Thursday, October 15

Baking With Granny Smith Apples: A Recipe for Old-Fashioned Spiced Apple Streusel Muffins

apple streusel muffins


I'm back home in New England this week; I'm wearing my fleece, enjoying brilliant foliage, and subsisting on a diet of apples and goods baked with apples. Although you can't compare the year-round fresh produce in San Diego with the produce here, when it comes to apples, New England is indisputably #1. Although any apple can be shined on your sleeve and eaten as is, we usually divide them into eating and cooking apples: firm Cortlands for baking pies; soft MacIntosh for apple sauce; crisp Macouns for eating.

baskets of apples in Scituate, Rhode Island
(Apples from Pomfret, Connecticut.)

Before I left San Diego, I used some Granny Smith apples I had to make these Old-Fashioned Spiced Apple Streusel Muffins. The sour tang of Granny Smiths contrasts deliciously with sweet raisins, brown sugar, and spices. The beauty of this Granny Smith recipe is that they taste like your grandmother's homey spiced apple streusel muffins but with a youthful jolt of tartness. Pair them with a latte for a San Diego treat, or go New England with a nice, hot cup 'a coffee. 

apple streusel muffins

Old-Fashioned Spiced Apple Streusel Muffins
Makes 12 regular size muffins.
Print recipe only here.

Streusel Topping:
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon cold butter

Apples:
1 1/4 cups Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped (about 2 small)
2 teaspoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons butter
1/4 teaspoon apple pie spice
1/4 cup coarsely chopped raisins

Muffins:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup light brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
5 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


1. Place rack in center of oven and preheat to 375 degrees F. Line a 12-mold regular size muffin pan with paper muffins cups.

2. To make the streusel, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, and walnuts. Cut cold butter into small pieces. Using your fingertips, rub butter into the mixture until a pebbly texture forms. Refrigerate while making the muffins.

3. For the apples: Put peeled apples in a small bowl, and douse with lemon juice. Toss to coat. In a medium skillet over medium high heat, melt 2 teaspoons butter. Add apples and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon apple pie spice. Add raisins. Cook for 3-5 minutes, or until apples are lightly browned and tender. Remove from heat.

4. For the muffins: Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and 1 teaspoon apple pie spice in a large bowl and stir well.

5. In a separate bowl, combine melted butter, buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla extract; whisk well. Add to the flour mixture, stirring until just combined. Fold in the cooked apples.

6. Spoon the batter evenly into the into 12 muffin cups. Remove streusel from refrigerator, and sprinkle evenly over the top of the muffins. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a rack to cool for 5 minutes before removing each muffin and placing on a wire rack to cool.

Here are more apple recipes from Food Blogga that you might enjoy:
Tuscan Torte di Mele (Apple Cake)
Apple, Fennel, and Celery Salad
Crunchy Veg Salad with Lemon-Tahini Dressing
Cranberry, Raisin, and Walnut Apple Sauce

Here are more apple muffin recipes you might enjoy:
Jumbo Fluffy Apple Walnut Muffins at Confabulation in the Kitchen
Apple Muffins with Maple Glaze at Recipe Girl
Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins at That's Not What the Recipe Says
Glazed Apple Oatmeal Cinnamon Muffins at Bleeding Espresso

40 comments:

Bellini Valli said...

Muffins, pies, anything with a streusel topping has little bit of that extra something.

Antonietta said...

Wow these look great!
I'm so glad I found your site. Can't wait to read through it!

Kalyn said...

Great photos! I'm in an apple mood around here too, but I'm guessing the apples in New England are extra good. Glad you're getting to visit.

Patsyk said...

Yes, this time of year is amazing when it comes to apple picking this time of year! I love your recipe and will be marking it to test on my oldest... he loves a homemade muffin for his snack at school!

The Italian Dish said...

Oh, I love apple season. I like the idea of the streusel on top.

Laurie said...

Thank you so much for including a link to my site, Susan!

This recipe looks great! I have a whole car full of apples from my weekend in Vermont, so apple recipes are much welcomed right now.

I've been so busy writing for my day job and harvesting and preserving food for the winter that I've neglected my blog terribly. Thanks for reminding me of the community I'm missing. I'll visit again soon...

Kate said...

This will be perfect for baking today; it's wet and chilly and these muffins will warm us nicely. I love apple season so much!! It's an awesome time in MN as well.

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

These look scrumptious, Susan! I'm just coming off my pumpkin baking phase and I think apples may be next so this recipe comes at a great time.

Happy cook said...

Wow beautiful and so so yumm, i don't think i will be able to wait till it is cool, i will scoff few of them immidietly :-)

Grace said...

apple pie spices and streusel make grace a happy gal. :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love Granny Smith apples! What delightful muffins! I love that streusel topping...

Cheers,


Rosa

Juliana said...

What a nice looking muffin! Love the idea of the topping :-) The pictures of the apples are very cute!

The Teacher Cooks said...

I have looked for a new post!!! These look great. I am finished with my quick bread unit, but will try these with my next semester class. Thanks.

We Are Not Martha said...

They look delicious!! And I LOVE the apple photo; it's soo appealing :)

Sues

culinography said...

Mmmm... looks AMAZING!

Rose&Thorn said...

Oh what a glorious sight! I love the muffins, and will definitely make them soon, before summer comes and the warming flavours are not as welcome.

Jennifer B said...

Delicious! May try these tonight!

Tasty Eats At Home said...

These sound so yummy! I'm a big fan of streusel topping!

RecipeGirl said...

I'm so jealous... my husband is in CT today and then is going up to MA for the weekend w/ relatives (though I hear that you are having a Nor'Easter back there at the moment!!)Still, it would be nice to experience a bit of chilly weather for once. Your muffins look delicious. Did you happen to pick apples in Julian this year?

lisaiscooking said...

This is the muffin I want with my cappuccino! Delicious topping, and the lemon and raisins with the apple sound great.

Cara said...

Hope you're having a good time in New England! Did you wake up to snow this morning like I did?

Tara said...

These look amazing! Was just looking for something good to make the the (way too many) apples I picked last weekend!

Abby said...

Welcome back to the East Coast!

These look great - I adore streusel. (Who doesn't?) Thanks for the shout-out, too!

farida said...

Lovely recipe! What a coincidence - I've posted an apple recipe too:) only mine was with Mutsu apples because I went apple-picking:) but are usually made with Granny Smith.

Christine said...

Hi Susan,
I envy you being on the east coast with all the fall colors. And your muffins look droolingly divine!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Glad you're getting your fix of New England apples, and maybe even a little snow?

Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite said...

Oh aren't they just gorgeous!

Lenka said...

nice ictures, I bet the recipe is very good too :) I am gonna try it soon ;)

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Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

You picked a perfect Fall week to be in New England. These muffins practically scream "New England", too -- apples and streusel, in muffins or cakes, are a perfect combination.

Lynda said...

These look delicious and I can't wait to try them with a cup of coffee! I'm always looking for new muffin recipes.

Nanette said...

Oh yes - other parts of the countries can brag about their apples but New England tops all.

The muffins look great!

Kathy said...

Your photo of the apples....be still my heart! Grew up near Greenville aka 'Apple Valley' and miss those right from the orchard apples more than I ever thought. Now live in South Carolina, plenty of quahogs though....

Shandy said...

What a refreshing and wonderful picture showing bushels of apples. Very Fall and definitely brings an appetite for baking. The spiced apple muffins look divine =)

Karen said...

I love, love, love apple season, and I can never find me enough recipes to do the season justice. Thanks for giving me a new one!

elle said...

pretty apples-who doesn't love muffins.

myfrenchkitchen said...

I love the streusel topping..these look so delicious
Ronelle

Tally Foodie said...

Those muffins look absolutely scrumptious! Hooray for fall and all the yummy treats it brings. I just stumbled upon your site and your recipes are making me very, very hungry!

zuleima said...

These muffins sound delious. They will be good on a cold morning before I go to school. I love your recipe and will be marking it to test on my oldest... he loves a homemade muffin for his snack at school!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Hi Everyone! Thanks for all of your lovely comments and well wishes. Yes, we did have a wonderful time, and I'll be posting all about it soon! Thanks again!

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