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Apple Peanut Butter Muffins with Cinnamon Glaze



Happy Monday everyone! And welcome to the first installment of Mystery Dish! *Cue cheering and clapping*


So, most of you are probably wondering, what the heck is Mystery Dish? Well, to answer your question, it's a little food blogger spin-off based on the popular competitive cooking show- MasterChef!

I LOVE Masterchef. It's my absolute favorite cooking show. I know I probably annoyed you guys a little on Facebook with all the spoiler statuses during the time the season was on. I just can't contain myself! That show takes me over the edge!


Anyways, if you watch the show, you know that one of the weekly challenges for the home cooks is to create a dish from a mystery box of ingredients. If you don't watch the show, well, now you know :-)

So basically, a bunch of us food bloggers have joined forces to participate in a virtual mystery box challenge every month for the next 12 months. And you can thank Dani of See Hubby Cook for that because she is the genius behind the idea!


She is also the host of this month's mystery box, which included: bacon, cheddar cheese, maple syrup, peanut butter, cinnamon, and apples. Right away, my mind went to the cinnamon and apples. Classic combo. We were only required to use at least two ingredients, so boom, I would have had it in the bag. But as all the MasterChef contestants say, I wanted to challenge myself. I needed to think outside the box.

So, I decided to throw some peanut butter in the mix. Everyone loves apples dipped in peanut butter, so there's no reason why they wouldn't love them together in a baked good, right? And since we're talking baking goods, how about using maple syrup instead of sugar? BOOM. Now, I had it in the bag.


I snooped around the Internet to get an idea of ingredient ratios for muffins and what not, then I threw everything together and hoped for the best.

What I got was better than I expected! The muffins came out of the oven looking super fantastic. But I thought they could use a little extra pizazz, so I threw on a cinnamon glaze. There. Now, they were perfect.


And then came the moment of truth- how did they taste? Well, you'll have to wait until after the commercial break to find out. Ha! Don't you just hate when they do that? Don't worry, I won't keep you guys waiting like that. These muffins were nothing short of fantabulous. And I'm not just saying that cause I'm judging my own food, trust me y'all, I'm my own toughest critic.

These muffins were legitimately off the hook. The maple syrup added an amazing depth of flavor, and the muffins themselves were so moist and fluffy and just absolutely everything I imagined them to be. Not bad for my debut dish! Not bad at all!

Apple Peanut Butter Muffins with Cinnamon Glaze

Yield: 12 muffins
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Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 and 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 egg, slightly beaten
pinch of vanilla (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
1 and 1/2 cups shredded apples

For the cinnamon glaze:
6 tablespoons powdered sugar, sifted
2 teaspoons milk, plus more as needed
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch of vanilla powder (or 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with cupcake liners.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.

In another bowl, add maple syrup, buttermilk, peanut butter, vegetable oil, egg, and vanilla and whisk together until well-combined. Stir in apples. Then, slowly fold in dry ingredients just until combined.

Distribute batter evenly between prepared muffin cups. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

To prepare the glaze, in a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla until combined. The glaze should be drizzling consistency; if not, simply add more milk.

Drizzle glaze over muffins and serve.

Now hop on over and check out all the other amazing recipes my blogger friends have come up with!


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