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Cinnamon-Apple Yogurt Muffins

Cinnamon-Apple Yogurt Muffins
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WebMD Recipe from Foodily.com

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, then an apple muffin a day surely must keep nobody away.

Not when it’s full of tender, juicy diced apples, toasty cinnamon, and lovely, caramelized brown sugar that’s sure to prompt a near stampede its way.

When a couple of new apples arrived as a sample in the mail, I immediately got the craving for muffins. What can I say? That’s just how I am.

The apples were Pinatas. No, they weren’t full of candy when you cut into them. Indeed, they’re an heirloom varietal that’s available throughout the United States this year for the first time.

After looking over a few muffin recipes, I decided to make up my own, using ideas I liked from a few different ones.

I wanted an apple muffin full of apples and nuts. So into the batter went two apples and 1/3 cup of toasted walnuts. Since I didn’t have milk or buttermilk on hand, I used Greek yogurt for moistness and a subtle tang. Since I still have a half full bottle of Calvados in the house, I added a little of that, too, just for fun. But you can easily leave it out if you want.

For the top, I wanted a little sweetness, but not the usual, thick layer of sugary streusel. I’ve baked muffins before, where after they cooled, I’ve dipped the tops in butter, then rolled them into cinnamon-sugar. This time, I tried sprinkling on a little cinnamon-brown sugar before baking. The mixture bakes into the muffin and creates a very pleasing thin, crackly, caramelized top.

When they emerged from the oven smelling like apple pie in muffin form, my husband waltzed into the kitchen, eager to try one.

After all, these muffins are a surefire way to keep nobody away.

Ingredients
  • 1 cup
    granulated sugar
  • 2 cups
    all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons
    baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon
    salt, plus a pinch
  • 1/2 teaspoon
    ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon
    ground nutmeg
  • 2 medium
    apples, peeled, cored, quartered, then diced
  • 1/3 cup
    walnuts, chopped, toasted
  • 2 large
    eggs
  • 1 cup
    Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup
    unsalted butter, melted, (1 stick)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons
    Calvados, (optional)
  • 1/4 cup
    brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon
    cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Place cupcake liners inside a 12-cup standard muffin tin.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Whisk together sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Add diced apples and walnuts, tossing to coat. Whisk together eggs, yogurt, butter, and Calvados (if using) in a small bowl. Gently fold the liquid mixture into the flour mixture until just combined. Don’t over mix or muffins will be tough. Divide batter among muffin cups.
  4. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar with cinnamon. Sprinkle a little of the mixture over the top of each muffin.
  5. Bake until muffins are brown around edges and spring back when touched, 16 to 18 minutes. Remove muffin pan to a rack to cool for about 5 minutes. Then, turn out muffins onto the wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. Store muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. Or freeze in a plastic container for longer storage.

 

 

Nutritional Information

Makes: 12 servings
  • Calories283
  • Carbohydrates41.1 g
    • Dietary fiber1.8 g
  • Cholesterol56 mg
  • Fat11.4 g
    • Saturated fat5.6 g
  • Sodium284 mg
  • Protein5.7 g
* Nutritional Guidelines based on the USDA's MyPlate Standards.
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