Fall is officially in full swing, and the apple picking extravaganza has begun! There is nothing like using fresh apples in baking and to make Apple Cider (With Video)! Our most flavorful mornings begin with baked goods that get the scents of fall spices throughout the air. When I made these apple cider muffins, we were heading out for a play date at the park later in the morning and I wanted to bring a picnic snack for the kids that had fresh fruit and fall essence. These apple cider muffins are dotted with tiny apple dices along with holiday spices like cinnamon and cardamom. A hefty splash of apple cider rounds all the flavors out so you get apple and spices with each fluffy bite.
St. Louis has fruit orchards less than an hour away. We go often for the latest seasonal picking. As I mentioned in my Bourbon Apple Crisp post, different apple varietals get used for different dishes. While I love tart and juicy apples for pies and crisps that bubble in pleasure when juice is released, I go for apples that have less moisture when baking muffins and cupcakes. Apples that fit this bill would be: Envy, Cameo, Jazz, Jonagold, Jonathan, etc. Want to see all the apple varieties? Check this out, https://bestapples.com/varieties-information/varieties/
Using apples like Jonathan, which I used in these Apple Cider Muffins, will give you all the apple flavor without any excess moisture or soggy, mushy areas in your baked goods.
These apple cider muffins have all the delicate and gourmet flavors without too much sugar or hassle of making a caloric crumb topping. Also, they take about five minutes to prepare, and can be made entirely in one bowl. This makes for an easy and delightful snack to take for a picnic in the park, or to any kind of breakfast or brunch you have coming up. If you want a muffin with a topping, check out my, Pear Crumble Muffins.
Self Rising Flour
Besides creating a fluffy texture, self rising flour is a baker’s dream for muffins like these apple cider muffins! As you saw from my, Buttermilk Drop Biscuits, there are many benefits to using self rising flour. First, it eliminates having to measure and mix up dry ingredients. This flour is a mixture of salt, baking powder, and flour. This saves a ton of time while yielding an incredibly fluffy biscuit, muffin, or bread.
These apple cider muffins have a lighter and fluffier texture, so you won’t feel too full to run around after noshing on a couple! When you touch them to check to see if they’re done they even spring back like a light cake does! To find self rising flour, try your supermarket or this link, https://amzn.to/2xzSPFK
Making The Apple Cider Muffins
The apple cider muffins can be made in one bowl, which is celebration in itself for anyone who hates too many dishes first thing in the morning!
First, melt your butter in a large microwavable bowl and allow to cool. Next, whisk in your sugars for a minute. Then add in your eggs, apple cider, and vanilla and whisk it up. Then just dump in your flour and spices and gently incorporate. Last, peel and dice up your large apple, or two small ones. You want to do this at the end to avoid any browning of the apples. Fold in your apples and divide the muffin mixture between 12 muffin tins. Bake and enjoy!
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Apple Cider Muffins
Apple Cider Muffins are your new fall morning treat! Perfect for picnics, brunch, breakfast, or a light snack. These muffins have fresh apples, apple cider, and self rising flour for a fluffy, light bite. Scented with cardamom and cinnamon, these are a fall treat you will delight in!
- 1 1/3 cup self rising flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted and cooled
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs room temp
- 1/4 cup apple cider room temp
- 1 cup apples finely diced
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 12 muffin tins
1. In a bowl, mix together the self rising flour, spices, and salt.
2. In a large bowl, melt your butter and allow to cool a bit.
3. Whisk sugars into the butter until smooth and dissolving, a minute.
4. Add eggs and apple cider and whisk until fully incorporated.
4. Add dry ingredients. Switch to a wooden spoon or spatula and gently incorporate.
5. Peel and dice apples then fold into batter.
6. Divide evenly among muffin tins.
7. Bake approximately 22-25 minutes.
8. Serve warm with butter or apple butter.
If you do not have self rising flour, substitute with AP Flour. Use 1 1/3 C. AP Flour, 1.5 teaspoons baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
Tools For Making Apple Cider Muffins
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