KWWL is doing a month of fundraisers for United Way. One of the fundraising events was a bake sale. I volunteered to bring in some treats. At first, I was planning on bringing in some cupcakes but then I heard Scratch was going to provide cupcakes. So I changed my direction to something…less sweet. I found a muffin recipe that just screamed fall! Pumpkin and apples…fall favorites!
Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups white sugar (I only did 1 1/2 cups)
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil (I substituted applesauce per reviews)
- 2 cups peeled, cored and chopped apple (go with a tart apple)
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 4 teaspoons butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease muffin cups or use paper liners
- n a large bowl, sift together 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 cups sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together eggs, pumpkin and oil. Add pumpkin mixture to flour mixture; stirring just to moisten. Fold in apples. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
- In a small bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons flour, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle topping evenly over muffin batter.
- Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.
Conclusion: Before I made these, I read the reviews on AllRecipes.com. A lot of folks suggested this and that. But one consistent theme I saw was substituting applesauce for the oil and reducing the sugar. So when I made these muffins, I took those steps and I think it was a good move towards a healthier muffin. The pumpkin taste is subtle but I love the chunks of apple in them. I was able to use apples from our own apple tree. And you need to go with a tart apple, I think a sweet apple would be lost in the muffin’s sweetness. They are a nice moist muffin. Out of five stars, I think I’d give it four stars. I think more cinnamon would bring these muffins over the top or even a cream cheese icing (one reviewer suggested that). My husband enjoyed them a lot but I’m not sure about my coworkers. There were still some left two days later…