Tuesdays with Dorie: Apple-Toffee Muffins

October 4, 2011

The Tuesdays with Dorie bakers are kicking off October with Apple Muffin Cake, hosted by Katrina from Baking and Boys! Katrina is known for adding chocolate to recipes, so I’m wondering if she managed to add some chocolate to this one. I didn’t add chocolate, but I did make some changes. Read on to see how I changed Apple Nut Muffin Cake into Apple-Toffee Muffins.

Dorie explains that this was a muffin recipe that she ended up baking as a cake. I like muffins because they’re in individual portions that are easy to give away, so I turned the muffin cake back into muffins.

What I did:

  • I made half the recipe, which yielded 8 muffins.
  • Since I needed 1/2 egg, I used the white and cooked the yolk for the dog (she got the apple peel too).
  • I omitted the raisins and nuts and replaced them with 1/2 cup of toffee bits. After I threw those into the bowl I thought “that was too many toffee bits,” but it was too late.
  • I used paper muffin liners and sprayed them with non-stick spray. I like using the papers, but don’t like it when my muffins or cupcakes stick to the paper. Spraying them worked great!

How it went: There were a lot of things to measure out, but as with most quick breads, it was quick to mix up. I baked the muffins for 19 minutes; they got really brown, but that may have been all the toffee bits, which melted into the batter.

How it tasted: As much as I like raisins and nuts in muffins, the toffee version was really good! The bits melted into the muffin and gave it a sweet, toffee flavor, which was great with the moist chunks of apple. Did I use too many toffee bits? I don’t think so! My husband really enjoyed these and said they taste like something that’s bad for you. (Note that I never claimed it was a good-for-you treat…but it’s probably not as bad as a giant grocery store muffin.)

Open your copy of Baking: From My Home to Yours to page 37 and try Dorie’s version, my version, or your own version of this recipe! If you want to try before you buy, click over to Baking and Boys!; Katrina has the recipe published today.


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  2. Is it terrible to say I think your muffins look better than the cake?

    • I agree with you!

  3. these were definitely yummy and i like your muffin version.

  4. Muffins are good! Im glad you enjoyed the recipe..it is so good and I can’t wait to make it again! I had to drizzle mine with caramel! Happy Fally Baking!

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  6. I was trying to think of something creative to mix in and you did it! I can’t image such a thing as too much toffee.

  7. I love the idea of apple toffee muffins – fantastic.

  8. sounds good…i have a bag of toffee chips to use up, actually.

  9. Toffee…toffee, not once did anyone mention that I could put toffee in these…guess I will need to make them again with the missing ingredient as I love toffee in anything. Your muffins look so beautiful…definitely winning the swimsuit contest this week!

  10. Great idea to combine the apple and toffee Jill, I bet they were delicious! I went with muffins for the recipe as well and really enjoyed them.

  11. Mmm, LOVE the idea of toffee bits. Kind of a caramel apple taste, I imagine. Thanks for baking along with me, even though there was no chocolate. sigh I was really torn–but decided to go with autumn rather than chocolate. I did it for Kayte. 😉

  12. GREAT idea to add the toffee. And I don’t think you could ever have too many of them in the muffins.

  13. Your muffins look amazing! Love the use of toffee bits-you can never have too many!!!!

  14. I prefer muffins for the same reason you do. Your toffee bit variation sounds terrific!

  15. I’m not a big muffing person, but these look amazing. Nice photo too!

  16. Duh!
    I meant “muffin” person.

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