Apple Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

I always thought muffins was just a name given by adults to an oversize cupcake. Honestly, I never thought deeply about it and figured it’s a good excuse to eat cake for breakfast ;)

A Google search told me that I belong to a minority group who doesn’t care about the difference. There are groups seriously discussing about the difference and you can even find a detailed table showing the difference between the two! So, if you really wanna know the difference between a muffin and a cupcake, here it is:

“It’s not too sweet, perhaps made with whole wheat flour, and is more likely to be loaded with fruit than candy (ex: Blueberries). A muffin can also be savory instead of sweet. The texture is usually dryer and slightly denser than their cupcake cousins.Cupcakes are, well, miniature cakes” (source).

Apple Muffins
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Now that we’ve cleared that up, shall we go ahead with this recipe? The reason why I like muffins a tad bit more than cupcakes is, you can have it for breakfast without feeling guilty, because you know muffins are a common breakfast option (at least in some parts of the world), unlike cupcakes. Not that, I need any excuse to eat cake for breakfast, it’s all just a mind game ;)

I first had Apple Streusel Muffins, when a friend baked it for me some years ago. Surprisingly, I enjoyed it very much, despite my dislike for fruits. Anyways, from that time onwards, I’ve wanted to make it and finally I got around to it. Yeah, my turn around time is pretty…bad, something I’m not very proud of :(

I really liked this recipe and am sure, I’ll be making it often. It has a dense but soft texture. Also, I like the flavour combination of apple and cinnamon. Once baked, the apples become gooey and melt into the batter, which gives a nice contrast to the crumbly streusel topping. It’s a good breakfast option, also good as a mid-day snack or a tea-time snack.

I do hope you give this recipe a try and like it too.

Here is the recipe…

Mix together the streusel ingredients and keep aside…

Step 1 - Apple Streusel Muffins
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Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon…

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Whisk together the egg, milk, and melted butter…

Step 3 - Apple Streusel Muffins
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Pour the wet ingredients over the dry, and stir just until combined…

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Fold in the apples…

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Pour into lined muffin cups and sprinkle the streusel topping over each muffin. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 mins…

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Recipe adapted from here

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Apple Streusel Muffins

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Course: Breakfast, Desserts, Snack
Servings: 12
Author: Maria Jose Martin

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Plain flour
  • 2 tsp Baking powder (refer notes)
  • 1/2 cup Sugar (refer notes)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp Milk
  • 4 tbsp Unsalted Butter (57 gms, melted)
  • 2 med - big Apples (peeled and diced ( I used 2 red eating apples))

For the streusel

  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon ) ((refer notes))
  • 2 tbsp Butter (28 gms, melted)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180 C, 10 mins before baking.
  • Mix together the streusel ingredients and keep aside.
  • Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Whisk together the egg, milk, and melted butter. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry, and stir just until combined.
  • Fold in the apples. Pour into lined muffin cups and sprinkle the streusel topping over each muffin.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 mins.

Notes

I used only 1 3/4 tsp baking powder for the above qty. I used same qty of light brown sugar, instead of white sugar, for the cake batter. I used only 1/4 tsp cinnamon in streusel topping.
You will get 12 muffins from the above qty. It can be stored at room temp for 2-3 days in an airtight container.
To see the measurements in grams, please click here

 

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