This recipe for Buttermilk Apple Muffins is the essence of fall. These muffins are 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!
What’s in Buttermilk Apple Muffins?
- brown sugar
- granulated sugar
- lemon juice
- cinnamon, cardamom
- all-purpose flour
- baking powder, salt
- golden raisins
- pecans or walnuts
I’m mean c’mon, how much do you want to combine all of those delicious ingredients!? 🙂
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. 😉
Is a Buttermilk Apple Muffin breakfast or dessert?
I think we all know a “muffin” is often dessert. I mean, if you frost it, it’s a cupcake. That said, it’s perfect in the morning with a cup of coffee.
I hope you’ll try this recipe over the weekend — have it for breakfast or for dessert!
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.
What are the best apples to bake with?
The best apples to bake with are apples that will keep their structure when heat is applied. We want to use apples that will stay in pieces, rather then turning int0 applesauce in our cakes, muffins, etc. Here are a few (of several) that work really well.
- Granny Smith
- Pink Lady
(I used Fuji in these Buttermilk Apple Muffins.)
I think making this Spiced Buttermilk Roasted Apple Muffin recipe is sure to bring you some fall joy!
Enjoy every last crumb of these oh-so-delicious Buttermilk Apple Muffins!
More delicious, fall apple recipes for you:
- My Mom’s Ginger Applesauce
- Fall Chai Spiced Apple Cake
- Caramelized Apple Brie Melt
- Dutch Apple Bread
Spiced Buttermilk Apple Muffin Recipe
For the apples
- 3 cups Fuji or Granny Smith apples, peeled, thinly sliced (from about 3 to 4 apples)
- 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
For the batter
For the topping
- ⅓ cup dark brown sugar
- ⅓ cup raw pecans or walnuts, very finely chopped
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons unsalted cold butter, cut into small chunks
- Prepare a muffin tin with 12 paper cups. Set aside.
To prepare the apples
- Preheat the oven to 400°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°F.
For the batter
- 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 3/4 filled with the batter. Set aside.
For the topping
- 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°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.
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