You all know that we were raised by a darling, little baker named Mummy. Of course you do - we assume you've memorized our about us page.
So you know all about our delicious, treat-filled childhood. Cappucino brownies, chocolate peanut butter pizza - you're familiar with that tiny (no seriously, she's really short) baker's kitchen expertise.
And here's one more for you cookies, spiced apple sauce crumb muffins.
We know we know...they kind of sound like a "dessert." You know, like a "here, have this apple for dessert" dessert, or "what about this popsicle made from orange juice" dessert.
We promise, this isn't one of those desserts. Don't let the apple sauce fool you...
Apple sauce, friends, is what makes these muffins rather spectacular. We KNOW, apple sauce.
But trust us. If these muffins weren't complete and utter deliciousness we young things would have rebelled when Mummy made them...every. single. week.
We were charming little things but could certainly get rather rowdy if baked goods didn't meet our high 7 year-old expectations.
Even adults might doubt the apple sauce. There may have been some dubious co-workers who questioned the holy apple sauce muffin when a certain blue-eyed baker so kindly brought them in for a birthday breakfast.
Until they tasted the lovely little treats. And then asked for the recipe.
Spiced Apple Sauce Crumb Muffins
Makes 12 muffins
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon allspice
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup chunky apple sauce
1 teaspoon baking soda
For Crumb Topping:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 400 F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners.
Combine butter, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon in a bowl. Using your fingers, break up the butter and blend with sugar and flour until the mixture is crumbly. Stir in nuts. Set aside.
Sift flour together with cloves, allspice and cinnamon. Set aside.
In a bowl or an electric mixer, combine the butter and sugar and blend until fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth. Gradually add flour mixture to wet ingredients.
In a separate bowl, mix apple sauce and baking soda together. Add to muffin mixture until barely just combined (the batter will be slightly chunky). Divide batter evenly among muffin cups and top with crumb topping. Bake until puffed and golden, 15-18 minutes. Cool muffins in pan for 5 minutes, then remove and cool completely on a wire rack. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days.