It’s no secret that I love autumn. Also not a secret? Despite living in a top travel destination and “enjoying” warm weather, beaches, flip-flops, and sun all year? I prefer rainy days, chilly breezes, boots, and sweaters. I’m not a fan of 95°+ at the pumpkin patch in late October. Sue me, I’m not.
So this week I’m itching for a taste of autumn and willing the heat away (I’ll let you know how that turns out for me). Apples are on our menu in various forms. This morning I cranked up the a/c (sorry hubs!) and baked applesauce muffins. They were just what I was looking for. If you love cinnamon, apples, cloves, and moist muffins then these should make an appearance in your oven soon . Next time I’m going to add finely chopped apple to the top of the muffins before baking. Mm.
I also used my homemade applesauce. It’s slightly chunky and adds great flavor. If you have any homemade applesauce around, I’d suggest it instead of store-bought. Although I’m sure the store-bought would work just fine, I believe the added flavors from homemade make this extra-yummy.
Applesauce Muffins(Adapted from “With Heart and Soul” by Roxie Kelley & Shelly Reeves Smith)
- 1 stick of butter, softened
- •1 cup of brown sugar, packed
- •1 egg
- •2 cups of flour
- •1 tsp. baking powder
- •1 tsp. baking soda
- •1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- •1 & ½ tsps. cinnamon
- •1/2 tsp. ground cloves
- •3/4 cup homemade applesauce: I used mine which is slightly chunky, not too smooth and has lots of cinnamon and a bit of lemon
- •Optional: Finely chopped apples
- Preheat oven to 350°. Spray cups of muffin pan with non-stick spray or place liners in each cup. Cream the softened butter and sugar together with a hand mixer and then add the egg. Beat until smooth.
- In another bowl, combine sugar, egg, flour, baking powder & soda, salt, cinnamon, and cloves. Add to the butter and sugar mixture and beat until just combined. Add the applesauce and mix again until combined. Spoon or use a spring-handled ice cream scoop to fill muffin cups. Suggestion: Top each muffin with a teaspoon of finely chopped apple if you like. Bake until just golden, about 18-20 minutes. Note: I used a toothpick to check the centers and took them out JUST when they’d set/cooked thru at about 20 minutes.