Maple Apple Muffins

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Christiana George
Christiana George
Welcome to The Tart Tart, my not-so-tart take on food, writing, and photography. I decided to start up this sucker after repeated nagging from Chris, my fiance, who cannot understand why the sight of a farmer’s market would send me into ecstatic convulsions (okay, total overstatement. I can be quite the histrionic at times).With that said, my interests, though chiefly in food, also span fashion, design, literature, and photography. So don’t mind the seemingly non sequitur odds and ends I toss in posts at times.

My 6 year old daughter had been begging all last week to bake something.  She wanted to make some apple cupcakes.  She took out a page of her recipe book and wrote down all the ingredients and handed it to me.  When I asked her how much of each ingredient, she didn’t have an answer.  So I had to explain to her that recipes are not just about ingredients, they are all about measurements.  So she started pulling out her measuring spoons and put one next to each ingredient.  It was really cute, but then I had to explain to her that when you don’t know what you are doing, it is best to start with a base recipe and adapt it from there.

I found a recipe on the Food Network website for Apple Coffee Cake with Crumble Topping that sounded good.  It was by Emeril Lagasse, you can’t go wrong with any of his recipes.  I didn’t want a heavy cupcake and I wasn’t in the mood for frosting.  So I convinced my daughter we should try to make this recipe as muffins in cute cupcake liners.  She was happy.  I had most of the ingredients except for sour cream, but I had some Vanilla Chobani yogurt on hand.  I also wanted to add a touch of maple, so I replaced some of the sugar for maple syrup.

Just look at those chunks of apples sitting in that fluffy maple cloud.  Don’t you just want to dive right in?

Here my assistant in sprinkling the crumble on top of the muffins before putting then in the oven.

 We did not go overboard on the crumble, just a little to give the muffins a little crunch.  I used some maple butter that I had made before to make the crumble and keep with the maple flavor.

The end result was a light, airy muffin.  Not to sweet, but full of maple and apple flavor with a slightly crunchy topping.  Perfect to go with coffee, tea, or a glass of milk.  I’d share, but sadly they are all gone.

Maple Apple Muffins

by The Sweet Chick

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12-20 minutes

Keywords: bake dessert snack breakfast apple maple syrup muffin

Ingredients (24 muffins)

For the muffins

  • 8 tablespoons(1 stick) butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (vanilla or plain)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 cups chopped apples

For the topping

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons butter (or maple butter)


For the muffins

Preheat oven to 350º F. Fill muffin tins with liners.

In a stand mixer, cream together the brown sugar and the butter. Then add the eggs and mix on low until well blended.

In a large bowl sift together flours, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Then slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture while mixing on low.

Add yogurt and vanilla extract. Then add maple syrup and continue to mix on low until all ingredients are well incorporated.

Lastly, add the chopped apples and mix until apple pieces are well distributed.

Evenly distribute the batter into the muffin liners. Then make the topping.

For the topping

In a small bowl mix together the sugar, flour, oatmeal, and cinnamon. Blend with a fork, making sure there are no lumps.

Melt the butter in a glass container in the microwave for about 20 seconds. Then pour over the dry mixture. Blend with a fork until mixture becomes crumbly.

Evenly distribute the crumble mixture over muffin batter.

Then place muffin tins in the oven and bake at 350º for 15-20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out dry.

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