Apple muffins

believe it or not, its September and here in Vermont that means apple season. A number of states, my home Michigan included, were hit with early warm tempuratures and then frost that desimated crops.  Some Vermont orchards lost huge swaths of their apple crop.  but there are still apples to be had. i have already tried Paulareds from Shelburne Orchards and Macintosh from Champlain Orchards. This week i’ve ordered gingergolds. and while eating apples straight, with peanut butter or cinnamon, on a grilled cheese sandwich never gets old, i am always looking for new and fun ways to use them. 

the following is one of those well tested recipes. it comes out great every time–and so i’ve made it a lot!

recipe from Food & Wine

Streusel
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

Crumb Cakes
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
3/4 cup sour cream
1 large egg, beaten
1 large apple, peeled and finely diced
1.MAKE THE STREUSEL Preheat the oven to 350°. In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle, combine the flour with the brown sugar and salt. Add the butter pieces and mix at medium-low speed until the mixture resembles coarse meal; continue mixing the streusel until very small clumps form. Transfer the streusel to a large plate and refrigerate until it is well chilled, about 10 minutes.
2.MAKE THE CRUMB CAKES Line 18 standard-size muffin cups with paper liners or don’t. If you don’t paper, spray the muffin tin with vegetable oil cooking spray. In the mixer bowl, combine the flour with the granulated sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Add the butter pieces and beat at low speed until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the sour cream and beaten egg and beat until the batter is smooth. Add the diced apple and beat just until incorporated.
3.Fill the muffin cups halfway with the crumb cake batter. Press the streusel into clumps and sprinkle on top. Bake the crumb cakes in the center of the oven for about 30 minutes, until risen, golden and springy to the touch; rotate the pans halfway through baking. Let the crumb cakes cool slightly before serving.

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