Monday, 7 November 2011

Apple Buttermilk Muffins with Coconut Crumble

This week's Muffin Monday assignment is bursting with all my favourite, seasonal flavours of autumn. Who could turn down a muffin recipe that calls for apple pie apples? Really?

Once again, I was dying to know how these tasted, so I didn't change much. I did add more of the pie spices to the crumble, and I used coconut oil instead of vegetable oil. Also, I wound up with a lot of extra batter, so I filled an extra 6-cup pan with the excess. I knew that little pan would come in handy some day! For those extra 6 muffins, I added a sprinkle of butterscotch chips to the top before adding the crumble, inspired by this recipe I made a few times last month.

I absolutely loved the combination of spiced apples and the crispy coconut on the top. I don't recall ever having this combination before, but it's definitely one I'll try again. The end result was a moist, crumbly muffin that was full of flavour.

Now I have 18 of these apple pie-inspired beauties on my hands. This Muffin Monday business is rough!

One of the nicest crumbles I've ever made! In sight, taste, texture. A great recipe.

Apple Buttermilk Muffins with Coconut (& Butterscotch) Crumble
Adapted from Women's Weekly

For the Muffins
2 1/2 cups self raising flour
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
410g can pie apples
1 egg
2/3 cup buttermilk (I actually used it this time!)
1/2 cup coconut oil

For the Coconut Crumble
1/4 cup plain flour
1 1/2 teaspoons caster sugar
1/2 cup flaked coocnut
20 grams butter
1/2 tsp. grouns cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/8 tsp. all spice
1/4 cup butterscotch chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 400F / 200C
For the coconut crumble: Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and rub the butter using your fingertips till it is nice and crumbly. Set aside.
For the muffins: Grease or line a 12 cup muffin pan. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar and cinnamon. Stir in the apple. Do not over mix.
In a medium bowl, combine egg, buttermilk, and oil. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the apple mixture and mix gently. 
Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan and top with coconut crumble. Bake in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.

Always my favourite moment: the excuse of biting into a muffin so I can photograph the inside.

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  1. Gorgeous! Love the texture of your muffins! I'm all about not using canned fruit so I made my own caramelized apples to match the consistency! I'm so glad you liked these muffins Aimee!

  2. I am melting in front of the laptop for your muffin, it looks so gorgeouse. O.O
    The spice combi with the apples, is a total christmas feeling!

  3. ah, the "excuse of biting into a muffin so I can photograph the inside"...guilty!!! And those butterscotch chips?? swoon.

  4. Gorgeous photos! Really enjoyed being able to participate with you too, the addition of butterscotch chips is genius ;)

  5. To quote a well know food lover and critic this is all I can say, "Yum-eeee!!!" These look amazing and seeing I'm heading to the grocery store shortly, I will be picking up some of the ingredients to make these for tomorrow. As always, the finished products looks amazing right along with those pictures.

  6. Your muffins look great and love the butterscotch addition! I ended up with extra batter too, glad I did as everyone has really loved these muffins! Happy Muffin Monday!

  7. I *almost* used coconut oil. Which is surprising since I usually do when there's coconut in a recipe. Glad to see someone did! I bet those butterscotch chips on the 6 extra muffins were divine!

  8. The last photograph is such a teaser and has me wanting to make these muffins. Your topping looks wonderful.

  9. your coconut crumble looks so tasty! i bet the butterscotch chips added a world of wonderful to those muffins :) I had a ton of muffins too but luckily i found someone to help me eat them all!

  10. That last photo is so inviting :) gorgeous muffins, Aimée!

  11. So love the butterscotch chips idea!

    I also aspire to such photography someday. Thanks for setting the bar!

  12. Mmm...these muffins look fantastic! I'm sorry to have missed out this week :( LOVE your idea of adding butterscotch chips. Only question? Where's the cream cheese?!?! ;)

  13. Look at those pretty little muffins, love the huge pieces of Apple inside! The butterscotch chips are a fun addition:-) Hugs, Terra

  14. Butterscotch sounds like a great addition! I should try it next time. Love these little things you all do to change it up!