One of my favorite things to do in the fall is to head out to the apple orchards. There is something about eating a freshly picked apple out in the fields. I also love making homemade apple pie filling when we get home.
When our kids were younger they loved going with us to the orchard. We would fill a big basket with apples, then head to the stand that sold apple cider. Apple cider from the farm stands is so much better than that gallon jug at the store.
Now that our kids are older, they look at me funny when I mention doing trips like these. In fact, I didn't even mention it this year. Partly because things have been crazy busy here, and partly because I knew the family's answer.
I did break down and bought a gallon of apple cider at the grocery store because I was craving some. It's not quite the same, but it works in a pinch. I had a few glasses and thought the kids would do the same. Only the apple cider sat there untouched for a few days.
Finally I decided to use it up in a few baked goods like these glazed cinnamon apple donuts. Breakfast food always goes over well in our house. It's a good thing I'm one of the breakfast contributors at Food Fanatic. I knew muffins would catch the kid’s attention, so I made a batch of muffins using the apple cider twice. Dunking the muffins into an apple cider glaze was a very good idea. The glaze helped seal in some moisture in the muffins, keeping them from drying out.
These muffins disappeared in a hurry here. They are great for breakfast, an afternoon treat, or a midnight snack attack. Not that I would know or anything. Wink, wink!
For the Muffins:
For the Glaze:
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Beat the butter and sugars until creamy and light. Add the vanilla and eggs and beat again.
Stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cake spice. Stir together the milk and apple cider. Alternate adding dry and wet to the butter mixture until combined.
Gently stir in the apples. Spoon batter into 15 cupcake liners. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Remove and let cool.
Whisk together the powdered sugar, apple cider, and cake spice. Dip the cooled muffins in the glaze. Let set. Store in a loosely sealed container.
Cuisinart Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls