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Honey Apple Spice Muffins

This image courtesy of Mark T. Shapiro

Serve these tasty muffins for breakfast or afternoon tea.

I like to dust the tops of the muffins with a little sugar and cinnamon prior to baking.

Freeze cooled muffins in a resealable plastic bag for up to 30 days.

Makes12 muffins

Cooking Methodbaking

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 1 hour

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionBuffet, Family Get-together

Dietary Considerationhalal, kosher, peanut free, soy free, vegetarian

Equipmentfood processor

Mealbreakfast, brunch, snack, tea

Taste and Texturefruity, spiced, sweet

Type of Dishbread, muffins, quickbreads

Ingredients

  • ½ baking apple, cored, peeled and halved
  • 1 cup (250 mL) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (125 mL) cold shortening or unsalted butter, cut into chunks
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup (175 mL) milk
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) liquid honey
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla
  • 2½ cups (625 mL) cake flour
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) baking powder
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) salt
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) freshly ground nutmeg
  • One 12-cup muffin tin, sprayed with nonstick spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).

  2. In work bowl fitted with metal blade, process apple until coarsely chopped, about 20 seconds. Transfer to a bowl. Set aside.

  3. In same work bowl fitted with metal blade, process sugar and shortening until smooth, about 30 seconds. With the motor running, add eggs, milk, honey and vanilla through the feed tube. Remove lid and add cake flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cover and pulse just until incorporated, about 10 times. Add apple chunks and pulse until mixed, about 5 times.

  4. Divide batter evenly into prepared muffin tin. Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 18 to 22 minutes. Let cool in tin on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Transfer to rack to cool completely.

  5. Variation: Add ½ cup (125 mL) chopped walnuts to the batter with apple.

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