Do you remember toffee apples when you were a kid? These Fresh Apple Muffins with Toffee Topping just might bring back those memories.
Were you one of those lucky kids who had a neighbour that made toffee apples at Halloween? You had to RUN to that house FIRST to make sure you got yours. I remember those days.
My how things have changed. Most people today don’t seem to know many of their neighbours. People are always moving in and out of neighbourhoods and complexes. We are certainly in the minority of living in the same place for a long time. This year we will have been in our house 29 years.
The neighbours to the left of us have been here right along with us. Our kids have long grown, got married and now have families of there own. My husband and Roger (our neighbour) still talk about taking the kids out trick or treating.
Now on Halloween, we head over and help with the grandchildren. I usually man the house while mom, dad, and grandpa go out and collect candy with the kids. I will say back in the day we had 150+ kids come to the door. These days, we are lucky to see 20.
THE FLAVOURS OF FALL
With the cooler weather on the way, fall flavour season is here. Pumpkin and apple recipes are flooding social media right now, and rightly so. I happen to think this particular flavour season rocks. You can never have too many delicious recipes this time of year. Have you ever tried Smoked Grilled Apples? Such an easy dessert, and SOOOO delicious.
Last weekend we visited a local apple orchard. Here in Ontario, we have so many great ones within a short distance. I love to look on the Ontario Apple Growers site to find some new ones to visit, especially if I am looking for a certain variety of apple. This time I stocked up on Cortland and Honeycrisp apples. Baking these muffins were first on my “to make” list.
AN APPLE A DAY
We have all heard this. I don’t know about you, but fresh apple season is the time I enjoy apples the most. I know they keep for a long time, but apples late in the winter or early spring just don’t have the same appeal to me. As I sit here writing this post, I am enjoying a crisp and juicy apple.
There are so many ways to tickle your taste buds with healthy, nutritious apples. My Apple Cottage Cheese Smoothie is great for lunch, or after a workout. If you missed my post from last week, Fall Flavours Apple Chickpea All Day Salad literally has you covered from breakfast to dessert.
Let’s get back to the toffee apples. Man those were so good as a kid. I’m not sure I could handle one now. The sugar overload and all that sticky toffee on my teeth might be a bit too excessive.
These Fresh Apple Muffins with Toffee Topping, on the other hand are extremely easy to eat. Maple syrup is used to sweeten them, and a topping of toffee bits bring back those fond toffee apple memories.
With the addition of graham crumbs in the batter, the aroma of these baking certainly caught hubby’s attention. While I was busy doing my picture shoot for this post, he was busy taste testing (more than one of these). Guess I didn’t need to ask if they were good, the crumbs on the plate answered my question.
Baking with apples is always so tasty. Desserts like Apple Rose Puffs always make such an impression with guests. That old saying “cinnamon, spice and everything nice” certainly holds true in our house.
Visit an orchard near you and check out what they have to offer. Any variety you choose will work to make these Fresh Apple Muffins with Toffee Topping. Enjoy them for breakfast, brunch or the perfect afternoon treat.
What is your favourite apple variety? Follow my social media for more apple recipes.
Fresh Apple Muffins with Toffee Topping
- 1 1/4 cups Fresh apple (peeled & diced)
- 1 1/4 cups milk
- 1/2 cup butter (melted)
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup Skor Toffee Bits (for topping)
Preheat oven to 400º F and line muffin tin with liners (or use silicone muffin cups).
Peel apples, core and dice. Set aside.
In a bowl beat the egg, add milk, melted butter, maple syrup and graham crumbs. Mix to combine.
In another bowl whisk the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture, and stir to moisten.
Fold in the apples.
Scoop batter into muffin cups.
Top with Skor bits.
Bake for approximately 18-20 minutes.
Remove from oven. Let cool slightly in pan. Transfer to cooling rack.
You can use any apple variety you like. In this recipe I diced the apples because I like chunks of fruit, but feel free to grate the apple if you prefer.