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Monday, September 19, 2011

Apple Streusel Muffins



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I love these first days of autumn. The days are cool and crisp, and the smell of Madrone permeates the air as wood stoves are fired up to keep the chill at bay. Apple orchards beckon and fields of pumpkins, ripe and ready for picking, will soon be harvested and in markets across the state. Canning kettles have been returned to storage and kitchens, mine at least, are gearing up to handle the heavier fare of winter. This is a time of respite in the kitchen. The demands of the harvest are behind us and the holidays are not yet a concern. There is time to bake and experiment and enjoy the wonderful aromas of cinnamon and cloves that the autumn kitchen brings. These muffins are one of my favorite fall treats. They have a lovely texture and are more like a coffee cake than a standard breakfast muffin. The muffins were developed by Dulcy Grace who won a prize, as well as praise, for her creation. Her recipe is straight forward and it is easily followed. It can be doubled if you wish. I've found that the recipe produces more glaze than is needed for a dozen muffins, so, I've cut the glaze ingredients in half. If you have an exceptionally sweet tooth, simply double the quantities to take them back to the original specifications. I know you will like these. They are especially good when served warm. Here's the recipe.

Apple Streusel Muffins...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite adapted from a recipe by Dulcy Grace

Ingredients:
Muffin Batter
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup butter, melted
1-1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups chopped peeled tart apples
Streusel Topping
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon cold butter
Glaze
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon butter, melted
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease 12 muffin cups or line them with paper baking cups.
2) Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
3) Combine eggs, butter and vanilla in another bowl. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Batter will be very stiff. Work apples into batter with your hands.
4) Fill each muffin cup three-fourths full with batter.
5) Combine brown sugar, flour and cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over batter.
6) Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Combine glaze ingredients. Drizzle over muffins. Serve warm. Yield: 1 dozen.









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52 comments:

Angie's Recipes said...

I love those autumn coloured muffins! Streusel makes all the baked goods better and irresistible!
Have a wonderful week ahead, Mary!

Dzoli said...

Once again great idea .You are so inovative.I loev reading your recepies:)

Zoe said...

What a great muffin recipe. The streusel plus glaze toppings make these muffins extra delicious. Yum!

kitchen flavours said...

Your muffins looks delightful! The streusel topping sounds delicious. Apples are always perfect with streusels. Have a great week, Mary!

Priyanka said...

Lovely recipe....
Super tempting look...

sliceofsouthern said...

These look wonderful and perfect for a fall morning!

Coleen said...

I'll bet these muffins make the whole kitchen smell wonderful. We just love streusel topping on muffins, thank you for sharing this one.

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Delicious muffins,luks yum...

Hovkonditorn said...

Sounds delicious! Have a great week!!

bellini said...

It is easy to see why this would be a favourite Mary.I love this time of year and all that it has to offer.

Maris (in Good Taste) said...

Perfect Fall muffin! Would love one now with my morning coffee!

Anonymous said...

I am drooling!!!They look fantastic!
Kisses from Greece,dear Mary!
LENIA

Alessandra said...

Your streusel recipes are always super yummy Mary!

Ciao
Alessandra

Rita said...

They are lovely and really neede an apple muffin recipe; the fresh apples are back!
Rita

Kim said...

Next week I'm going to pick somes apples in my favorite orchard and I think I'm going to prepare these as soon as I get back!

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

They look delicious! Cool weather and apple muffins, perfect way to start the day.

Natalie said...

Anything topped with streusel is bound to be good! I've never made apple muffins, I'll keep this recipe in mind this fall!

Leslie said...

OMG..these just scream FALL!!!

lifeisfull said...

These are great, thanks for sharing! I love the smell of a Fall kitchen too. :)

Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl said...

What a fabulous blog you have here, and wonderful pictures, too. I'll definitely be stopping back by! I've got a bushel of apples on order; this recipe will be top on my list to make when they arrive!

lena said...

i havent tried any glaze on my cakes or muffins, i just need to do that someday. even there are no 4 seasons where i live, i know i will enjoy these muffins!

Ana Rita said...

Those are my kind of muffins!!!Lovelly!

Kisses
Rita

Priya said...

Gorgeous and beautifum muffins..lovely topping..

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Oh how I love me some streusel! And since I'll be apple picking this weekend I'll have to try this recipe next week. Thank you...and the boys thank you too as they're little mouths are watering checking out your photo!

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner
www.mawhatsfordinner.com

Tori said...

These look amazing! I am going to have to try them! Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog! Hope you have a fantastic day!

Clint said...

Uh huh---you talk about comfort food!

Margaret Murphy Tripp said...

They look wonderful! One of my favorite breakfast is coffee and a muffin.

Miri Leigh said...

Yum, these muffins look delightful. Thanks for the great post!

Valérie said...

I love your characterization of this time of year. It can be hectic work-wise, but it is more relaxed kitchen-wise. It's also a time when I like to reconnect with certain seasonal foods. These muffins look like great fall comfort food.

Paula @ Dishing the Divine said...

These looks yuuuuumy! Especially with the apples that are falling from my tree right now! ;)

nanny said...

Yum! with a cup of coffee!!!
They are so pretty!!

Saji said...

wonderful recipe

Cassie @ Bake Your Day said...

I will eat loads of anything with streusel topping. The muffins sound so delicious, Mary. I love fall baking too!

Laney said...

Hi Mary, thanks for visiting my site and taking the time to read through my posts, I am so flattered! Your recipes are amazing and I cannot wait to try this one in particular. There is no better time to use apples and these will make delicious breakfast and snacks! Thank you for sharing!

That Girl said...

I have 2 major holidays in the next 3 weeks! My kitchen isn't slowing down anytime soon.

Dragon Babies Mama said...

Mary, it was such a pleasure to read your comment on my blog this morning. I look forward to exploring your blog and all of your amazing recipes. I am so flattered by your comment about my zucchini bread. I will have the occasional recipe on my blog as well. I have one for dove that I will be posting later this week. Cheers. Jessi

Faith said...

Your muffins look wonderful, Mary! A friend just requested apple muffins and now I know what recipe I'll be using...thanks for sharing!

Hope your week is off to a wonderful start!

Anca said...

hi Mary :) nice to meet u ...also u have a beautiful anfd yummyyyy recipes !

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

this is definitely one. perfect. bite!

The Blonde Duck said...

I must make these!

What's next said...

Looks like a wonderful fall recipe!!! This weekend these will be at my house!!!

Amalia said...

What a lovely post! I love autumn and all the wonderful, warm recipes it brings with it :) This recipe looks and sounds like amazing. Thank you for sharing it, have a great day!

Elaine said...

These look and sound wonderful.

jen said...

thank you for visiting my blog! These muffins look delicious, and evoke all my favorite things about autumn.

David said...

Mary, Those muffins are just beautiful! I really appreciate great baking and this recipe looks terrific. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Jenn said...

Hi Mary,

Thank you for visiting my blog. I really appreciate your comment. You blog is amazing :) I am now a follower. These muffins are on my try soon list, they look amazing. I just started my food blog last month, have a lot of work ahead of me, but hope to have a successful following like you someday :)

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Tender Branson said...

I absolutely love a good streusel topping. Pair it with apples and it is certainly game on.

Amy said...

I bet those made your house smell wonderful!!

Amy @ A Little Nosh

Pegasuslegend said...

Amazing looking muffins wow!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

These muffins look good enough to eat for dessert!

Linda said...

Love the foods and flavors of fall. I think I'd like these with a cup of coffee tomorrow morning! They look wonderful.

Linda @ Lemon Drop said...

I am always on the lookout for fall muffin recipes. This one looks incredible and def. on my baking list !

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