- Flour type 00 150 g
- White sugar 90 g • 392 kcal
- Partly skimmed milk 95 ml
- Butter 50 g • 717 kcal
- Eggs 1 • 130 kcal
- Baking powder for sweets 1/2 sachet
- Apples 1 medium • 45 kcal
- Salt a pinch • 1 kcal
- Cinnamon powder 1 tsp
- For the garnish
- Confectioner’s sugar as much as it is needed
Apple muffins are small fruit pastries stuffed with small pieces of apple. We have already talked about the muffins with the recipe for Halloween sweets, where I wrote about pumpkin muffins. Unlike the pumpkin muffins – which rise a lot during cooking and remain very soft thanks to the use of baked pumpkin – these muffins, filled with small cubes of apples and not apple puree, remain slightly less soft. They are however very fragrant, and can be preserved in a tin box for several days. Being apple muffins, I can tell you that any type of apple is suitable for the recipe except for Granny Smith type which could be unpleasant to the palate because of its sour taste. The English muffins are excellent for breakfasts, next to a juice or a caffe latte. Being a single portion, they are also very convenient if given as a mid-morning snack to your children. So here is to you the recipe for quickly cooking your apple muffins without yogurt.
What do you need to prepare some excellent apple muffins?
To cook apple muffins, you can use the classic muffin baking tray, which has a series of grooves in which to pour directly the mixture (after you have buttered and floured them), or the paper muffin liners that will also serve as a cover for the bottom of every muffin. I always adopt this second option; on the market you will find a whole series of cute paper muffin liners, with bright colors or delicate patterns to orientate your preferences.
How do you prepare the apple muffins?
For the apple muffins recipe, just start getting and dosing all ingredients. Like all muffins, the process is the same: first mix the liquid ingredients, and then add the solid ingredients.
Start beating eggs with sugar (identifiable as a "liquid" ingredient, because it melts and thus helps the eggs to whip).
Blend everything with the help of an electric whisk or an immersion mixer, but do not blend too much, just long enough to mix eggs and sugar together.
Separately, melt the butter (a bain-marie) and add it to the mixture.
Add also the milk and amalgamate. At this point, switch to solid ingredients. Sift the flour together with a pinch of salt and baking powder for sweets.
Amalgamate everything by hand. When the mixture will be quite homogeneous, you can add the teaspoon of cinnamon.
Why add cinnamon to apple muffins?
Cinnamon is a spice that goes very well with apples, excellent in addition to almost any preparation that sees them as protagonists: strudels, pancakes, ring-shaped cakes, but also in a simple apple baked in the oven. Adding cinnamon, the taste of the apple changes and is enhanced by the combination with it. Alternatively, for those who do not like this spice, you can aromatize the apples with a bit of brandy or lemon juice and then add them to the muffins mixture after having drained the excess liquid.
At the end, peel and cut the apple in small cubes and add it to the mixture.
After mixing everything, put the paper muffin liners in the muffin baking tray and pour a couple of tablespoons of mixture in them. These muffins will remain small, but anyway you will get about ten.
Bake the apple muffins in a hot oven at 180 degrees for about 20 minutes or until using a wooden toothpick it will come out dry. Take them out of the oven when they are cooked and let them cool on a wire rack, in this way also the paper muffin liners will dry out from the moisture accumulated during cooking. If you wish, you can sprinkle them with confectioner’s sugar when they are cold.
Can I bake the apple muffins in a microwave oven?
A quick way to cook apple muffins is to bake them in the microwave oven. The preparation time is four minutes at the most while instead in the microwave oven cooking time must be one minute and a half.
And if I want to make gluten-free apple muffins?
The gluten-free version of apple muffins exists, and it is very gluttonous: you just must use a gluten-free flour and you're done. Our advice is to use rice flour and, perhaps, opt for the variant with blended apples with a jam heart in the middle.
Can I make apple muffins without yeast?
Sure. Just replace the yeast with potato starch and a pinch of baking soda. Be careful, however, that potato starch is not yeast but, thanks to its properties, it will make your muffins very fluffy.
Savory muffins: the salted version
The savory muffins are the salted version of these pastries, for which you can use the various things you have in the refrigerator. In effect, they are an excellent finger food to be paired with the sweet version, for aperitifs, parties and buffets.