These apple muffins are always a hit! I am not the only one saying it, all guests who eat my apple muffins say so. These are like a saver! Whenever I can’t decide what treat to serve for guests and whenever I feel stuck, Yusuf helps me reminding these apple muffins! The batter could be poured either in muffin molds or a regular cake mold, doesn’t matter; the result is always the same: Happy guests! I’ve made these muffins several times this year, so it has almost replaced the place of our favorite Cake with Carrot and Walnut in our hearts! I don’t want to sound unfaithful to our favorite cake, but this one is easier with fewer ingredients. And these are healthier as the batter contains just half cup of olive oil!
I made these apple muffins for some collegues this time. We were invited to our department head’s home for a meeting a few days ago and we were about 20 people. I thought it would be great to make some apple muffins for these lovely people. Most of them are familiar with GiveRecipe, but it would be the first time for some of them to try something I cooked. That’s why I was a bit excited! You know people have high expectations when you have a food blog. They think that food bloggers are like professional cooks and never go wrong. This is definitely not true! We make mistakes too! And I always tell them that I’m still in the learning process.
It turned out to be a great potluck party as everyone brought something. The dinner table was full of scrumptious savory and sweet treats! Let me share the ones I remember: stuffed grape leaves (definitely a must at a Turkish potluck party), su boregi(Boiled Borek), kadayif, chocolate muffins, kisir, Lentil Balls, browni, borek with ground beef, potato borek, and so many other delicacies I don’t remember now!
How did my collegues find my apple muffins? So refreshing, so soft, light enough, flavorful, appealing; these are the words they used to describe these muffins. They also loved the lemon zest topping, which I added after muffins were baked. I didn’t add any in the batter, but little pieces of zest were enough to make them feel the refreshing flavor!
Unfortunately I forgot to top them with lemon zest before taking the shots! But you shouldn’t forget it before serving, it definitely makes these apple muffins even more refreshing!
It’s good to prepare everything beforehand.
Start from eggs and sugar.
Did I tell you these muffins are healthy? I used 1/2 cup olive oil.
Grated apples can’t wait any longer! Toss them into the mixture!
Add dry ingredients and mix with a spatula. Whole wheat flour makes it even healthier!
See how it’s creamy! Love to smell this!
Fill 3/4 of molds with batter. Don’t overfill them, otherwise it will overflow when baking.
Ready to be baked!
You see how they have risen!
Gorgeous color, isn’t it? Who wouldn’t like to have a bite from this?
Some snow like castor sugar makes everything perfect!
These muffins love snow! It could be a good farewell to Winter here!
You can put these in kids’ lunch box or in your picnic basket too!
So here is the recipe for Elmali Topkek as it is called in Turkish:
- 3 eggs
- ¾ cup sugar
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1 cup apple, grated (I used 2 apples)
- 1 and ½ cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp vanilla powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- A pinch of salt
- Castor sugar and lemon zest for topping
- Mix eggs and sugar until smooth.
- Add olive oil and continue mixing.
- Toss in grated apple and mix.
- Mix flour, vanilla, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
- Add these to the mixture and mix with a spatula.
- Pour batter into muffin molds and bake at 170C for 20 minutes.
- Check if they are done with a toothpick.
- Let them cold and sift castor sugar on each.
- Top with grated lemon zest and serve.
These make 25-30 muffins depending on your muffin mold size.