Thursday, December 9, 2010

Apple Cinnamon Muffins with Crunchy Walnuts Toppings

According to Belinda's book, the crunchy topping really gives these easy-to-make muffins lots of extra crunches and textures. All of the muffins in her "Mix & Bake" book has this crunchy topping and I reckon these nice sugary crusts on these muffins keep their moisture very well and at the same time, giving us lots of sweet surprises when we bite the muffins.

As I'm making these muffins for a group of kids, I actually prefer these muffins to be attractive with taste. So this time, I put aside my usual "health conscious" thoughts and replaced the oil with butter and the outcome is really fantastic. My kitchen is filled with fragrances of the apples, butter and cinnamon and the muffins are great. 

Eventually, I would say that the best part of this bake is when one of boys (Max) came up to me to say "Thank you. I like the cupcakes that you made". At that point, I felt so appreciated.

The muffins are so moist with lots of apples and raisins inside.

Before I continue to the recipe of these muffin, I would like to thank Kristy from My Little Space for presenting me these awards. Kristy is very skillful in her cooking and has a great blog. I would strong recommend to visit her blog for lots of food ideas.

Here is the recipe from Mix & Bake by Belinda Jeffery.
2 eggs
1/2 cup (110g) brown sugar
1/2 cup (125ml) olive oil (I use 125g butter, melted)
1/2 cup (125ml) apple juice
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cup diced apples (2-3 depending on size of apples) (I use 2 Pink Lady apples)
1 cup (160g) wholemeal plain flour
1 cup (150g) plain flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda (I replace this with baking powder)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
3/4 cup (90g) roasted nuts (I use only 20g roasted walnut)
1/2 cup (85g) raisins

Crunchy topping
1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
1/2 cup (70g) roasted nuts (I use walnuts)
1 1/2 ground cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 190°C. Line or butter a 12 hole muffin tin.
2. In a bowl, whisk together eggs, brown sugar, oil, apple juice and vanilla extract. Then, stir in the diced apples.
3. Combine both flours, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg into another bowl. Whisk all together for a min. Add nuts and raisins and toss them so they are completely coated in flour mixture.
4. Pour the apple mixture into the flour mixture and site them together into a chunky batter. Do not overdo the mixing. Divide the batter equally between the muffin holes.
5. For the crunchy topping, mix together all ingredients and sprinkle the topping evenly onto each muffin.
6. Bake for 20 min or until skewer inserted come out clean. Let the muffins rest in the tin for 2 min and then transfer them to cool further on wire rack. Great to eat while they are warm either as is, or with butter or Ricotta.

Note: I made 14 standard sizes muffins from this recipe.

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  1. Wonderful cupcakes..Sound healthy too!

  2. I love when little children can express gratitude on their own! These muffins sound absolutely delicious!

  3. butter always makes our bakes taste alot better hehe i like you also make exception to butter and let them into my bakes at times.
    your muffins looks gorgeous! and congrats on the award you deserve them!

  4. Oh wow, these look yummy - I definitely want to try this! Is wholemeal flour different than all-purpose flour?

  5. Your muffins looks great! There's nothing more satisfying that being appreciated, in this case, both ways! Congrats on the awards!

  6. Wow! The topping on these muffins looks incredible--it reminds me of the monster cobblestone muffins at Panera bakery. What a great recipe--thanks for sharing :)

  7. Absolutely STUNNING muffins and the photos are EXCELLENT! Oh, please go to my blog to claim your Stylish Blogger Award. It was given to me by another fantastic blogger, Elisabeth and one of the rules is to pass on to other bloggers whom I think are fantastic and you are one of them in my list. Thanks again for sharing with us all the wonderful stories and recipes. HUGS!

  8. These muffins look fantastic, wouldn't they be nice for Christmas morning! When you have a moment you should also check out this crackers made by another blogger friend of mine, she made them for her grandson. You can find her at


  9. ooo these look so yummy!! look at how crunchy they are on the top yet the inside is still nice and moist/fluffy!! cant wait to try this out!

  10. Mmm, crunchy and apple are a great combination! Awesome recipe!

  11. Me encantan los muffins y tu blog estupendo .saludos MARIMI

  12. Oh my god these look awesome!!! My lil ones would love these for sure!!! This is most certainly bookmarked. Thanks for sharing, Zoe!!

  13. love it and i'm going to bookmark this right away!

  14. I like how you always make your bakes turned out so healthy and yummy at the same time.

    Can I ask, is whole wheat flour same as wholemeal? I have a packet of wholemeal flour at home but the US recipes all read whole wheat flour, so I'm not sure if I can use my wholemeal for it.

    Thanks for answering! :P

  15. These cupcakes look so yummy and flavorful with apple and cinnamon in it!

  16. Wowwww, have no words to say..extremely irresistible muffins..

  17. I didn't have to read the whole recipe. If it has apples and cinnamon then is perfect for me.

  18. Zoe These look amazing and delicious, I love it!

  19. Ooo! This is perfect! I've been looking for something to use the rest of my walnuts and raisins in. AND I can bring these to my choir rehearsal on Sat morning. :)

  20. OH I like, I like. Sounds amazing. Its the perfect muffin for fall and winter! And how sweet of your son to compliment you.So sweet.

  21. Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments.

    Jean:I think whole wheat flour is same as wholemeal flour. You can refer to this website for lots of info about flour, Hope that will help :D

  22. Esos muffin deben estar deliciosos por el aspecto.

    This muffins are beatiful and delicious!!!


  23. Those muffins sure look good. I really like the idea of the crunchy topping.

  24. Your muffins look great. Apple and cinnamon anything is terrific!

  25. the muffins looks great and I love the crunchy topping.

  26. Wow! those muffins are beautiful, I love the walnuts topping!

  27. Congratulations on the awards.

    That topping looks lovely and crunchy.

  28. These sound delicious, Zoe! I love the crunchy nut topping. They look so pretty too.

    Thanks so much for your visit, too ;)

  29. Your muffins look awesome! I love anything with apple and cinnamon and that topping look increadible. X

  30. zoe, thanks for your comment and the "follow" which got me here haha.. but im glad i did because im loving your site already. so refreshing and the pictures are so stunning!

    great to meet you!

  31. I LOVE muffins with crunchy toppings - that's the way ALL muffins should be... Thanks for sharing :)

  32. Those muufind look so good; that topping is amazing.

  33. Those muffins look wonderful. I especially like the crunchy topping.

  34. These are some delicious muffins! Nice job, I bookmark this recipe!

  35. What wonderful looking muffins! Best tasting too, I'm sure. The chunks of apples and topping really makes me want to eat them now! Thanks for sharing!

  36. I remember asking my colleagues a few times for the recipe after sampling her Apple Muffin and she kept postponing it. From you, I am able to bake this. Thanks a lot for sharing.