Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Apple Cinnamon Muffins with Granola Topping

 Nowadays I just spend more time in the Baking Isle whenever I go grocery  shopping . I keep looking at all the lined up  baking ingredients  ,sometimes even grab a box or bottle  of something that is new to me & look for recipes on the box or bottle  to introduce myself to what that particular ingredient could be used for. Last week  as I was going thru my regular ritual of browsing the baking isle I saw this boxed mix of Apple Cinnamon Muffins , the picture on the box was so tempting that I put it in my shopping basket. But on second thoughts I planned to bake those muffins from scratch as the boxed mixes are sometimes overly sweet. So I looked at the box one more time before putting it back & kinda registered in my mind what ingredients it had. I wanted to bake them for my Nephew who was visiting us the same weekend & who is really loves   Brownies , cookies & muffins (Ha ha - Hope he dosen't kill me after reading this). So the moment I was back home I grabbed my laptop & contacted my best friend - The Internet. Yes all my recipes are either internet inspired or baking isle inspired  & Food Network Ofcourse  not to forget memories of my childhood & the local bakery in my hometown that inspires me to bring an Indian touch to my baked goods.( believe me I do not have a single baking book at the moment) . I did come across a lot of apple cinnamon recipes but also I had in mind the picture i had seen on the boxed mix- the ingredients in the box also had a pouch of apple sauce & granola as the topping. So here I am following a recipe for a apple cinnamon cake & I added a diced , caramalised apple just on my own.


Ingredients: ( Makes 12 Muffins)


  1. 1 apple peeled, cored , diced & caramalised with a tablespoon of sugar & pinch of cinnamon.
  2. 2 cups all purpose flour
  3. 1 tsp baking powder
  4. 1/2 tsp baking soda 
  5. 1/4 tsp salt
  6. 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  7. 1 stick unsalted butter. ( Skip the salt if using salted butter) 
  8. 1 cup brown sugar
  9. 2 eggs
  10. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  11. 1/2 cup apple puree
  12. 1/4 cup lukewarm milk or water 
  13. 1/2 cup readymade granola( oats rolled in sugar or honey & baked)

Preparation:

  1. Peel & dice the apple into 1/2 inch pieces . Transfer to a heavy bottomed skillet -add 1 tablespoon of brown sugar & a pinch of cinnamon . Cook on medium heat until the sugar coats the apple pieces. Let it cool.
  2.  Mix together all the dry ingredients, flour, baking powder, baking soda , salt , cinnamon .
  3. Beat butter & sugar together in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light & fluffy. Mix in the eggs one at a time & beat again - a minute at a time. 
  4. Add the dry ingredient mix 2 tablespoons at a time until fully incorporated.
  5. Stir in the chopped, caramalised  apples,  vanilla extract & apple puree . Mix well 
  6. If the batter looks too thick add some lukewarm milk or water to bring the mixture to a dropping consistency.
  7. Transfer batter to muffin pan with an ice cream scoop or a tablespoon, pat the muffin pan  on a work surface so the batter is kinda leveled  & top with granola ( whole oats rolled in sugar or honey)
  8. Line  Muffin pan with paper muffin liners & bake on 350 F for 35-40 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. 
The muffins come out of the oven & comes in my nephew & family .
Gosh!!!!!!! The muffins were gone even before I could take  some nice pictures as I was still in the kitchen cooking . I  hardly managed  to take the one above with my small Canon Sx 210.