Monday, October 20, 2014

Apple Pumpkin Muffins with Bacon Streusel- #CrazyIngredientChallenge

Deliciously moist pumpkin muffins are studded with apples and topped with a delicious brown sugar, bacon streusel topping.

Hun... What's for Dinner? Apple Pumpkin Muffins with Bacon Streusel

It's time for this month's Crazy Ingredient Challenge! Where bloggers create a recipe, using two ingredients that you wouldn't normally pair together. This month the ingredients were Pumpkin and Bacon. Not too crazy.... I haven't been participating in the challenges for several month, because I just couldn't find the time to create a recipe using ingredients chosen. Now that the kids are in school, I have a little more time, so am hoping I can get back into posting for the CIC.

I decided to go with muffins, because with the colder weather my kids have become bottomless pits. They are constantly hungry and I figured muffins would be great snacks for them. I had originally thought of pumpkin ravioli with bacon and sage, but I really couldn't get motivated enough to tackle homemade pasta. 

These muffins are SO delicious. Slightly sweet with bursts of tart apples and a smoky sweet bacon streusel topping. The kids inhaled one after school and requested on before bed, the day I made them. 2 days later, there is only 2 muffins left! I know many of you are probably leary about bacon, in a sweet recipe, but trust me, the bacon streusel is phenomenal.

Hun... What's for Dinner? Apple Pumpkin Muffins with Bacon Streusel

Apple Pumpkin Muffins with Bacon Streusel

Streusel topping:
1/2 C flour
1/4 C brown sugar
4 Tbs butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon
5 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/4 C pumkin seeds (pepitas)

1 1/4 C flour
1 C sugar
2 tsp pumpkin spice
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 C pumpkin
1 egg
1/4 C vegetable oil
1 large apple, peeled, cored and chopped
1 Tbs flour

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 12 cup muffin tin.

In a small mixing bowl combine the 1/2 C flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cut in the cold butter, until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Mix in the crumbled bacon and pumpkin seeds. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the 1 1/4 C flour, sugar, pumpkin spice, baking soda and salt.

In a separate bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, egg and vegetable oil. Toss the apple with the remaining Tbs of flour.

Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, mixing until just about combined. Add in the apples and mix until everything is just combined; making sure not to over mix.

Scoop 1/4 C of batter into each muffin tin well. Evenly sprinkle the bacon streusel on top of the batter. Bake for 20-22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the largest muffin, comes out clean.

Let cool 5 minutes, before removing from muffin tin, to a wire rack.

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Ashley Lecker said...

These sound absolutely delicious- who doesn't love a pumpkin muffin!?

Lori Hart said...

Looks delicous. Love your take on the ingredients this month.

Wendy Klik said...

These sound delicious and what a fun club!!

mealplanmaven said...

Although I don't eat bacon, these muffins looks soooooo amazing! Very creative and fun as well!

Jenn said...

Bacon streusel...you're a genius. These look amazing Cindy!

Dawn Bedingfield said...

ooh girl! I'm all up on this!
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Audrey said...

Wow! Wow! Wow!

Not sure what my favorite part is:

The bacon streusel topping?
The pepitas added in?
The whole flavor combination?


Lynnette Moore said...

The ingredients sound amazing Loo Hoo! Nettie

Sarah Reynolds said...

These look beautiful Cindy. I love the pepitas on top! And I love the apple / pumpkin combo too. :)

Patty Anderson said...

These do sound "crazy" good.

Cynthia Landrie said...

These look delicious! I never thought of using bacon as a topping.

Del's cooking twist said...

Amazing recipe! Looks very tasty and it's perfect for the season. Your pictures are beautiful too!

Michelle Meche said...

Very creative, Cindy. I haven't used bacon in a sweet recipe yet but this looks really good! Thank you for sharing!

Kelster said...

Brown sugar plus bacon. LOVE!!!