These Spiced Buttermilk Roasted Apple Muffins are the essence of fall. They’re warmly spiced, full of tender, sweet apples, and are as comforting as can be!Imagine, if you will, something between luscious apple pie and warm apple cake.
That’s exactly what this recipe tastes like!And let’s go ahead and call this sweet, amazingly comforting deliciousness a muffin — that way we can feel good about having it for breakfast. 😉
I hope you’ll try this recipe over the weekend.
You will be so happy you did! My advice . . . warm it slightly, and have it with a perfect cup of coffee.Make sure you begin with fantastic apples — they should be sweet and crisp. Taste them before you buy them — all you have to do is ask, and most produce departments will happily slice into one for you.
I was lucky enough to get these from a friend’s backyard Fuji apple tree. Remember when we used them to make Fall Chai Spiced Apple Cake? This culinary experience is sure to bring you some fall joy!
- 3 cups thinly sliced and peeled Fuji or Granny Smith apples (from about 3 to 4 apples)
- 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- ¾ cup golden raisins
- ⅓ cup dark brown sugar
- ⅓ cup very finely chopped raw pecans or walnuts
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons unsalted cold butter, cut into small chunks
- Prepare a muffin tin with 12 paper cups. Set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F, and adjust a rack to the center.
- In a large bowl, gently mix the apples with the brown sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon. Set aside.
- Add the butter to a sheet pan and place it in the preheated oven for about 30 seconds to melt it. Remove the pan from the oven and move it around to evenly distribute it. Then add the prepared apples and use a flat-bottomed spatula to gently mix them with the butter. Spread them out in a fairly even layer.
- Place the sheet pan back in the oven until the apples are soft, about 8 minutes. Set aside to cool.
- Turn the oven heat down to 375 degrees F.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour with the baking powder, cardamom, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk the buttermilk with the sugar, eggs and vanilla.
- Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Mix just until smooth.
- Fold in the melted butter, the raisins and the roasted apples. (Use a rubber spatula to scrape every last bit of the butter and apples from the pan.)
- Fill the prepared muffin cups evenly -- each should be about ¾ filled with the batter. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar with the nuts and cinnamon. Then use your fingers to incorporate the butter -- it should be a crumbly mixture.
- Evenly distribute the topping on the surface of each muffin.
- Place in preheated 375 degree F oven until they've risen a bit above the top of the cups and are becoming golden, about 20 minutes.
- Let them cool for at least 20 minutes before serving.