Apple muffins with cinnamon butter

I cannot believe I’m only just sharing this with you guys. I made these a long long time ago and they’re absolutely gorgeous. I’m not really a fan of apple in sweet dishes, but combined with the cinnamon it’s so so good.

They’re simple to make and leave your kitchen smelling of cinnamon. You’ll never get rid of guests when these muffins are around!

300g self raising flour                                                     6 tbsp sunflower oil
1/2 tsp baking soda (you can also use bicarb)            2 peeled and cored apples
1 tsp ground cinnamon                                                    
110g soft brown sugar
2 beaten eggs                                                                     
100ml milk
85ml plain yogurt
For the cinnamon butter:
110g butter (room temp)
60g icing sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Before you start make sure you’ve got all your ingredients measured out and ready, and that your oven is set to GM6 (400F – 200C). You also need to grease/line a 12 portion muffin pan.

Firstly, combine the flour, baking soda (or bicarb) and cinnamon and sift it into a large bowl. I always used to throw it in whenever the recipe told me to sift, but it does make a difference!Image

In a separate bowl (make sure it’s completely dry), you want to combine the eggs, yogurt, milk, brown sugar, and oil. Finely dice your apples and stir those in too.

Now you have to pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir until they are just combined – then spoon big dollops of batter into your muffin tin. See how easy that was?!

Bake for 20 minutes or until risen and golden (this would most likely take half an hour in my damned oven). Whilst the muffins are cooking, beat together the butter, icing sugar and cinnamon.

When you make any other cake you would normally leave it in the baking tin until it is completely cool, but you only want to leave the muffins to cool for a couple of minutes – they’re best served warm. If you do allow them to cool completely, just pop them in the microwave for 20 seconds, break them open and smother on the cinnamon butter.

And there we have it! A sweet treat for visitors arriving with short notice!

(Please note that the picture used is not my own)

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