Thursday, October 14, 2010

Not the Apple of My Eye- Upside Down Caramel-Apple Muffins

I haven't made muffins in quite some time because scones are now my preferred breakfast carbohydrate treat. These muffins caught my eye because they combine two of my favorite flavors, apples and caramel.  Reading the recipe, the muffins sounded as if they could almost be a dessert.  But, the muffins turned out a little disappointing and not as moist and flavorful as I thought they would be.  I think I would prefer to have the fruit and nuts mixed in with the batter rather than on the bottom.  If you use paper muffin cups to make these, make certain to let them cool completely before peeling off the paper.

Upside-Down Caramel-Apple Muffins
from Melissa Clark, NY Times, 10/5/10

For the apple topping
3 apples (about 1 1/2 lbs), peeled, cored and sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
pinch kosher salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, chopped (optional)

For the muffins
2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

     Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Generously grease a 12-cup muffin tin.
     In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, stir together the apples, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 4 tablespoons butter and a pinch of salt.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples are tender, about 15 minutes. Distribute the apple slices among the muffin cups.  Add walnuts, if using, on top of the apple slices.
     In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, 3/4 cup brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon salt.  In another bowl, whisk together the melted butter, eggs, sour cream and vanilla extract.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and fold together until smooth.  Distribute the batter on top of the apples. Bake until the muffins are slightly puffed, about 20-22 minutes.  Let cool and serve. ((post by Susan))

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