4 cups white sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 eggs 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 cup milk 2 cups peeled, cored and diced apples 1/2 cup walnuts finely chopped Directions
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat top and insides of muffin pan with cooking spray, or line with muffin papers.
- In a large bowl, cream together 1/2 cup butter, 1 1/4 cups sugar, vanilla, and salt until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at time. Mix together the 1 3/4 cups of flour, baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Stir in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, mixing just until incorporated. Fold in apples and walnuts. Scoop into muffin cups to fill 3/4 full.
- Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until tops are golden brown, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. If they are browning too quickly, cover with tin foil. Remove from pans, and cool on wire rack.
- When cool, frost with Honey Cinnamon Frosting
Honey Cinnamon Frosting adapted from Martha Stewart
Ingredients 1 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature 1/2 pkg cream cheese (4 oz), softened 1 tablespoon honey 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon Directions In a medium bowl mix all ingredients until smooth, 4 to 5 minutes