Apple Cider Muffins

by Marykate Smith Despres, Salem Depot

Although apple cider is perfect simply warmed on the stove with a few sticks of cinnamon and some cloves, once you read through this recipe, you may want to switch things up and eat your cider. This recipe offers a great way to use both the apples and apple cider that members with fruit shares got at the Coop last week.

Notice that these muffins call for just baking soda rather than baking powder. That’s because apple cider acts as an acid, which combines with the baking soda to help your muffins rise. Without the addition of baking powder or a stronger acid like apple cider vinegar, and because of the added heaviness of the actual apples in the batter, these muffins will be quite dense and moist. This means that they will make for great treats even a day or two after they’ve been baked.

This recipe is adapted from one featured on SeriousEats.com by Karen DeMasco and Mindy Fox.

You’ll need:

Unsalted butter, for the muffin tins (optional)

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 cup grapeseed oil

3 large eggs

2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 cup apple cider

3/4 cup sour cream

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2 apples, peeled, cored, coarsely grated

1 Tbsp unrefined sugar, for sprinkling on top of muffins

Preheat oven to 350. Cream the granulated and brown sugars with the oil in a mixing bowl. Whisk in eggs. Get two more bowls and combine the dry ingredients in one and the apple cider, sour cream and vanilla in the other.

Add the wet and dry mixtures to the sugars gradually, being careful not to over mix. Fold in grated apples last. Pour into greased or lined muffin tins and top with unrefined sugar.

Bake 12-15 minutes, rotate, and bake another 12-15 minutes until muffin centers are springy when touched. Let the muffins stand in the tins another 10 minutes after taken out of the oven and before transferring to cooling rack.

 

A Little Surprise Inside

I made these for no other reason than 1) I like corn muffins and 2) I thought these were really cute. I only made 6 of them because honestly, I bake a lot, and we are only two people.

Here’s what I did, based on this inspiration:

  • 6 broccoli florets (you’ll want them to be shorter than the muffin tin and have a study base so it doesn’t fall over, even without batter in there)
  • 1/2 cup corn meal
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp kefir

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine dry ingredients until well mixed. In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients , and then blend into the dry mixture. You don’t need to overmix, but just enough to get rid of the dry cornmeal globs.

Pour batter 1/2 way up each muffin tin. (Note: I lined with silicone muffins liners first, which I simply LOVE. They make my life so much easier.) Put a broccoli piece in each one, tree side up. Fill with more batter until broccoli is completely covered.

Cook 20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean and finish by cooling on a rack. Enjoy!