• Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Muffins

    It's those early mornings I happen to be ahead of schedule (which is 30% of the time), that I like to fit some baking in for breakfast. There is nothing better than fresh baked goods that are still warm from the oven. I'm always in favor for moist, and delicious muffins/scones that drag you in for seconds, and possibly thirds ;]

    So today was a cold fall morning. My mind seems to go to apples and cinnamon as a first choice. I made these guys last year about this time. Same weather and everything. It's about time I shared.

    Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Muffins (derived from smitten kitchen)

    1 cup wheat flour
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1 tablespoon cinnamon
    1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temp (it's okay to thaw if you didn't plan ahead)
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    1/2 dark brown sugar, divided
    1 large egg, beaten
    1 *scant cup of milk
    2 large apples, chopped into small cubes
    *scant - slightly less than required amount

    Preheat oven to 450ºF. Fill the muffin cups with liners.

    Mix the first 6 ingredients listed above.

    In seperate bowl, mix butter and sugar (make sure to leave half the brown sugar on the side) and beat until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat until mixed in. Mix in milk, a little at a time, until full amount has been incorporated into the batter. Add mixed dry ingredient, a little at a time, until all has been mixed together. Fold in apple chunks.

    Divide batter across muffin cups. Don't be afraid to fill them to the rim of the liners. The first time I thought I was putting to much in, when really it wasn't enough. Be generous!

    Top filled muffin cups with remaining brown sugar, and more if desired. It will give a nice crunch on top after baking.

    Bake for 10 minutes, then rotate the muffin pan 180º and turn heat down to 400ºF, and bake for another 10-15 minutes. Use toothpick to insert into muffin and see if it comes out clean.

    Allow to cool for a couple of minutes. Remove from pan and place on rack to cool completely.

    If you're like me, you'll have already unwrapped and eaten one after 2 minutes.

    - B