Friday, 2 October 2009

Toffee apple muffins

Autumn is well and truly upon us now, the leaves are falling and there's definitely a chill in the air. It's not all bad though, with Autumn comes Autumn fruits, blackberries, plums, pears, and of course apples.

Bramley apples are undoubtedly one of the best varieties for cooking, they have a fantastic slightly sharp flavour which becomes sweeter and milder with cooking. They are perfect for adding to cakes and muffins which is exactly what I did.Toffee and apples is a truly delicious combination and it works fantastically well in these muffins.

I made a traditional muffin batter to which I added big chunks of peeled chopped apples, pieces of soft toffee and of course cinnamon. To give the muffins a nice crunch I sprinkled the tops with demerera sugar.Supermarket muffins are so often disappointing, being bland, doughy and with hardly any fruit. These muffins are so easy to make there's really no need to buy them again, they taste great too!

Recipe
Ingredients:
  • 350g plain flour
  • 2 Tsp baking powder
  • 2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 200g Caster sugar
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 120ml Vegetable oil
  • 120 milk
  • A large handful of soft toffees chopped into chunks
  • 3 Bramley apples, peeled, cored and chopped (you could use other apples, try Cox or Granny Smith)
  • Demerera sugar for sprinkling
Method:
  • Preheat your oven to gas 4/180c and line a 12 hole muffin tray with muffin cases
  • In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients together (flour, baking powder, cinnamon, sugar)
  • Add the wet ingredients (eggs, oil, milk) to the bowl of dry ingredients and mix to a batter, a few lumps don't matter so don't over mix
  • Add the chopped apples and toffees to the batter mix in well then divide the mixture between the muffin cases.
  • Sprinkle the tops with the demerera sugar and bake for about 30 minutes
  • serve warm or cold

13 comments:

Karen said...

Mmm, this would be like eating a caramel apple... sounds really good!

Christina said...

I agree with Karen, I thought of caramel+apples when I read this, too! Very delicious looking! You're completely right about store bought muffins, it's one of the many baked stuff I really have no desire to buy.

♥peachkins♥ said...

mmm..these are my kind of muffin!

Katie said...

Wow these look fab! Your muffins are perfect, so wonferfully fluffy looking. Will be giving these a go - I bet they'd be a hit at a bonfire party

Kevin said...

Apple and toffee is a great combo and I could certainly go for some of those muffins for breakfast.

Hopie said...

Wow those sound wonderful. I love toffee. And apples. And I just got some apples in my CSA basket. I usually make apple-walnut muffins but I see I'm going to have to change things up a bit.

Foodycat said...

These look wonderful, Sam!

The Caked Crusader said...

toffee and apple is a match made in heaven. I'm not usually a muffin fan (for the reasons you state) but these look amazing. I want to pick the crust top off each one and eat it with my cup of tea!

Amanda @ Mrs.W's Kitchen said...

Wow, they look sooooo good, Sam! My mouth is watering!

gastroanthropologist said...

An awesome muffin combination. I totally agree with you about supermarket muffins - I had a muffin at a coffeeshop the other day (no doubt from a similar supplier) and it tasted like it was made with things that should not be consumed. And the texture - yuck.

These however look really delicious and so begins the season for apples!

Margaret said...

Great muffins and these will appeal to all ages!

Agirlhastoeat said...

Hey these look great!

pigpigscorner said...

Oh wow, these look amazing, I can see the melted toffee!