Saturday, September 1, 2012

Coffee Cake Muffins with Salted Maple Glaze

Happy 1st day of September!!! I love autumn, I think Spring and Autumn are my favorite seasons... I love the crispiness that's in the air but it's still warm enough for Capri's and flip flops. I ran across this recipe here and didn't change a thing other than I use grape seed oil rather than regular vegetable or canola oils. I love the smell of baking muffins on a crispy morning.These were wonderful with the streusel topping and maple glaze, and I love the way the applesauce makes them taste! I suggest eating while still warm from the oven with fruit in the morning for breakfast! Enjoy!!

Coffee Cake Muffins with Salted Maple Glaze

Streusel ingredients:
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts
1 tablespoon melted butter

Muffin ingredients:
1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil (or grapeseed oil)
2 eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt, room temperature
1/2 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Glaze ingredients
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons maple flavoring
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a muffin tin with liners and set aside.
In a small mixing bowl, use a fork to mix together streusel ingredients. Add the chopped pecans and melted butter. Mix until all ingredients are combined. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix together the oil, eggs, sour cream or yogurt, applesauce and vanilla. Add sugar a little at a time until sugar is dissolved. You may use beaters or mix by hand.
In another bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet and stir till evenly moistened. Do not over-mix.
Scoop batter into each lined muffin tin. Fill the muffin cups evenly.
Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons of streusel on the top of each muffin.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool while making glaze.
Place powdered sugar, milk, maple flavoring and melted butter into small bowl. Whisk together. Add salt and mix well. Spoon the glaze into a small plastic bag.
Work the frosting into the corner of the bag and snip off a small corner with scissors. Gently squeeze and drizzle the frosting in a zig-zag pattern across the top of the muffins.
 Eat while still warm.... as you can see I did! LOL!

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