This is seriously my favorite time of year. Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved the feeling of Autumn and the changes it brings. Everything from the crisp chill of jacket weather to fabulous fall boots, raking leaves and football season. And today I’ve partnered up with Stella Artois to bring you a new recipe that celebrates the flavor of fall and pairs deliciously with their new Apple Cidre.
A rustic apple muffin meets the bright taste of Stella Artois Apple Cidre, a European-style cider made from fresh, hand-picked apples. This crisp cider is light and pairs well with many of the season’s best dishes. Served with a warm muffin baked full of apple goodness, it’s a refreshing alternative to your traditional fall fare. We’re elevating your Autumn get-togethers with this delicious duo. Apple Muffins & Apple Cidre!
I must admit that I’ve never been excited about hard ciders in the past. I’m more of a wine girl. But when asked to create a new recipe inspired by Stella Artois Apple Cidre, I kept an open mind. What a great excuse to try something new! I was pleasantly surprised to find the Apple Cidre refreshing and bright with just the right about of sparkle and fizz. (I’m sure a true connoisseur would chuckle at my ‘sparkle and fizz’ description and probably scoff at my muffin pairing selection. But hey, I run a cake blog – of course there was going to be a cake-ish angle to this somewhere. And let’s face it, muffins are really just naked cupcakes!)
Let’s just say that the Apple Cidre is sold as a four pack and every last drop was enjoyed! It’s a delicious alternative to white wine. Mr. Sellman and I enjoyed this delicious duo several Saturdays back. Our college football game day went from beer and pretzels to Apple Cidre and muffins. Talk about an upgrade!
Now on to these muffins! This goodie starts with an easy, one bowl recipe that is packed full of fresh grated apple. Cinnamon and nutmeg add warmth while natural applesauce replaces much of the butter. Then comes the fun part. Each muffin is topped with a very thin slice of apple, which bakes up into the perfect little muffin topper. Almost like an apple chip but not as crispy. But definitely rustic and delicious.
It all comes together to toast Autumn with a little ‘sparkle and fizz’. So grab a wine glass, pour yourself an Apple Cidre and enjoy a this perfect pair.
a recipe by Carrie Sellman
(makes 16 large muffins)
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce, from jar
- 1 1/2 cup fresh apple, peeled and grated
For the Coating:
- thin apple slices
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- dash of ground nutmeg
STEP 1 : Preheat oven to 375.
STEP 2 : In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg.
STEP 3 : In another large bowl, stir together melted butter, eggs, sugar, buttermilk and applesauce. Stir in fresh apple.
STEP 4 : Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the egg mixture. Stir with wooden spoon. Add another 1/3 of flour mixture and stir. Add remaining flour and stir just until combined.
STEP 5 : Spoon batter into lined muffin tin. Top each muffin with a slice of apple.
STEP 6: Combine sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl. Sprinkle the top of each muffin with the sugar mixture.
STEP 7 : Bake at 375 for 22 to 24 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Sprinkle tops again with cinnamon sugar for an extra hint of sweetness. Let cool 5 minutes before removing from pan. Best enjoyed the same day!