I stumbled across a Foster’s Market Favorites by the owner of Foster’s Market in Durham and got the idea for apple cider muffins. I’ve heard about this place but hadn’t had a chance to check it out even though it’s only an hour away. The photographs were beautiful which made it hard for me to pass up. Cookbooks are my weakness. I’ve since been many times and understand why the recipes in this cookbook are so good!
It seems like someone who serves muffins at their restaurant should be an expert in this field so I decided to play around with her recipe and added chopped apples.
What’s the difference between apple cider and apple juice
Apple cider is raw apple juice that has not been filtered or pasteurized so it may look cloudy and will not last as long as apple juice which has been filtered and pasteurized. Apple cider has a more robust apple flavor than apple juice so it’s better in these muffins but you can use apple juice if cider’s not available.
How do you make apple muffins
These are very easy to make and it’s surprising how much flavor the apple cider adds to the muffins. There’s not only apple cider in the muffin itself, but also on the outside.
Step 1: Combine the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet in another and gently combine. Then fold in the chopped apples and scoop into a muffin tin and bake.
Step 2: While they are baking combine melted butter and apple cider in one bowl and cinnamon and sugar in another. Remove the muffins from the oven and let cool just enough that you can pick them up.
Step 3: While the muffins are still hot, dip the top into the butter apple cider mixture and then in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
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Apple Cider Muffins
- 3 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon cloves
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 12 tablespoons butter melted
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup apple cider
- ½ cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 ½ cups apples peeled and chopped.
- 4 tablespoons butter
- ¼ cup apple cider
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 375º. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray. (Paper liners don’t work well)
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together melted butter, sugar and eggs. In a measuring cup, add the cider, buttermilk and vanilla and stir to combine then add to the egg mixture. Add this to your flour mixture, stirring just until combined, don’t over mix. Fold in chopped apples.
- Using an ice cream scoop, add to muffin tins until about 3/4 full.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove and let cool until you can handle them, they should still be warm.
- While the muffins are baking, make the topping. Combine melted butter and apple cider in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Once muffins are cool enough to handle, dip the top in the cider mixture and then dip into the cinnamon sugar mixture.