Apple Coffee Cake Muffins- cinnamon-swirled apple muffins with a buttery brown sugar crumble #apple

These apple coffee cake muffins are packed full of goodies: sweet apples, a cinnamon sugar swirl, and a buttery brown sugar crumb topping.  All the flavors of coffee cake, in muffin form!

Ahhhhhhh.

Guess where I’ve been?  Nowhere.

We are having ourselves a little ‘staycation’.  This was going to be Hawaii…that was until I took a 1.5 hour flight with Kai and decided there was absolutely nothing relaxing about getting on a 10-hour flight with an 11-month old.  Nope, nope, nope.

Instead, Ben took some time off work and we’ve done some fun family things around the city.  We went to the zoo as a family, yesterday we went for a hike.  Kai has had a lot of time with his Daddy, which is really nice.

And I’ve had some culinary therapy, in the form of these apple coffee cake muffins!

 Apple Coffee Cake Muffins- cinnamon-swirled apple muffins with a buttery brown sugar crumble #apple

Apple Coffee Cake Muffins- cinnamon-swirled apple muffins with a buttery brown sugar crumble #apple

I have had a great time this long week-end with some uninterrupted kitchen time.  Uninterrupted kitchen time = SO much more productive!  Are you ready for a bunch of recipes?

First up are these muffins.  Or should I call them cakes?  I really think they should be cake-fins, a hybrid, because these have a lot of goodies you’ll find in cakes…yet are still undeniably muffins in taste and texture.  But there has to be a better name out there than that.

These apple coffee cake muffins were actually ‘created’ back on holidays at my parent’s house where the apple trees were overflowing.  They are so good that I made three batches of them!  It seems that my Mom and I have a very similar addiction: coffee cake.

Apple Coffee Cake Muffins @sweetpeasaffron

Apple Coffee Cake Muffins- cinnamon-swirled apple muffins with a buttery brown sugar crumble #apple

So.  Cake-fins.  Cake-ins?  Muf-akes?  Ugh.  I give up.

These muffins are packed with things that make me happy: apples.  A cinnamon sugar swirl.  And topped with a crumbly, buttery, brown sugar crumble.

They go down perfectly as breakfast…coffee break snack…dessert, you name it!

They are my way of ringing in the first ‘unofficial’ day of fall.  The leaves are changing here, which means apples are totally acceptable!

What do you think?

Apple Coffee Cake Muffins- cinnamon-swirled apple muffins with a buttery brown sugar crumble #apple

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Apple Coffee Cake Muffins
 
These muffins are packed full of goodies: sweet apples, a cinnamon sugar swirl, and a buttery brown sugar crumb topping. All the flavors of coffee cake, in muffin form!
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
Apple Coffee Cake Muffins
  • 2 cups all purpose flour {250g; spooned, fluffed & levelled}
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar {165g}
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup milk {buttermilk recommended but any milk works}
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups of apples, peeled and diced into 1 cm pieces
Cinnamon Sugar Swirl
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar {55g}
  • 1½ tsp ground cinnamon
Crumble Topping
  • 2 tbsp cold butter, cut into pieces {28g}
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar {55g}
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour {32g}
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
Instructions
Cinnamon Sugar Swirl
  1. Combine ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
Crumble Topping
  1. Combine brown sugar, flour and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Cut the butter in using a pastry tool. Mix until coarse and crumbly {see photos above}. Set aside.
Muffins
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Line a standard-sized muffin pan with large muffin papers and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and brown sugar.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat egg, and add in the milk and vegetable oil. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry with a spoon, mixing until just combined. Do not overmix!
  4. Fold in the apples.
  5. Spoon 1 tablespoon of muffin batter into the bottom of each muffin paper. Add a teaspoon of cinnamon sugar mixture, then top with remaining batter until the well is completely full. Spread a heaping spoonful of the crumble topping on top.
  6. Bake for 18-22 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

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