Apple Streusel Muffins {Recipe}

apple streusel muffins

Apple Butter Streusel Muffins for Brunch

Muffins are one of those quintessential breakfast and brunch foods that when done right, are the perfect blend of light, fluffy, and flavorful. They can be made in just about any flavor, from fruit to bacon, sweet to savory, and everything in between. I love switching things up, and Apple Butter Streusel Muffins are one of the products of that switching. My favorite homemade apple butter combines with a fluffy muffin and a cinnamon-cardamom topping to become something that you’ll be honored to place on your morning buffet. They bake up extra-tall, and are perfect for that jumbo muffin tin you’ve relegated to the back of the cupboard.
Simple Ingredients for Extraordinary Apple Butter Streusel Muffins
Muffins start out the same way. Eggs, flour, sugar, baking powder. It’s what you do with those things that make the difference. Adding extra baking powder gives the muffins beautiful, high tops like ones you’d see in the bakery, and baking them in two stages helps keep them that way. Buttermilk makes a beautiful crumb, perfectly moist and delicious. I can never seem to use up a whole container of buttermilk, so I use powdered, and add the same amount of liquid in milk. For instance, if the recipe calls for 1 cup of buttermilk, I use 4 tablespoons of buttermilk powder and 1 cup of milk. You can add whatever fruit you like, as long as it’s moist. My original recipe called for 1 cup of mashed banana. I substituted 1 cup of homemade cinnamon apple butter for the banana, and the results were beyond my hopes.

3 C flour
4 t baking powder
2 eggs
1 C sugar
4 T buttermilk powder
1 C milk
½ C oil
1 t vanilla
1 C apple butter
¼ C flour
2 T brown sugar
½ t cinnamon
½ t cardamom
2 T butter, softened

Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Line jumbo muffin tin cups with paper liners. Set aside.
In a large bowl, mix the flour and baking powder. Set aside.
In a large bowl or mixer, whisk the eggs until creamy. Add the sugar and mix until smooth.
To the eggs, add the buttermilk powder, milk, oil, vanilla, and apple butter. Mix well.
Gradually add in the flour mixture, mixing to incorporate completely.
Fill muffin liners to about ¼ inch of the top.
In a small bowl, mix the topping ingredients into a soft, crumbly dough.
Sprinkle over the top of each muffin.
Bake 5 minutes at 425 degrees F. Reduce heat to 375 degrees F and bake an additional 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Allow to cool.
Makes 7-8 jumbo muffins.]

apple streusel muffin process

Apple Butter Streusel Muffins for Now and Later {Freezer Friendly

I make up batches of Apple Butter Streusel Muffins at a time, because I freeze them for later. It’s wonderful to bring out a few muffins, let them thaw then warm them in the oven for a fantastic breakfast option in the middle of the week. Or, I’ll make up a few batches of Apple Butter Streusel Muffins a week or so before a big holiday. I have breakfast available easily and I can concentrate on other things for the holiday. Apple Butter Streusel Muffins are a great way to have a homemade bakery muffin at your fingertips.

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