Spiced Applesauce Caramel Muffins

Okay, summer is completely in the rearview. I don’t want to jinx it but its been rather breezy here in Texas and the lack of humidity just draws me outdoors. But it also makes me want to deep clean, decorate, and open some windows. Also, baking sits in the back of mind. I was thinking about it the other day and I haven’t baked anything in quite a while. So, I was sitting down thinking and about ten different things popped in my head and I’ll get to those. But I have to kick the cool air off with my absolute favorite spiced applesauce cake! Now for those that are unfamiliar spiced applesauce cake is exactly how it sounds. Warm spices, cake moistened with applesauce ( homemade or store-bought) and baked to light up your whole house. I have my usual classic version here. But check out this updated one and let me know what you think!

Ingredients

  • 1 stick Butter
  • 1 1/4 c Applesauce
  • 2c Flour
  • 2tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2tsp Baking Powder
  • 1Tb cinnamon
  • 1/4tsp allspice
  • 1/4tsp Salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1Tb vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 c Brown Sugar
  • 1/4tsp ground dry ginger
  • 1Tb turbinado sugar
  • 11oz baking caramels, individually wrapped
  • 2Tb heavy cream
  • 1 Granny smith apple, cored and cubed

Direcrtions

  • Start off by creaming the butter with the brown sugar at this time also add in spices (cinnamon, allspice, salt, ground dry ginger)
  • Once butter and sugar is creamed ( light brown and pale, whipped consistency) Add in eggs one at a time till evenly incorporated.
  • Combine all dry ingredients together (flour, baking soda and powder)
  • Fold applesauce into wet ingredients (butter and applesauce mix) Then fold dry ingredients to wet. As soon as its combine stop messing with the mixture.
  • Grease baking sheets or place in liner and grease.
  • Add 1 Tb muffin mix to cup, Place in 1 baking caramel and top with enough mixture to be half full.
  • Toss apples with turbinado sugar and gently place on top prior to baking do not press them into mix.
  • Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. If you place a toothpick and only caramel comes out your good to go.
  • To make caramel drizzle for top melt 1/2c caramels into heavy cream over a double boiler slowly. Once caramel sauce has slightly cooled pipe on to the top.
  • Serve with hot coffee and enjoy!

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