Sugar Top, Fresh Apple Spice Muffins, whole grains, small batch cooking

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Now that the big move is over and we are settled in our new home, we have also settled into a visiting routine. While it is not perfect, it is also not permanent. And with each month that passes I will be one month closer to retiring, and living full time on the peninsula.

Sugar Top Fresh Apple Spice Muffins, whole grain and small batch.
Sugar Top, Whole Grain, Fresh Apple Spice Muffins.

This upcoming weekend is his journey to Vancouver, the perfect time to make these muffins. The first time I made the small-batch recipe for Banana Muffins, I stayed on task and followed the recipe exactly. But as I am known to do, I wanted to change it up a bit with some whole grain and use a different fruit for variety.

This small batch is flavored with grated fresh apple and cinnamon, one of my favorite baking spices where apples are concerned. Remember this recipe when you have one ripe and sweet apple that must be used, it will serve you well.

Sugar Top Whole Grain Fresh Apple Spice Muffins
adapted from:  The Gourmet Toaster Oven
makes 6

1 1/2 c whole wheat flour - I used pastry flour

1/2 t salt
1 1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 c sugar  

1 egg

1/2 c buttermilk
1/4 c oil
1 t vanilla
One apple for a small batch.

Grated Apple, skin and all.

1 large apple, peeled (if desired) and grated 

1/3 c chopped walnuts - if desired - did not use this time

2 T sugar

1/2 t cinnamon  

In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Make a well in the center of the ingredients, add the egg, buttermilk, oil and vanilla, and grated apple. 

Easy, make a "well" in the center of the dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and mix lightly.

Gently beat the egg into the wet ingredients, fold the contents of the bowl together, the mixture may be lumpy, which is OK. (I tend to overmix muffins, but they still taste really good!)  

Small batch Sugar Top Fresh Apple Spice Muffins.

Fold in the walnuts if using, divide the mixture into 6 prepared muffin cups. Stir the remaining sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle evenly over the batter. 

Sugar Top Fresh Apple Spice Muffins fresh from the oven.

Bake at 350 degrees 25-30 minutes or until done in your oven. Let cool 5 minutes, then tip muffins in the cups to cool before serving. 


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  1. Oh, these look awesome. I made small-batch cupcakes the other day (first time at small batch baking) and was disappointed. I'm going for these next time.

  2. I think I'll try this recipe. I love the ingredients and they look amazing!

  3. I have some whole wheat pastry flour on hand and now I know what to do with it! Thanks for the recipe.

  4. Apple and cinnamon anything is always my favorite. ;-) These muffins look delicious. I'd love one with a cup of my favorite apple tea.

  5. Your muffins sound delicious, Melynda. Love that they are made with wholewheat flour and I love apple and cinnamon too! Thank you for sharing them with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop.


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