A fruit crumble is one my favourite puddings to make over winter. It’s so warming, especially when served with thick, velvety custard, and it’s something I can make without needing to find a recipe. I use whatever fruit I have on hand (Tall’s favourite is rhubarb), but there’s nothing quite like the combination of apples and cinnamon; the smell alone can bring a grown man to his knees.
It’ll therefore come as no surprise that when I saw this recipe online, I pinned it immediately, and finally remembered to buy buttermilk in last week’s grocery shop.
These muffins are delightfully light and fluffy, sweet with a hint of tang from the apple and the buttermilk, with the crumble topping providing a nice textural contrast. Great served warm, with a cup of tea!
Apple Cinnamon Muffins with Crumble Topping – makes 12 medium & 12 mini muffins
1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and chopped (reserve 3T diced apple for topping)
1 c sugar
2 c all purpose flour
2 t baking soda
1/2 t plus 2 pinches salt
1 T cinnamon
2 large eggs
1 c buttermilk
56g butter, melted
1/3 c light brown sugar
1/4 c all purpose flour
1/2 t ground cinnamon
1 T butter, melted
3 T diced apple
Preheat oven to 200degC. Grease or line muffin pans – I made 12 medium and 12 mini muffins.
Whisk together the sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add chopped apples.
Whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, and butter in a small bowl; add to dry ingredients and mix gently – don’t over-mix.
Fill each muffin cup about 3/4 full. Top with the crumb topping (To make crumb topping: combine all ingredients except apples in a bowl and mix with a fork to create crumbs. Toss in the apples and coat lightly with the flour mixture).
Bake for 16-18 minutes (10 minutes for the minis) or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean; cool in the pans for five minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
(I left the crumble off the mini muffins, as these will make an ideal snack for Tiny, and I didn’t want to add the extra sugar – they are still delicious…obviously I had to try one to see…)
Recipe: How To: Simplify