Apple-Cardamom Mini-Muffins

2
Total Time
1 hr 45 min
Prep
40 min
Cook
35 min
Serves
24
Difficulty
Moderate
This riff on jelly donuts makes a perfect little sweet bite.

Ingredients

fresh apple(s)

1 medium, Fuji variety, peeled, seeded, coarsely chopped

cinnamon stick(s)

1 item(s)

fresh lemon juice

¾ tsp

sugar

½ tsp

ground cardamom

¼ tsp

vanilla extract

tsp

black pepper

tsp, freshly ground

water

1 Tbsp

cooking spray

24 spray(s)

all-purpose flour

1 cup(s)

table salt

¾ tsp

baking soda

1 tsp

baking powder

½ tsp

vanilla lowfat yogurt

1 cup(s)

sugar

½ cup(s)

egg(s)

1 large

vanilla extract

1 tsp

lemon zest

1 tsp

unsalted butter

1 Tbsp, melted

sugar

1 Tbsp

black pepper

tsp, freshly ground (or to taste)

Instructions

  1. To make applesauce, combine apple, cinnamon stick, lemon juice, sugar, cardamom, vanilla extract, black pepper, and water in a small saucepan; cook, covered, over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally and adding extra water by the teaspoon if pan gets dry, until apple is very tender and falling apart, 30-35 minutes.
  2. Transfer mixture to a blender or mini-food processor (or use an immersion blender); pulse until smooth. Transfer to a bowl; set aside to cool.
  3. To make muffins, preheat oven to 350ºF. Coat a 24-hole mini-muffin pan with cooking spray.
  4. In a small bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. In a large bowl, whisk together yogurt, sugar, egg, vanilla extract, lemon zest, and melted butter. Fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients until just combined.
  5. Spoon 1 heaping Tbsp batter into each prepared muffin cup. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean, about 12 minutes; let cool completely in pan.
  6. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine remaining sugar and black pepper.
  7. Remove cooled muffins from pan; roll top of muffins in sugar-mixture to coat. Next, using a pastry bag with a small tip, pipe a little applesauce onto the top of each muffin (or use a plastic bag with the corner snipped off).
  8. Serving size: 1 muffin

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