Tender muffin, apple gems, cinnamon crumble, what could be better? I love eating these for breakfast before a morning practice or to take with me to school as a pre-practice snack.
How to improve your muffins
There are a few tips that I started implementing in order to make my muffins more tender:
Adding acid to the batter
Squeezing in half a lemon will react with the baking soda in the dry ingredients to produce carbon dioxide bubbles. This means that the muffins will be extra light and fluffy when baked. This also means that getting it into the oven quickly is essential, so that the batter does not deflate.
Not only does the fermentation in yogurt add extra flavor to your muffins (while enhancing your microbiome), the added fats from the dairy will make your muffins more tender. This can be substituted with sour cream, but yogurt is something I always have in my fridge and is my go-to.
Start with a high baking temperature
Baking the muffins for the first 5 minutes at 375ºF will help kickstart the baking soda and will give your muffins a better rise and a better texture.
I've also made this recipe in an 8" cake pan as a breakfast cake sorta thing and it works great! It bakes for 35 minutes at 350ºF.
This recipe is vegetarian
Apple Yogurt Muffins
10 minutes active time, 20 minutes idle time
- 3/4 cup greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- juice of half a lemon
- 1 egg + 1 egg yolk, beaten
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
-1 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 medium apples, diced into cm cubes
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp butter, softened
- 2 tbsp flour
Preheat oven to 375ºF and line a muffin tray.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together wet ingredients until combined
Add in dry ingredients and mix until there are only a few streaks of flour left. Add in apples and finish mixing with a spatula so there are no pockets of flour in the batter and the apples are evenly incorporated.
Fill each muffin cup about 3/4 of the way high.
Mix the crumble: In a small bowl, add all of the crumble ingredients, and with a fork, mash until you have a consistency like damp sand.
Sprinkle about 1 tbsp of crumble on each muffin
Bake for 5 minutes, then lower the oven temperature to 350ºF and bake another 10 minutes. The crumble on top should be dark and a toothpick should come out cleanly.
Let cool in the pan for at least 5 minutes, then on a cooling rack until no longer warm to the touch. Enjoy!