Saturday, August 29, 2015

Apple Cider Muffins with a Fun Fall Twist

Apple Cider Muffins with some fun toppings always makes me feel like Fall is near!

School is starting and none of us are ready for it. I decided to bring a bit of fun into the house with some yummy muffins. These are not just any muffins. These special muffins remind us all of Fall and the traditions we all share. 

Apple cider donuts are something we have been craving from Snowline orchard seasonally for over 45 years as a family. My parents would go apple picking before us and continued the tradition with us. Now that my brother and I have families of our own we do the same and love it. 

I use a super simple recipe for the mix itself. You can find it in detail here, but this is the gist of it...
  • 2 cups sweet apple cider
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pan
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
 Bake at 375 for about 15 to 17 mins tops and you are set!

If you want to do what I did and add some extra yummy goodness on top, pop open the oven about 3 mins before they muffins are done, top them with your favorite delish toppings and finish baking. 

Today I added chocolate chips, marshmallow and some tasted coconut shavings on top of some of the muffins to create a variety of sweet treats to taste.

Fall is so fun for our family. A few of our favorite things to do are bake, eat and play. Some of our must do's are +IrvineParkRailroad Pumpkin Patch where we get fresh pumpkins to make pie and soup with and of course this year we are excited to head to +Knott's Berry Farm to check out Scary Farm and of course for the littles Spooky Farm! 

Going back to school wont ruin all our fun in the sun, we will just be having that fun with leaves changing color and fall festivities to keep us on the go!

Hope everyone has a great time back to school.

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