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Apple Pie Muffins -Topped with cinnamon crumble goodness
Saturday, 12 November 2011 | posted by Simply bakes

How many of you guys out there order apple crumble pie for its crumble? >>ME. I mean who doesn't like crumble topping? I could literally gobble it straight down! The sweet and buttery melt-in-your-mouth goodness is to die for and that is exactly what tempted me to make this muffin. I am a big chunky warm bakery style muffin kinda girl. Just like the ones they have at Starbucks, loaded with chunks of apples and bursting with bags of flavours and spice. So go easy on the cinnamon? NAH. haha

The brown sugar really compliments the cinnamon baked apples in the muffins, because it has a kind of honey sweet taste as compared to granulated white sugar. The chunks of sweet granny smith apples are an added bonus to the texture. You won't feel like as if you are only eating the dough and grow tired of eating the muffin. So when you are chopping the apples, remember to not cut it too small. Leave big chunks of it so that it will not dissolve into the batter while baking away in the oven. I have never really been a big fan of muffins but this is definitely worth the effort. The moist muffin, chunks of apples and sweet buttery streusel topping is the perfect hearty breakfast served with a warm cup of coffee to tone down the sweetness. The muffins taste even better on the next day!

These muffins will not puff up as much as usual so it is okay to fill them to near the tops so it can form a beautiful dome. However, some of my muffins overspilled because i filled the cups with too much batter. This will result in longer baking time and ugly presentation so i suggest that you divide the batter between 13 baking cups instead of twelve and it would be perfect. 

Some notes: 
  • Do not cut the apples too small, about 1-1.5 cm
  • If you do not have buttermilk, you can make your own by mixing 1 cup of milk and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice and leave it to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes until thickened. Do not worry if it curdles, just stir the mixture again I used apple cider vinegar, works well too.
  • You don't want to overbeat the batter or the results will be tough and chewy. 
  • I baked my muffins a bit longer that the stated 25 minutes perhaps because of the moisture from the apples. But i have never believed in exact baking times. Different ovens have different capacities so he baking timings stated should only serve as a guide. Bake the muffins until they spring back when lightly pressed. If it remains indent, then bake it longer.
Other than that, happy baking!

-2 1/4 cups all purpose plain flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp cinnamon 
- 1/2 tsp salt 
- 1 egg 
- 1 cup buttermilk 
- 1/2 cup butter melted 
- 1 tsp vanilla extract 
- 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar 
- 2 cups diced apples 

Cinnamon Crumble Topping 
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 
- 1/3 cup AP flour 
- 1/4 cup Rolled Oats or Instant Quaker Oats 
- 1 tsp cinnamon 
- 3 tbsp butter melted 

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degree celcius.
2. In a large bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients, flour, soda, cinnamon and salt and whisk them all together until evenly mixed. In another bowl, whisk together with an electric hand mixer egg, buttermilk, butter, vanilla extract and sugar until all the sugar has dissolved and mixture is thick. 
3. Pour the butter batter into the dry ingredients and stir until just incorporated. Gently fold in the chopped apples. 
4. Using an ice cream scoop, fill the muffin cups near to the top with the batter.
5. In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, flour, oats and cinnamon until evenly mixed together. Drizzle in melted butter and mix well. Sprinkle the crumble over the muffins. 
6. Bake the muffins in the preheated oven for 25 minutes or until tops of the muffins spring back when lightly pressed. 
Recipe is here, adapted from allrecipes.com

With love, Simply Bakes


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I am a 16 year old living in Singapore. This blog is to document my entire baking endeavor and to share with you guys out there recipes and my baking experience. Feel free to ask me any questions, just click 'comment' below each post. Looking forward to the holidays!

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