Wednesday, December 04, 2013
apple donut muffins
A few weeks ago, I stopped into Azucar, one of my favorite places in San Diego for a treat. They have the best cookies and scones and coffees and everything. I am a little addicted to the place. Anyways, when I was there I saw something called a "donut muffin" and I had to try one. Well, my mind was blown. Amazing.
The next day I decided to try my own donut muffins. I looked around online and put together a recipe that is a slightly dense muffin. After baking you roll the mini muffin in melted butter and cinnamon-sugar. You can make this recipe in a traditional sized muffin pan but I love the mini's. The denser texture combined with the butter-cinnamon-sugar coating gives these little muffins the perfect donut taste. SO good.
apple donut muffins (makes about 30 mini muffins)
2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons melted butter
1 cup cider
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 medium apple - peeled and grated
2 teaspoons cinnamon + 1/4 cup sugar + 4 tablespoons melted butter (for after baking)
1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a mini muffin pan.
2. In a larger bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and brown sugar). Set aside. In a different bowl, mix the 3 tablespoons of melted butter, cider, egg, vanilla extract, and the grated apple.
3. Combine the wet and dry ingredient and spoon into the muffin pan.
4. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove the muffins from the pan and dunk first in the bowl of melted butter, then in the bowl of cinnamon-sugar.
5. Set the coated muffins on a plate to cool. I found that these muffins tasted more "donut like" when they had cooled for about 15 minutes. When they were piping hot, the texture was more muffin-esque. Try it, you'll see what I mean :). Also, depending on how buttery and sugary you want your muffins to be, you might need more than the amounts of cinnamon, sugar, and butter that I recommended for the topping.