Is there really a better way to start off your morning than with muffins? I'd challenge you to find many, especially when muffins come in so many unbelievably delicious flavors.
Fall is ripe with plenty of inspiration for these marvelous little packages of yum too, and there's a bounty of possibilities that include pumpkin, apple, and more of fall's finest. Also, here's the best thing about muffins: Unlike their cousins the cupcakes, they actually qualify as part of your meal and not dessert. Technically any way. Here are five of my favorite muffin recipes to put a little extra "mmmm" in your crisp fall mornings.
Let's start with these incredible ones from Southern Living that are to die for.
Caramel Apple Muffins
- 1 (3-pound) bag small apples (12 to 14 apples)
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/2 cups chopped pecans, toasted and divided
- Quick Caramel Frosting
Peel, core, and cut 4 apples into 24 (1/4-inch-thick) rings. Sauté apple rings, in batches, in a lightly greased skillet over medium heat 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Remove from skillet, and place 1 apple ring in the bottom of each of 24 lightly greased muffin pan cups.
Peel and finely chop enough remaining apples to equal 3 cups. Set aside.
Stir together sugar and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl.
Stir together flour and next 3 ingredients; add to sugar mixture, stirring just until blended. (Batter will be stiff.) Fold in finely chopped apples and 1 cup pecans.
Spoon batter evenly over apple rings in muffin pan cups, filling cups three-quarters full.
Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove muffins from pan, and cool, apple rings up, on a wire rack.
Press the handle of a wooden spoon gently into the center of each apple ring, forming a 1-inch-deep indentation in the muffins. Spoon warm Quick Caramel Frosting evenly over muffins, filling indentations. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans.
What are your favorite fall muffin flavors?
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