I’ve made these six times in the last few weeks as cake, cupcakes, and muffins. SIX times. I’m so ready for pumpkin. You can leave them plain or sprinkle cinnamon sugar or streusel on top. My favorite way was with cinnamon sugar. It’s sweet enough, easier, and I love the crunch. And it’s way healthier than with streusel.
In one variation, I left out the nutmeg and allspice. Yuck. They tasted olive oily, which I hate, so don’t forget the spices! I used extra virgin olive oil, and you really can’t taste it if you add all the spices. And instead of yogurt, I used buttermilk a few times. Vanilla yogurt would work too.
These are moister on the second day, although nothing beats piping hot from the oven.
1 cup (130 grams) whole spelt, whole wheat pastry, or whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup (100 grams) honey
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (90ml) olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup (60ml) plain yogurt or buttermilk
1 cup (180 grams) peeled and chopped apple, preferably from baking apples
For the topping:
1/3 cup (45 grams) whole spelt, whole wheat pastry, or whole wheat flour
1/2 cup (100 grams) unrefined brown sugar, or normal brown sugar
2 tablespoons (30 grams) melted butter
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F / 175°C. Line a muffin tin with 8 muffin liners.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
3. In another bowl, whisk the egg. Add the honey, olive oil and vanilla. It might look a little weird at first; just keep stirring until it’s well combined, and then add the yogurt or buttermilk.
4. Add the flour mix to the wet mix. It just needs to be combined, so be careful not to overmix. Then fold in the apples. Fill the liners with the batter, filling almost all the way to the top. You could get more out of these if you want to make them smaller. Just take them out a little earlier.
5. Combine the streusel ingredients. If you don’t want to make the streusel, add some cinnamon sugar (1 tablespoon unrefined or brown sugar + 1 teaspoon cinnamon) to the top of the muffins. It adds a wonderful crust and a little extra sweetness.
6. Bake for about 15 – 17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Yield: 8, when filling the liners to the top
German bakers: Bake at 160°C for about 14 – 16 minutes with the fan.