Why should chocolate muffins get all the glory? Try these vanilla muffins instead!
The food world can get a little crazy with its flavor combinations sometimes. The names alone can be pretty overwhelming… pumpkin spice chai latte with caramel and cinnamon – what? My brain can’t even process titles like that. It’s times like these when I can fully appreciate something that goes back to basics, like a plain Jane vanilla muffin.
I’m not going to take credit for these muffins since it was Addie’s idea (she had been begging for these for at least 2 weeks). But I am glad she suggested these because it was fantastic to detox from the fall flavors this season.
Although I liked the flavor of the muffins, I found that the mixing technique made for a tough and dense muffin. The original instructions had everything mixed in one bowl, and I found little bits of egg yolks throughout my final muffin. I rewrote the instructions below so they are reflective of “classic” muffin recipes – where dry ingredients and wet ingredients are mixed separately and then combined together in the end. Just remember to not overmix your batter or you will get a hard and dense muffin.
Addie was proud of helping me make these and has been happily eating one every day. Wonder what flavor muffin she will come up with next?
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk of choice
- ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
- Generously grease a standard muffin pan and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- In a medium sized bowl, mix together the egg, milk, applesauce and vanilla.
- Add the egg mixture to the large bowl with the dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Evenly distribute the batter to your muffin pan, filling each well about 3/4 full.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle this on top of each of the muffins.
- Bake in your preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool before serving.