Friday, November 30, 2012

Apple Cinnamon Crumble Muffins - Twelve Loaves

Nice breakfast muffins for me. I rarely have muffins for breakfast but i had these on three separate mornings. They are dense and soft and just a little sweet. Some oats on the crumbles here also provide extra bites and texture to these muffins. Maybe it's the psychological thing in me, just a little oats in the bites makes me feel like i'm eating something wholesome. Half of the apples here are grated so if you do not like too much chunks in your muffins, you can consider grating some of them, they still gives a nice moist to the muffins. Most of the time i dont really bother much using salted and unsalted butter in my bakes because sometimes i cant really tell the difference but this time i can actually taste a little saltiness in these muffins, i think it's in the crumbles which surprisingly i find it pleasing and nice. Maybe it's also the butter, Ballantyne..probably they contain more salt? Anyway, these are easy and fast to make, i wish cooking dinner is as fast as making muffins :)

Recipe ( from ABC delicious magazine )
2 green apples, peeled
300gm self raising flour, sifted
80gm sugar
50gm unsalted butter, melted ( i used salted )
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2tbsp milk ( i used diary cream)
1tsp ground cinnamon
cinnamon sugar, to dust ( mixture of cinnamon plus sugar)
honey, to drizzle

Crumble topping
40gm chilled unsalted butter, chopped ( i used salted butter )
50gm self raising flour
2tbsp brown sugar
1tbsp rolled oats

1.Preheat oven to 180C. Line 8 holes of muffin tray with paper muffin cases.
2.Coarsely grate 1 apple and chop the other. Place the apple in a large bowl with the flour, sugar, butter, eggs , milk or cream and cinnamon. Mix until just combined ( dont overwork or muffins will be tough ). Divide the batter among the paper cases.
3. For the crumble, place the butter, flour, sugar and oats in a large bowl and rub in all together.
4.Scatter crumble over the batter and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until the muffins are cooked and golden. Cool in the pan for 5 mins, then transfer muffins to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with cinnamon sugar and drizzle with honey to serve.

Happy to link this to post to Twelve Loaves ( theme : Autumn Fruits ) hosted by Lora, Cake Duchess and Creative Culinary
and also Recipe Box 25 hosted by Chaya


  1. This is a healhty baked. I love oat as the ingredient. It raised so well. Lena, you have a nice weekend.

  2. Lena,
    This crumble in the muffins looks so crunchy!!
    Would like to have this health muffin for my breakfast too!!
    I like to use Ballantyne butter too sometimes.
    Have a lovely weekends!!

  3. Hi Lena
    Beautiful muffins! I rarely bake muffins; just do not know why it didnt occur to bake this but looking at your healthy muffins here do make me crave to have some!

  4. I love that crumble on top and how moist the muffins are :)

  5. I like this muffin very much. Nice smell....

  6. Hello Lena, your muffins are wonderful ... I'll try to play them in my kitchen.
    kiss :)

  7. Indeed lovely muffins to have for breakfast. :) and yes, I wish cooking dinner is like baking muffins, haha! Hope u are doing well my friend, dropping by to say Hi and help myself with those delicious muffins, nom nom nom...:D

  8. Bet they taste good and they look such fun. Take care Diane

  9. Lovely muffins, Lena! I like the crumble top!
    I've always prefer salted butter to unsalted, any brand I also sapu! hehehe!

  10. Wow a really power breakfast muffins to start off the day with. Hey, Lena, wanna come for the BBW?? got many books..heehheee

  11. Lena , those muffins are delicious ! Love the look of the crumb topping :D Yum !!!

  12. Yummy looking muffins and lovely clicks too!

  13. Mmmm... look very pretty and delicious. I love apple with cinnamon, they can never go wrong.

  14. The streusel topping is just irresistible!

  15. Lena, look at the crumble toppings! I think I can eat this for my breakfast, brunch, afternoon tea & supper.

  16. I am certain that these would not have lasted for three mornings at my house! That is unless I made a new batch each morning! They look WONDERFUL!! I can only imagine how amazing the aroma is ...............

  17. The crumbles make it extra nice, doesnt it? This one is manageabke for me haha! I like apples in my muffins, so will definitely add this to my list , thanks Lena.

  18. So puffy and cute! They must be super delicious too, that's why you had them 3 mornings in a row :)

  19. Eileen, hundred eighty degreesDecember 2, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Hi Lena, if dinner can be fixed as fast, I probably will be cooking everyday:.Haha. your muffins looks great with a cup of coffee... I like streusel toppings ..

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  21. Hi Lena,

    Totally agree with you that cooking dinner for a family is much more difficult than baking muffins. LOL! Even more stressful to cook if dinner has to be served in less than an hour time... *sign*

    Your muffins looks wonderful. I think I have to make these muffins so that I can serve them whenever my dinner cooking turn out to be disasters.

  22. Hi Lena, the cakes look real good, but regret not a fan of cinnamon in cakes, maybe food.
    Surprisingly with all the cakes, fantastic food dishes you make, you remain slim. And to think there's that saying here, 'never trust a thin cook', ha ha ha.
    You are the exception....
    Have fun,

  23. Great! Another recipe with APPLES! I really need to use up all the apples that I harvested. Tasty & healthy muffins for breakfast sounds yummy to me & what I LOVE most was those rich crumble top! The greedy me talking again! LOL

  24. Healthy and light. I'm normally not a fan of muffins though this would be a lovely treat! Especially with the crumble!

  25. These sound great and they look like they'd melt in the mouth.

  26. This is probably a good christmas bake as well with the crumble!!! do you think the dairy cream makes it more creamy or is it similar to milk?

  27. Lena, we must be craving for apples at the same time....haha. I have been making apple cakes yesterday and again today! Great cooks think alike :D Totally agree with you. I also wish that preparing a meal is as easy as baking. And no greasy kitchen to clean up in baking. Maybe I should just make everyone eat desserts during meal times.....hehe

  28. i have never seen a better looking muffin! It looks magical

  29. yan: thank you!

    doreen: thanks. These muffins are also not that sweet making it nice for breakfast:)

    mel: thank you mel, you know i rarely baked muffins too, just sometimes i'm lazy and need something quick to bake, muffins are a good choice:)

    mich: i love the crumble too!

    angeline: hi, how are you? are you on holidays?

    duxa: hope you will like it!

    bee: hi, i'm good. I know that you had a terrific time in taipei..makan-ning!!

    diane: they are nice to eat, not rich and not very sweet :)

    joyce: hi, most of the time i buy salted rather than unsalted, at least can use them for spreading too.

    jen: hey hey...i know you are going!! i already ask you know who to call me and let me know abt the sale :D

  30. anne: thank you!

    cheah: thank you!

    cquek: thanks for visiting!

    ann: i just saw in my google reader that you have an apple post too, will chk it out soon!

    angie: yup,that adds a nice finishing touch to the muffins.

    jessie: ha! you sure or not? have a nice trip back home!

    chris: thank you so much for your nice words!

    esther: yeah, i'm sure you can manage this . LOok at your recent carrot cake, it looks fabulous!

    phong hong: yeah, it's not really sweet and not oily, that's why i can have it on that few mornings :D

    eileen: thank you! yeah, cooking dinner needs a lot of preparation work sometimes :)

    zoe: thanks! especially chinese cooking got to chop this, chop that, boil soup..etc..steam and smoke in the kitchen! LOL!

    lee: hey, thanks. actually i've put on weight these few months, i'm trying not to eat so much meat nowadays :D

    kit: i'm jealous when you said your harvested apples. I wish i'm staying next to you then i can also pluck apples from your trees!

    kelly: thank you! i seldom bake muffins too but i must say that these are quite nice to eat . Not sweet and a little wholesome too!

    carol: thank you ! They are nice and soft:)

    daphne: i;m not quite sure but probably the cream gives more tender texture.

    mary: haha! i wonder what will they say if they eat desserts 3 times a day like normal meals..normally i have to spend an hour or more to cook dinner. Try to do less frying..otherwise kitchen will be oily too :)

    jessica: Thank you!

  31. The toppings definitely caught my eyes first! Looks so yummy! And I agreed totally that baking muffins is much faster and easier than cooking a proper meal:D

  32. You make my husband's favorites so I owe you. This is being featured at the Recipe Box. Thanks for sharing with us.

  33. Not a huge fan of muffin but did you say they are soft and oh no the crumbly top - I'm sold!

  34. Oh Lena, your muffins look the way that they look...and apple cinnamon really sounds delicious :)
    Hope you are having a wonderful week!

  35. Haha, that is the complete opposite of me. I have muffins for breakfast quite a lot, and I would love these. Looks great!

  36. Lena I can smell the aroma from here, can spare one?

  37. Lovely muffins, Lena. I love the apple cinnamon together in a perfect little muffin. Maybe having muffin or two for dinner is the right way to go?;P Thanks for linking up with Twelve Loaves again this month!

  38. Hi Lena, love this as apple and cinnamon combination are my favorite. Great to go with coffee. :)

    Have a nice day ahead.

  39. Yummy muffins , perfect for all day long..

  40. Whoa. I don’t typically like appely stuff, but those just look down right delicious! I just wanted to say how much I love your blog, your food all looks perfect, and your photography is phenomenal!