Sunday, October 14, 2012

Apple Muffins

1 can apple pie filling
2 cups baking mix (Bisquick or Jiffy Mix)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
This is as simple as it gets folks!  No I didn't harvest, wash, peel and bake the apples from scratch (but you certainly can if you have the time)!  I am a busy baker so I take what short cuts I can.  Today's goal was to make a light and simple muffin that wouldn't have 500 calories each!
Add apple pie filling to your mixing dish and mash it with a potato masher (or a fork will work too).  When your apples are mashed to a small chunk consistency, add baking mix, sugar, eggs and oil.  Mix well and add your batter into the baking cups or muffin tin...I use an ice cream scooper and it is the exact right amount every time.
Bake at 350* for 20 minutes or until golden brown on top and centers are set. 
Now I did these straight forward and super simple.  You can embellish this with nuts, a streusel topping or even a glaze on top. 
Streusel Topping
1/2 cup baking mix (flour works too)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 stick real butter (softened but not melted)
1 tsp cinnamon sugar
Use a fork to "cut" ingredients into the butter, you want a medium to fine crumbly consistency.  Sprinkle the streusel over the top of batter then bake your muffins.
1 cup powdered sugar
1 t cinnamon sugar
2 T milk
Whip together then set in fridge to let the glaze thicken for about 10 - 15 minutes.  Drizzle over muffins and serve.
If you do go traditional and bake your own apples, be sure to add 1 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup cinnamon sugar to them in order to keep them sweet.  I like to mix my sugar as 1/2 cup white and 1/2 cup brown sugar. 
Grab a cold glass of milk, butter up that muffin and enjoy!

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