Saturday, September 15, 2012

Apple Streusel Muffins

Oh my goodness. I had to cheat on these muffins... It took me a couple tries to perfect this recipe, but in the end it was worth every failed attempt. My final adjustments to the recipe resulted in muffins that are incredibly moist, with a perfect blend of apples and cinnamon...topped with a sweet, crunchy streusel topping....fresh from the oven...smothered in butter...oh yea... They are SO good.

 Definitely a must-make recipe for Fall!

(Recipe yields 12 muffins, or 6 large)

♦ 2 cups Flour
♦ 1/2 tsp Salt
♦ 2 tsp Baking Powder
♦ 1 tsp Cinnamon
♦ 1/2 cup of Oil
♦ 1/2 cup Milk
♦ 3/4 cup Sugar
♦ 1 Egg
♦ 1 tsp Vanilla
♦ 2 Apples

Streusel Topping:
♦ 1/2 cup Sugar
♦ 1/3 cup Flour
♦ 1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
♦ 1/4 cup butter, slightly softened but still a little firm

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or place liners in a muffin pan.

Peel and dice apples into small pieces. Set aside.

In a large bowl, stir together flour, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon. In a medium bowl, blend together oil, milk, egg, sugar and vanilla. Add wet ingredients to the dry until fully blended (batter will be thick). Stir in diced apples.

Spoon batter into muffin pan.

Make your streusel topping. Stir together sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut in the butter (I use two knives and just keep cutting until all the butter is in tiny little pieces throughout the topping). Spoon the topping evenly on the batter in the muffin pan.

Bake for 20-25 minutes (for 12 muffins) or 24-28 minutes (for 6 large muffins) until toothpick comes out dry when inserted into the center of a muffin.

Savor the deliciousness of these muffins! Don't eat too many of them ;-)

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