I got a fall shipment of apples from Stemilt and can’t wait to share this recipe with you. They sent me a variety box to try out and while Piñatas are my favorite, I chose Tango’s for these amazing apple muffins. The muffins are a bit different from ones you may have had in the past. First, the apples themselves give them a naturally sweet taste. Next, you get a hint of coconut flavor from coconut milk and dried coconut. The real surprise comes from Asian five-spice powder. I’ve never used this before and assumed it was more of a savory spice mix but no, it’s a blend of cinnamon, cloves, fennel, star anise and black pepper. How can that be bad. If you’re sick of pumpkin spice, give this a try and change things up a bit.
I made these in advance for some weekend guests and froze them. While they tasted marvelous, freezing them seemed to dry them out a bit. For best results I would make them the same day or leave them in a sealed container on the counter and eat the following day. I loved them still slightly warm. I’m so glad fall has finally arrived. If you’re in the Carolinas, I can find Stemilt apples at Whole Foods and sometimes at Harris Teeter.
Spiced Apple Muffins
Spiced Apple Muffins are an amazingly moist muffin with coconut milk, coconut and a SECRET spice for a twist on plain apple muffins. Topped with streusel and a simple glaze.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 12 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- 1 ¾ cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon Asian five-spice powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup butter, room temp
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup sour cream
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- ¼ cup coconut milk
- 1 ½ cups apples, peeled and chopped into ½ inch pieces
- ⅓ cup borwn sugar
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- ½ cup flour
- ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- ½ cup confectioner’s sugar
- 2 tablespoons coconut milk
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 425º. Line a 12 cup muffin tip with paper liners.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, soda, baking powder, five-spice powder and salt. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter. Add both sugars and beat on high for about 2 minutes. Add eggs, sour cream and vanilla and mix well.
- Remove the bowl from the mixer and add the flour mixture. Add coconut milk and stir just until combined, it can be lumpy. Fold in apples and spoon into prepared muffin tin with an ice cream scoop.
- For the topping, combine all ingredients and stir until combined. Sprinkle over the muffins.
- Bake for 5 minutes. Without opening the oven door, reduce temperature to 350º and continue to cook for 10-15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Let them cool slightly in the pan while you prepare the glaze,.
- Whisk together the ingredients for the glaze and drizzle over the warm muffins. Eat right away or store at room temperature in a sealed container.
- Makes 12 muffins.