One of the things I love about coffee shops is their muffins. Especially this time of year when they have their specialty items like pumpkin and gingerbread muffins.
There’s something wonderful about a steaming hot cup of coffee and a fresh muffin on a cold winter morning. And if they use that crunchy coarse sugar on top, all the better.
My favorite specialty muffin is gingerbread. I’ve tried many times to replicate the bakery style muffin at home, but without success. Until now, that is. I finally figured it out. Applesauce.
Now, before you get the wrong idea, let me set the record straight. The applesauce is not used to cut down on the fat. That wasn’t exactly my intent. What I wanted was a light fluffy interior which has always been elusive with my gingerbread muffins.
My prior attempts have been delicious, but they had the texture and heft of gingerbread. Not exactly what I want in a muffin.
I found that adding a bit of applesauce fluffs things up a bit. It creates a lighter crumb and a moist muffin.
This recipe also has two full teaspoons of ginger powder which is a bit more than most recipes call for. I like unapologetic bold gingerbread flavor.
This is the perfect muffin for your morning coffee or tea and would be just marvelous on your Christmas breakfast table. The coarse sugar on top really does make all the difference and you can find it at any craft shop or on Amazon.
- 2½ cups flour
- 2 tsp ginger powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup butter, softened
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup applesauce
- ½ cup molasses
- 1 egg
- ¾ cup milk
- ¼ cup coarse sugar (optional)
- Preheat ove to 350º.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- In a stand mixer over low speed combine butter, maple syrup, brown sugar, applesauce, molasses and egg.
- Add flour mixture and milk, alternating each until just combined. Scoop into muffin cups and top with coarse sugar.
- Bake until when a toothpick is inserted, it comes out clean. About 25-30 minutes.