I love apples. I really do. I'll eat anything with apples in it even if it contains other ingredients I usually avoid - apple strudel is a good example of this. I carefully scrape out the custard and then attack the rest of it like there's no tomorrow. This is why every time I come across a recipe for apple cake or apple muffins I think I've found the best. recipe. ever.

These apple muffins with brown sugar sprinkled over the top and gorgeous spices inside are honestly wow-good. The original poster's husband went wow at these, I went wow at these, and so did my colleagues. Do you need any more convincing? w o w.

Recipe as follows from The Girl Who Ate Everything. I halved the recipe below and got 9 muffins. Super easy recipe.

2 cups sugar (or use 1 1/2 cups for a less sweet muffin)
2 eggs
1 cup oil
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 cups peeled, cored, diced apples (around 3 apples)
brown sugar for topping (around 1/2 cup)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin pan with paper liners.
2. Cream together sugar, eggs, oil, and vanilla.
3. Sift flour, baking soda, salt, and ground cinnamon.
4. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture and mix until combined. The batter will be very thick.
5. Add the diced apples.
6. Fill paper liners almost to the top, about 3/4 of the way full. Sprinkle with brown sugar.
7. Bake at 350 degrees C for 20-24 minutes. Makes 18 muffins.

I can never restrain myself from filling up the muffin liners only 3/4 full - that's why I always end up with overflowing muffins and cupcakes. In this case, however, the bigger the muffin the better! The tops came out crunchy with the brown sugar and then gave way to ridiculously moist and cinnamony insides with the beautiful beautiful apple pieces. Everything was amazing. Everything was good. Officially the best apple muffin recipe ever. Photographs aren't very good though, because it's been raining like the apocalypse the entire week and therefore, no good sun to take photos by. Just imagine the softest muffin and the most amazing-smelling house while these are baking.

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Next apple recipe! This one isn't as mindblowing [yes, muffins can be mindblowing] as the earlier recipe, but I do think it has its merits. It's easy to put together and takes care of itself for an hour in the oven as you go do other things around the house. Mine didn't rise as much as the original poster's did, but nevertheless it wasn't dense. It had a nice chewy crust and tasted very applesaucy. I think it would benefit from the addition of apple slices or cubes for a real apple flavour blast. Good in the afternoon with a cup of hot, relaxing tea.

From Patent and the Pantry. Halved the original recipe, as usual. I didn't use the sugar glaze as I expected the cake to be sweet enough on its own.

3/4 cup (175 mL) margarine or butter, softened
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) sugar
3 eggs
2 3/4 cups (675 mL) sifted flour
1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) salt
1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) baking powder
3/4 tsp (3 mL) baking soda
3/4 tsp (3 mL) nutmeg
3/4 tsp (3 mL) cinnamon
1 14 oz (398 mL) can sweetened applesauce

1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
2. Cream together margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in eggs.
3. Sift together dry ingredients.
4. Add to creamed mixture, alternating with applesauce, beating after each addition.
5. If you like, stir in ¾ cup (175 mL) chopped walnuts before pouring batter into loaf pans.
6. Pour into two prepared (sprayed or rubbed with a bit of butter or margarine) 8-by 4-in. (20-by 10-cm) loaf pans. 7. Bake for 1 hour or until done. (Start checking at the 50-minute mark.) Remove and let cool for about 10 minutes before removing from pans and putting on rack to cool completely.
8. Sugar glaze: Combine ½ cup (125 mL) sifted icing sugar with 1 tbsp. (15 mL) water. Pour over cake.

The photo I took of the cooling cake is truly horrible, so I apologise. Maybe I should invest in a lightbox.

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Have a good week :)
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