Whole Wheat Apple Cider Muffins with Oat Streusel Crumb Topping

Apple Cider Muffins with Oat Streusel Topping at The Well Floured Kitchen

It’s apple season!  Alas, we haven’t gone picking yet, and I’m afraid there is not much time left.  The children are not pleased.  If your holiday weekend plans include a trip to the orchard, be sure to pick up a jug of cider to make these muffins.  In fact, my favorite part of apple picking is the cider.  Hmm, warm with a touch of cinnamon it is the perfect drink on a crisp autumn day.

What have I been up to this week?  Making muffins.  Lots of muffins.  I had a vision of what I wanted this recipe to be, and I played around with the ingredients for quite a bit until they were just right.  Moist, tender little cakes, redolent of fresh picked apples (or apples fresh from the store ;)).

AApple Cider Muffins with Oat Streusel Topping at The Well Floured Kitchen

In my opinion what takes a muffin over the top is a topping.  I’m constantly dusting the tops of my muffins with coconut, oats, flax seed, cinnamon sugar, or anything else I can find.  I hate naked muffins.  But a rich crumbly streusel I save  because I’m too lazy to make it for special occasions.  I chose to use oats, because they have a sweet nuttiness that blends well with the apple flavor.

Apple Cider Muffins with Oat Streusel Topping at The Well Floured Kitchen

Here’s the trouble with making dozens of muffins.  Muffin pans.  Cleaning muffin pans plagues me to no end.  Well, if I am to be truly honest, they plague my husband as he does most of the dishes.  (What?  I am tired after all the cooking.) I try to keep a decent supply of unbleached muffin cups.  But the cost can add up, and even with unbleached cups I’d prefer no waste at all.  I’ve been eyeing these silicone muffin cups, although I wonder if washing all those little cups would be just as annoying.

Apple Cider Muffins with Oat Streusel Topping at The Well Floured Kitchen

Notice the beautiful wood background the muffins are on, my husband made that for me for my birthday last weekend.  What’s that?  Normal women don’t want a pretend wooden table for their birthday?  That’s okay, I have never been one for baubles or flowers.  Who knew a bit of painted wood could make such a great gift?  He knew I had been wanting to tackle this project for a while.  It’s reversible and has a beautiful dark stain on the other side.  Thanks Honey!

Apple Cider Muffins with Oat Streusel Topping at The Well Floured Kitchen

I used a large grater for my apples, you can still see the bits of shredded apple after it’s been cooked.  A small dice would also work.  If you prefer a more uniform texture, grate your apples with a fine grater.

Apple Cider Muffins with Oat Streusel Topping at The Well Floured Kitchen

Whole Wheat Apple Cider Muffins with Oat Streusel Crumb Topping

Yield: 12

Ingredients

  • For The Muffins:
  • 2 1/2 Cups (10oz) White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1.5 Tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Tsp. Salt
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Organic Sugar or Sucanat
  • 8 Tbsp (4oz) Butter, Softened
  • 3/4 Cup (6oz) Apple Cider
  • 1/4 Cup Whole Milk Plain Yogurt
  • 1/2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Medium Apple, Peeled and Shredded
  • For The Streusel:
  • 3/4 Cup Oats, Finely Ground or Oat Flour
  • 1 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. (1.5 oz) Butter
  • 1 Tsp. Cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. For the Streusel: Mix oats, cinnamon and sugar together. Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the oats. Using your fingers or a pastry blender, rub the butter and flour together until all combined. It will look like small clumps, a bit of loose flour is o.k. Place streusel in the refrigerator while you prepare the muffin batter.
  3. Beat together the butter and sugar until creamy. Add eggs one at a time until well combined, scraping down the bowl in between. In a separate bowl, blend together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Combine the cider, yogurt and vanilla together. Add the flour mixture and cider mixture to the egg mixture alternately starting and ending with the flour. Be careful not to overmix or your muffins will be tough. Gently stir in the shredded apple.
  4. Scoop batter into greased or lined muffin tin. Divide streusel between the muffins and gently press down to adhere. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle of the muffin comes out clean.

Notes

Be sure to carefully scoop and level the flour. Too much flour will make dry muffins.

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Comments

  1. says

    Sherri,
    What a sweet and thoughtful spouse to make the backgrounds *and* wash the dishes! I wish I was energetic enough for streusel–yours looks delicious.

  2. says

    Awesome photos! And I love your new background. I have one like that too. I want to finish the other side with that silvery driftwood look… :)

    The muffins sound phenomenal! I love the apple bits running throughout, and that streusel! YUM!

  3. says

    I love apple muffins! Toppings are the best part. STREUSEL!!!!! Also — yay for photo boards! They are so necessary and handy! Thanks so much for sharing these at Saturday Night Fever. Be sure to check back to see if you were featured and leave us some more awesome eats!

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