Monday, September 24, 2012

Apple Maple Muffins

1 1/2 cups (210 g) high-quality all-purpose gluten-free flour
3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if your blend already contains it)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup (100 g) sugar, plus 2 tablespoons more

8 tablespoons (112 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup (240 g) dairy free sour cream (I use Follow Your Heart Vegan Sour Cream) 
1/8 cup ground chia seed
1 1/2 teaspoons powdered egg replacer
4 TBL warm water
1/8 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups (200 g) peeled, cored and diced firm apples (I used Honey Crisp) – about 2 medium-sized apples
Lemon Juice
1 tsp lemon zest
2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with greaseproof liners and set it aside.
  • In a large bowl, place the flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda, ground cinnamon, and sugar, and whisk to combine well. In a separate bowl combine the chia seed, powdered egg replacer and warm water.  Let stir and let set until thick.  Add to the flour mix, the butter,  sour cream, egg replacer mix, maple syrup and vanilla, one at a time, mixing to combine after each addition. Set the bowl aside.
  • In a separate medium-sized bowl, place the diced apples, and add a sprinkle of ground cinnamon, about 2 tablespoons sugar, lemon juice to just coat, lemon zest and the cornstarch, and mix gently to combine. Place 2/3 of the diced apples (about 1 cup apples with cinnamon, sugar and cornstarch) in the batter, and mix until evenly distributed throughout the batter. Fill the prepared muffin cups about 3/4 of the way full with batter and smooth the tops with wet fingers. Place 3 to 4 of the remaining diced apples on top of the batter in the cups, and press in gently to secure them.
  • Place the muffin tin or baking sheets with muffin cups in the center of the preheated oven and bake until lightly golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean (30 minutes).
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely in the cups (or muffin tin) before serving.

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