Monday, April 14, 2014

Apple Fritter Muffins- Secret Recipe Club

These moist muffins are studded with tender spiced apples and dipped into a sweet glaze. You'll think you're eating an apple fritter.

Hun... What's for Dinner?: Apple Fritter Muffins- These moist muffins are studded with tender spiced apples and dipped into a sweet glaze.

It's time for this month's Secret Recipe Club reveal! I love being part of a group of bloggers, who cook from each other's blogs and then blog about it. It's so exciting to see who had my blog every month and to see what recipe they chose to make! This month I was assigned to Colleen's blog, Secrets from the Cookie Princess. I immediately went to Colleen's blog to check out her recipes, since I had an inkling that her blog would centre around desserts. I was pleasantly surprised to find tons of sweet recipes, along with wonderful savoury recipes. I sure do love my sweets! Right away I found a handful of recipes I wanted to make like M&M Pretzel Cashew Bites, Buffalo Chicken and Blue Cheese Meatloaf and these Apple Fritter Muffins. I mentioned all three recipes to the kiddos and hubby, and they voted for the muffins. I have the other recipes bookmarked to try in the future.

These muffins are awesome!! I love that the apples are cooked down before adding them to the batter. It's like muffin meets caramel apple pie filling. And dipping it in that glaze? OMG the kids and I were swooning, as I was dipping the warm muffins. The bonus was that they are peanut free, so I was able to send them to school with the kids. We had them devoured in the matter of days. How could we not? The muffins were moist and tender, studded with these wonderfully spiced apples and dipped in glaze. The spices were perfect, not over powering and the sweet glaze added just the right amount of sweetness. These muffins will be going into my school muffin rotation, for the kids lunches.

Hun... What's for Dinner?: Apple Fritter Muffins- These moist muffins are studded with tender spiced apples and dipped into a sweet glaze.

Apple Fritter Muffins
adapted from Secrets from the Cookie Princess
via Sweet Pea's Kitchen
printable version

6 Tablespoons butter, divided
3 medium cooking apples ( I went with 2 McIntosh and 1 Red Delicious)
1/3 C brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves 
2 Tbs water

1/4 C flour

2 1/3 C flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda

3 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 C unsweetened apple sauce
1/4 C canola oil
1 tsp vanilla

1 C sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs, room temperature
1 cup buttermilk, room temperature (or 1 Tablespoon vinegar plus 1 cup milk)

2 Tbs butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar 

1 Tbs hot water

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 16 muffin cups with paper liners.

In a large cast iron skillet melt the butter over medium low heat.  Add in the sugar, apples, cinnamon, cloves and 1 Tbs hot water. Cook, stirring occasionally until apples are tender; about 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and gradually stir in 1/4 C flour. Let cool.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a separate large mixing bowl, combine the apple sauce, sugar, brown sugar, oil and vanilla. Whisk in eggs, one at a time; until combined. Add in flour alternately with the buttermilk, starting and finishing with the flour; stirring until the ingredients are just combined. Gently fold in the apples, ensuring to not over mix.

Divide batter equally among muffin cups and smooth the tops. Bake 14-16 minutes; until the tips are pale golden brown and springy to the touch. Remove from oven to a wired rack, letting muffins cool for 5 minutes before removing from the muffin tins. Cool slightly before dipping in into the glaze.

To make the glaze, mix together the melted butter, vanilla, powdered sugar and hot water until smooth. Holding warm muffins upside down, dip tops into the glaze, letting any access drip off. Return to wired rack to let the glaze harder. Dip muffins, into the glaze, a second time. Let harden before serving.

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Danielle Miller said...

I made muffins this month too - yours sound fabulous!

Michaela Kenkel said...

These look amazing!! I'm going to share them at An Affair from the Heart today! :)

Kate said...

My all time favorite pastry is an apple fritter! Nothing is closer to heaven....unless it is these muffins. I will be giving them a try soon. Wonderful SRC selection.

Colleen Bauer said...

I love these muffins, so glad you liked them! Thanks for the kind words on my blog and hope you enjoy the other recipes, too!

Jeanie said...

Sounds delish. Pinned.

Ellie Delancey said...

I'm so hungry looking at these! I have to try these out at home.

Jenna Brussee said...

Yum! I love muffins and these look wonderful. Thanks for sharing with Hump Day Happenings! I am so glad you joined us this week.

Megan Walker said...

Yum! I'm with you: how can you go wrong with warm apples and glaze? Thanks for sharing on Hump Day Happenings!

Beth said...

Muffins are my favourites - and yours sound wonderful!

Michelle Meche said...

We had apple fritters from a local bakery often growing up. I loved them! Will have to try these muffins...the glaze sounds amazing.
Thank you for sharing, Cindy!

Sally said...

I want to make these, but was wondering, the cloves, are they whole or crushed???


Julie said...

I love muffins and these sound delicious.