I have always loved bread. It can be in the form of a loaf, a roll, a slice, a donut, a bagel, a fritter (big weakness), or a muffin with streusel on top. Streusel is a magical topping consisting of flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and softened butter. In this recipe I even added finely crushed pecans. The streusel’s transformation that takes place in the oven is heavenly, and can change any plain muffin into a bakery style creation.
I found this recipe on an adorable website called tastesoflizzyt.com. What better recipe to use with Adams Apple Butter’s different flavors than her apple butter streusel muffins? I adjusted it to suit my tastes…(I’m more of a crushed pecan fan than a walnut fan, and I thought they were delicious enough without her yummy looking glaze, but hey. I’ll throw it in if you want to add it). And by the way, the best thing about this recipe is that you can make a variety of muffins by using the Adams Apple Butter of your choice. Original? Apple Cranberry? Apple Pumpkin? How about a few of each?
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray jumbo muffin tin with cooking spray.
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp salt
Blend together these dry ingredients in a small bowl. In a larger bowl, mix:
¾ cup milk
½ cup vegetable or canola oil
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix just until combined. Don’t overmix.
Prepare streusel topping and blend until butter is blended and mix is crumbly:
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ cup dark brown sugar
¼ cup finely crushed pecans
4 tbsp softened butter
Place a large spoonful of batter into the bottom of each muffin cup. Place a tablespoon of Adams Apple Butter of your choice over the batter. Sprinkle streusel topping over apple butter, then distribute remaining muffin batter equally over each of the muffin cups. Sprinkle remaining streusel over the top of each muffin.
Bake at 425 for 5 minutes. Reduce oven temp to 375 and bake an additional 15 minutes or until a toothpick test comes out clean. Time may need to be adjusted for smaller muffins.
*For the glaze if you feel so inclined: Mix 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 1-2 tbsp of apple cider or milk until blended and drizzle over muffins.