Applesauce Spice Muffins

Muffins are  comforting baked goods.

The warm scent of cinnamon, sugar and apples flirting with your nose is a comforting sensation. Just ask Yankee Candle Company. They’re all over it.

The idea of cuddling on your childhood sofa with your mom, or a few of your oldest and bestest pals, or all of the above, is a comforting notion.

Know what’s not terribly comforting?

 

Watching that little needle creep closer and dangerously closer to the red band that says, “Yo, your automobile is overheating and you may explode any time now…”

That’s highly uncomfortable.

Taking 2.5 hours to backtrack the 1 hour drive you’d just driven, without air conditioning, in Georgia, in August, in too much clothing… also uncomfortable.

As is calling your best friend to let her know you may very well not make it home to celebrate her 21st year of life with copious amounts of drunken debauchery.

As is being gnawed upon by horseflies while sitting on the side of the highway so that your car can cool it’s heels for a hot minute… or 20. Yeah, more like 20 ridiculously hot minutes.

As is realizing that your car does, in all actuality, hate you.

As is discerning whether the multitude of funny looks you’ve received throughout the day stem from your inability to  explain what’s ailing your car without sounding like a moron, or your looking like you just stepped out of a steaming sweat shower.

The toxic bloat you get after gulping down three Diet Mountain Dews because you feel obligated to purchase something from every gas station you stop to steal air conditioning from…
it’s highly uncomfortable.

And despite all she put me through, I’m not totally comfortable with the fact that I had to abandon ship and leave my hot and angry automobile in a sketchy Chinese restaurant parking lot over night. My poor baby.

Goodness. Not to be a drama mama but, yesterday… was likely the most uncomfortable day of my summer.

But it’s over.

I’ve vented.

I’ve whined.

I’d very much like to forget it ever happened.

Perhaps with enough muffins and Yankee Candles, I can begin to ease the pain.   Here’s hoping.

Applesauce Spice Muffins

 Adapted from epicurious

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 medium gala apple, peeled and diced

Topping

  • 3 full graham cracker squares, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp sugar

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 400°F. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan or line with paper liners.

Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt in a bowl. Whisk together eggs and brown sugar in a large bowl until combined well, then add butter, a little at a time, whisking until mixture is creamy. Stir in applesauce, then fold in flour mixture until flour is just moistened. Stir in apple pieces. Divide batter among muffin cups.

To make topping, evenly mix together all ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Spoon the mixture on top of each muffin.

Bake until muffins are puffed and golden, about 20 minutes. Cool in pan on a rack 5 minutes, then remove muffins from pan and cool slightly
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