Apple Pie Streusel Muffins

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I promised that I would post the recipe for the Apple Pie  Bread that I ruined the other day,so I’m following through – sort of.

I didn’t want to make another bread, so I decided to adapt the theme into muffins. These muffins are moist, tender, and topped with a crunchy streusel nut topping.

Instead of shredding all of the apple like the bread recipe calls for, I combined the shredded apple with some diced apple. I think I like the texture of the diced apple better, so next time I would do all diced apple.

Adding a swirl of the cinnamon streusel inside the muffins would be great too!

Now when I make muffins, I’m a domed muffin snob. Give me a mile high, fluffy muffin over the flat variety any day. The secret of making sky-scraping muffins has eluded me for a long time, but I recently learned a few tricks that have paid off.

1. Fill your muffin tins full. Not 1/2 way, not 2/3 way. TO THE TOP. Filling only 1/2 to 2/3 full is not enough batter to give you a high-domed muffin. Your recipe that yields 12 regular muffins may only make nine or ten high-domed muffins. If so, fill any empty tins half full with water.

2. You need a thick batter. If you fill your tin with a thin batter, it will flow all over your oven before setting. Your batter should be “spoonable” not pourable.

3. Get your oven hot! I’m talking 425F. Preheat the oven to 425F, then when your muffins have been in for about 5 minutes, reduce the temperature to 375F. If you leave the temperature high, the muffins will bake too quickly, and may become crusty. This initial high temperature will create a burst of steam, which will cause the muffin tops to lift and set.

That’s it! Once you have these tricks under your belt, you’ll never go back to flat muffins again.Rolling on the floor laughing

Apple Pie Streusel Muffins
prep: 15 min; bake: 25 min; yield: 12 muffins
  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons low fat plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded or diced apple (peeled and cored)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2-3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1. Preheat oven to 425F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners.

2. For the Streusel: In a small bowl combine the 1/4 brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Using a fork cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the chopped nuts, set aside.

3. In a medium bowl combine the flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.

4. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the milk, sugars, yogurt, oil, eggs, vanilla,baking powder, salt and baking soda.
5. Fold in flour, stirring just until incorporated. Gently fold in the apples.

6. Divide the batter between 12 muffin tins, making sure each one is filled to the top.

7. Sprinkle the streusel topping over each muffin.

8. Bake for 5 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 375F and continue baking for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
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Blog is the New Black said...

These look wonderful- my bf would LOVE these- anything streusel is his fav. :)

Cool Chic Style Fashion said...

Deliziosa ricetta, ciao ♥

Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

These look delicious! I usually prefer the apple chunks to the diced apple also.

Belinda @zomppa said...

That muffin top is one everyone would definitely want!

Jill Colonna said...

You're quite right to be a "muffin snob". These ones sure beat the rubbish you can buy in so many bakeries! Love the streusel topping. Class!

Lindsey said...

These muffins look heavenly! Wish I had one with my morning cup of coffee!

Sandra said...

This morning I had a craving for these..I love how you made them, and it could be really awesome and healthy breakfast muffin!

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

Apple + Streusel = I want one!!!

Cassie | Bake Your Day said...

These look beautiful and healthy and so tasty, I'm looking forward to giving them a try!

Emily Malloy said...

Wonderful tips, including the filling mark! Each recipe is so different and the same "rules" should not apply to everything!

sara @ CaffeIna said...

I really need to make these muffins with Carla! We love the streusel part!

Mary @Delightful Bitefuls said...

That is a perfect, beautiful muffin!

Mary xx
Delightful Bitefuls

Lyndsey said...

I would love to eat one of those right now! They look delicious!

Torviewtoronto said...

flavourful looks delicious with the streusel

Unknown said...

I seriously want one of these. Like. Right. Now! ♥- Katrina

Unknown said...

Those look wonderful.

Angela@RecipesFromMyMom said...

What great muffin baking tips! Love a great steusel topping on muffins.

Heather I. said...

I just found your blog and I love it, especially your design! These muffins look delicious. Apple chunks are totally the way to go :)

Kate @ said...

I bow to you - that truly is the best looking muffin I have ever seen!
I really want one!!!

briarrose said...

What a beautiful muffin. They look perfect.

Becky said...

I love making muffins, because they are easy and produce wonderful desserts, or snack. Your Apple Pie muffins with the streusel muffins fir the bill. gorgeous!

Celia said...

Streusel is so key. Yum!

Brandie said...

Hahaha - I"m a muffin dome lover too. That's the best part. And I absolutely love streusel topping on any muffin. Sounds so good!

Cheryl and Adam @ said...

These are just perfect!

Lindsey@Lindselicious said...

I'm in love with Apple Muffins! Yours looks fabulous!

Kate Goodpaster said...

As a quick bread does this recipe make one 9x5 loaf or two?

Unknown said...

Kate - The recipe I used to make these muffins was actually a muffin recipe I adapted, so it wasn't a quick bread originally. This recipe should be enough batter for one quick bread loaf though.

If you're interested in the Apple Pie Bread recipe that I turned into Chocolate Chip Bread, the batter base is the same as the Chocolate Chip Bread. Just substitute 2 cups shredded apples for the chocolate chips, and add 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp nutmeg.

I hope this helps:) Let me know if you have any other questions:)

Anonymous said...

Yum! I am loving these in muffin form! I'm so glad you made the adaptation :)

Eileen said...

I love apple muffins. Those look like a great breakfast to me!

Mackenzie@ The Caramel Cookie said...

Anything with streusel has to be good! YUM!

grace said...

your tips must be good, because these are some of the finest muffins i've ever seen--they look perfect! the fact that apples and cinnamon are involved certainly doesn't hurt matters... :)

All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

I am a little late to the party but these look wonderful. Congrats on the Top 9 too!

maria elena said...

Foarte frumos, felicitari, ai un blog frumos si interesant!

Peggy said...

Oh yum! These look great! Definitely love those helpful tips!

Unknown said...

These look just wonderful, I love this sort of Muffin. x

Becky said...

Congrats on the top 9 today!

Shannon said...

I have to say, those are the most beautifulest (not a word I know, but still....)muffins I have ever seen. Wonderful.

Nana Phyllis said...

These look wonderful. If you added strduesel to the middle, would you make additional streusel?

Loul@ said...

I have to try your recipe, it look so delicious!

Unknown said...

Nana Phyllis - Yes, I would make additional streusel topping to swirl in the center. Double the amount should be plenty. Hope this helps:)


Patty H. said...

These look awesome,and your photos are really nice. My husband has been on a banana muffin kick, and I'm getting tired of making them, so maybe I'll make these for him just for something different!

Jenn (Cookies Cupcakes Cardio) said...

Wow, I love anything with baked apple in it...and add the streusel topping and I'm definitely bookmarking this recipe! Thanks.

Threemealsaday said...

Congrats on your top 9. These look great. The streusel topping is very well done. Nice photo.

Adding your site to my search list. Love that Julia Child quote. Thanks for sharing.

Kim - Liv Life said...

I'm just home after one of "those" days where I've seem to have been on the road and dealing with drama queens for hours. I'm grumpy and hungry. The first page I flipped to was the Top 9, and I can't begin to tell you just how appealing these muffins are!! Everything about them is absolutely perfect.
The tips are ideal as well, I think I don't fill mine enough... I will tuck that away. Thanks!

Natalie said...

these look to die for! I bookmarked to make sometime soon :)

Katarina said...

Lovely muffins!

A little bit of everything said...

These muffins are so pretty. I love high dome muffins too and next time I'll take your advice and fill them up to top.
thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

scrambledhenfruit said...

These look so good! With the apples, cinnamon and the streusel topping, these would be a fabulous breakfast tomorrow. :)

scrambledhenfruit said...

These look so good! With the apples, cinnamon and the streusel topping, these would be a fabulous breakfast tomorrow. :)

Unknown said...

These are delicious, but I found that when I was putting together the wet ingredients the recipe said to add vanilla, but in the ingredients list there is no measurement for vanilla.

Meg Luby said...

yay for apples! in all forms, ha. this rocks though! i mean- i love this! i had bookmarked a bunch of recipes to get back and comment on post vacation and this was one i knew i needed to share some love on. thanks for sharing :)

Rachel (teacher-chef) said...

Thanks for the "muffin top" instructions - I love a good crusty muffin top (as long as its not from my pants). I'm in charge of breakfast this week for my co-workers and this is one of my "fall-themed" breakfast goodies I will be making, thanks for sharing with beautiful photos & recipe

Anonymous said...

I am in the process of baking these muffins they smell amazing, they are puffed up there are the best looking muffins I've ever made, my family will love these filled with healthy apples yummy I added two cups grated apples too can't wait to try it I'm sure they will be tastey

Jo W. said...

thanks for the muffin tips! i do love a high muffin top. they are the best part :)

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