Maple-Apple MuffinsBy · Nov 06 2011 · Comments
As a native Vermonter, my father had a few undeniable Green Mountain characteristics. Visits back east from Colorado brought out a typically absent and abnormally thick accent, stories of his one room school house that we’d heard a million times before and stockpiling of maple syrup from his favorite farm. True to his heritage, dad put maple syrup on just about everything and I have to say it is a trait I have inherited. From poultry to sweets, the flavor can dress up the most boring of dishes. I used maple syrup and maple extract in this recipe for an extra punch of this favorite flavor.
Makes 16 muffins
- 2 cups skinned, cored and diced Fiji apples (about 3-4 apples)
- 2 eggs at room temperature
- ¾ cup maple syrup plus extra for brushing tops of muffins
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup unsalted butter, softened in the microwave
- 2 teaspoons maple extract
- 1.5 cups milk
- ½ cup whipping cream
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup oats
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- White granulated sugar for dusting
Pre-heat oven to 425°. Grease a muffin pan or pans with butter and set aside.
In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients- the flour, oats, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In a standing mixer fixed with a batter attachment cream the butter, eggs, sugar and maple syrup on medium speed. While the machine is running slowly add the cream and the milk. Add the maple extract followed by the dry ingredients. Mix until well incorporated then remove the bowl from the stand and gently fold in the apples. Spoon about ¼ cup portions of the batter into the muffin pan and transfer to the oven. Bake for 25 minutes then remove the pans and gently brush the top of each muffin with maple syrup using a pastry brush. Return the muffins to the oven and continue to cook for 10-15 more minutes or until golden brown. Remove the muffins from the oven and dust with the granulated sugar. Let cool in the pan for ten minutes before removing from the pan and allowing to cool on a wire rack for an additional 15 minutes before serving.