Apple Cheddar Muffins

Apple Cheddar Muffins | Blue Owl Treats

Good morning! This Tuesday feels like a Monday to me — after such a relaxing long weekend it’s time to get our head in the game again. Are you ready to conquer the week? I’m feeling like I need a couple warm up laps before starting off.

It was so nice to unwind this past weekend!  I hope you had a wonderful Family Day as well. I was on the island, jumping in rain puddles and chasing after chickens. What did you get up to?

Apple Cheddar Muffins | Blue Owl Treats

Today’s treat is a recipe for one my favourite breakfast muffins. Sweet with a savoury pinch, these muffins use ordinary household ingredients and can be whipped together in a couple sleepy slipper shuffles.

Apple Cheddar Muffins | Blue Owl Treats

If you’re like me and perpetually have a block of some sad aged-cheddar cheese in your fridge, a couple of apples rolling about and some leftover coffee sitting unloved in a french press, this one’s for you.

Apple Cheddar Muffins | Blue Owl Treats

The muffins are so yummy. They are moist, with a smooth apple flavour that embraces the sharp cheddar taste so welcomingly. I made a batch of these muffins on Sunday and packed them for my girlfriends to munch on while en route to our weekend cabin destination. (Thank goodness for the muffins because we missed the ferry! Muffin saviours.)

Apple Cheddar Muffins | Blue Owl Treats

Apple Cheddar Muffins | Blue Owl Treats

Apple Cheddar Muffins

Yield: 18 muffins. Bake Temp: 375 F Bake Time: 20-25 mins.

Ingredients:

3 cups tart apples (or your favourite kind!) 
-Approx 3 med sized apples
1/2 cup white sugar (first amount)
1 tbsp cinnamon (first amount)
1/4 cup chopped and roasted walnuts or pecans
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup white sugar (second amount)
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon (second amount)
1/4 tsp cardamom
1/4 tsp almond extract
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup strong coffee

Directions:

1. Butter or line muffin tins with paper cups. Preheat oven to 450. Rost pecans/walnuts for 3 mins or until golden. Keep an eye on them! Cool nuts on tray. Lower oven temperature to 375 F.

2. Peel and core apples. Chop into tiny bits. Sprinkle 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tbsp cinnamon (first amounts) onto diced apples. Stir in cooled roasted nuts. Set aside.

3.  Cream butter, 1/2 cup sugar (second amount) and eggs.

4. Sift dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cardamom. Add dries to butter/sugar cream and mix gently until combined.

5. Stir in chopped apple, cheese, coffee and almond extract.

6. Fill muffin cups full of batter (for big muffins) or 3/4 full for tiny muffins (like mine!). Depending on your taste (do you like  muffin tops!?) (I do…)

7. Bake muffins for 20-25 mins on 375 F or until browned gently. MMM enjoy the aroma of baked apple bliss!

Apple Cheddar Muffins | Blue Owl Treats

And there you have it. I hope you enjoy your morning snacks. There is nothing like a good muffin (top) to nibble on with some freshly brewed dark roast!!

Apple Cheddar Muffins | Blue Owl Treats

I hope you have a wonderful week ahead with some renewed vigour after your weekend off. What are your plans? I am looking forward to doing some Valentines themed baking later on this week. I can’t wait to share some great recipes with you (so that you can bake them for your sweethearts)! :)

Apple Cheddar Muffins | Blue Owl Treats

PS: Little spine-tingling love notes for Valentines.

PPS: I got a little romantic this weekend on the shores of English Bay (!)

Love,

Blue Owl

About Blue Owl Treats

Welcome! I am Heather, an busy 29 year old living in beautiful Vancouver, BC where I perform music and teach little kids for a living. I use this blog to share my love for baking. Enjoy!
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2 Responses to Apple Cheddar Muffins

  1. justinmholt says:

    ive only recently heard of the apple and cheese combination… and i have to admit i havent tried it yet however these look like a solid introduction into that world.

  2. Never really tried anything with Apple and cheddar combination .. I wonder what that tastes like.! Yours look great!

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