Makes around 12 muffins
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
2 cups of self raising flour sifted
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
2 teaspoons of cinnamon ground
2 cups of small diced fresh apple ( i used the royal gala apples in season)
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of caster sugar
1/2 cup of unsalted organic butter
2 large eggs
1/2 cup of milk
1 flat teaspoon of vanilla bean or vanilla essence (i used the fresh bean scraped)
Topping for muffins if desired
1/2 cup of melted butter
1/2 cup of granulated sugar with 2 teaspoons of cinnamon mixed in a bowl
Preheat oven fan forced around 160 degrees celcius.
Prepare muffin tin or muffin paper pans with some olive oil spray.
Sift together into one large bowl the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt then set aside.
In another bowl toss two teaspoons of the flour ingredients into the fresh apples and mix through.
Then in another bowl cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, then mix in eggs one at a time slowly. Then at the end mix in the vanilla beans or vanilla essence.
Then in the large bowl with the flour combine the butter and sugar mixture all together alternating with the milk. Stir to combine then add the apple mixture stirring gently.
Place large spoonfuls into muffin tin about 1/2 - 3/4 full.
Bake these for around 30 minutes or until firm.
To prepare the topping melt the butter in a saucepan then set aside in a glass dipping bowl. In another bowl you have the sugar and cinnamon. Dip each muffin in the butter then in the sugar mixture.
Place on plate to finish cooling off.