In the fall the wild Crab Apple trees are heavy with fruit about 1″ in diameter. Generally from one tree, you can harvest a bushel basket full of the little apples. Crab apples, if picked too early can be quite tart, but if picked when they are a dark red/maroon can be just as sweet as regular apples.
To make these Crab Apple Muffins, first you need to make or have available, Crab Apple Butter. This Crab Apple Butter is, hands down, the best thing I have canned all season! I have given a few jars away, and have gotten only compliments back. I wish I could take credit for the recipe, but it came from: Mennonite Girls Can Cook – Crab Apple Butter.
To make Crab Apple Muffins, just follow the recipe below to make some muffins using a half jar (4 ounces) of the crab apple butter. These muffins are an extremely sweet breakfast treat, or great as a tea-time snack. I have to admit, I found this recipe a few years ago on another website, but for the life of me, I can’t remember where. Please let me know if you find the original recipe so I can give credit where credit is due. In the mean time, I will pretend I am amazing enough to invent this recipe.
I found that is is very important to weight out all the ingredients and sift the flour for very fine and fluffy muffins that don’t become dense.
The original recipe called for making the batter without the crab apple butter, but rather suggested that I place a little bit of batter in the bottom of a muffin tin, then scoop a teaspoon of crab apple butter, then layer with more batter. I found that by doing it that way, it became hard to get the muffins out of the muffin tins because the muffins would just separate in the middle where the Crab Apple Butter was spooned into. Since then I just mix the Crab Apple Butter into the batter. It still tastes great, doesn’t create the issue of separation, and adds a pretty pinkish color to the batter.
- 125 grams butter, softened
- 125 grams sugar
- 125 grams sifted all-purpose flour
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 4 ounces Crab Apple Butter
- Heat oven to 350 degrees
- Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy
- Add flour and eggs.
- Add Crab Apple Butter
- Spoon into greased muffin tins
- Bake about 15 minutes