I panicked this evening as I sat down to put this post together. A couple of days ago I jotted down this muffin recipe on a piece of scratch paper as I was measuring, mixing, baking and savoring and today as I went to grab that batter splattered scrap of paper I couldn't find it anyplace. I have so many pieces of paper sitting around my kitchen with hand written recipes and recipes printed up from other blogs and websites. Hello, my name is Kim and I'm a recipe hoarder. Oh, I feel much better now. They say admitting you have a problem is the first step. Anyway, finally I spotted that little scrap. Whew!
This recipe started with a little jar of cider apple butter! I just love apple butter. It's a perfect blend of apples, sugar and spice. It's so very nice!
I also used whole wheat pastry flour, grated apple, buttermilk, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, fresh ginger, and ground golden flax. They are so moist, lovely and full of autumn goodness.
I whipped up some cream cheese, cider apple butter, honey and cinnamon to top off my muffins. These are great with or without the cream cheese topping.
I found these cute leaf sprinkles last autumn. I still had plenty left over from this recipe. Aren't they darling?
Cider Apple Butter Muffins
yields 12 muffins
1/1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 ground golden flax
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
1 tsp fresh grated ginger
1 medium granny smith apple, peeled and grated
1 large egg
1/3 cup evaporated cane sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1/2 cup cider apple butter
1/2 cup low fat buttermilk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with paper liner. Lightly spray oil liners.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, flax, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. In a large bowl, whisk together the ginger, apple, egg, sugar, cider apple butter and buttermilk. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and stir just until combined.
Fill liners 3/4 full and bake for 16-18 minutes until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
Top with apple butter cream cheese topping if desired.
Apple Butter Cream Cheese Topping
5 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup cider apple butter
2 tsp honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Whisk together ingredients until smooth and creamy.
Are you a recipe hoarder like me? Please, say yes! :D