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Brown Butter Apple Pie Muffins


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  • For the filling
  • 3-4 Medium apples, sliced
  • 1 Lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsp Light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp All-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Apple pie spice
  • .
  • For the muffins
  • 2 1/4 C Flour
  • 1 C Granulated sugar
  • 4 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 C Unsalted butter, browned
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1 C Milk or buttermilk
  • 1/4 C Sour cream
  • .
  • For the streusel
  • 6 tbsp Flour
  • 5 tbsp Brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp Unsalted butter
  • 1/2 C Pecans
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon



Step 1

For filling

Slice apples into small pieces and squeeze a lemon over top and stir to combine.

Add brown sugar, flour, maple syrup, cinnamon, apple pie spice over top of apples. Stir to mix ingredients.

Heat apples on the stove over medium heat for 15-20 minutes until soft. Stir occasionally. Set aside and allow to cool, refrigerate if necessary.

For the muffins

Preheat oven to 425°. Grease a muffin pan with Crisco or baking spray.
In a medium sized bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Then set this mixture aside.

In a shallow sauce pan, melt butter and stir until butter starts to turn light brown and releases a nutty flavor.

In a separate bowl, beat the egg using a whisk until light and fluffy. Add melted butter and whisk together with the egg. Continue to add milk and sour cream and whisk everything together until smooth.

Slowly pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and use a wooden spoon to mix just until combined. Add apple pie filling when about half of your flour is mixed into the wet ingredients.

To prepare streusel topping, combine butter with all dry ingredients. Use a pastry cutter or fork to cut the butter into the dry ingredients until no large chunks remain.

Fill your muffin tin all the way to the top with batter. Add 1-2 tablespoon of streusel to the top of each muffin.

Bake for 5 minutes at 425° and then reduce heat to 350° and bake for another 16-20 minutes. Do not open the oven for at least 15 minutes, you will see how nicely the muffins rise. Baking times will vary by oven.

Check your muffins for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the muffin. If your toothpick comes out clean, your muffin is done. Allow muffins to cool completely in the pan. You can also cool on a wire rack, but you want to allow them to cool enough to remove and transport them out of the pan.

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