Mulled Cider Muffins by @Donna_Fasano #Recipe #Foodies

Welcome to November! Last month, I posted a recipe for Mulled Cider and this month I’m giving you a recipe for Mulled Cider Muffins. Bakeries everywhere offer Apple Cider Donuts this time of year. These delicious dunkers are very popular. I wanted to take the idea and add a twist of my own. Why, you might ask… well, because fried donuts give me indigestion, and I wanted the flavor of apple cider in a baked muffin. Here’s what I came up with.

Mulled Cider Muffins

Please don’t skip the first step! When you reduce a flavorful liquid, it gives your baked good an even more intense taste.

Mulled Cider Muffins

Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients for the Mulled Cider Reduction:

  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Ingredients for Muffins:

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 10 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mulled cider reduction

Ingredients for the Coating:

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 Tablespoon butter, melted
First, make the Mulled Cider Reduction. Directions:
  1. Place apple cider, star anise, cloves, and cinnamon in a small saucepan.
  2. Simmer on medium heat until reduced by half. You should end up with 1/2 cup of liquid.
  3. Remove the star anise and cloves from the mulled cider reduction and set the cider aside to cool.
Second, make the Muffins. Directions:
  1. Heat oven to 350° F. Spray muffin tins with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, add flour, baking powder, salt, 1 1/2 teaspoons of the cinnamon, and the nutmeg, and then whisk to combine dry ingredients. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream 10 tablespoons of the butter, the brown sugar, and 1/4 cup of the granulated sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. This will take about 4 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix until fully incorporated. Beat in the vanilla extract.
  4. Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until incorporated. Add the mulled cider reduction. When the cider is fully mixed into the batter, scrape the bowl to make sure all the ingredients are combined.
  5. Spoon the batter into prepared muffin tin, filling cups about 2/3 full. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. While the muffins bake, make the Coating. Whisk 1/4 cup of granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon together in a small bowl to combine. Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a small pan over low heat. Allow the muffins to cool for 5 minutes after baking. Then, brush them with the melted butter. And then dredge the muffins in the cinnamon sugar while they are still warm. Serve immediately.

Apple Cider Muffins

Enjoy!

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For me, October is a month full of entertaining. I have over a dozen friends and family members who celebrate birthdays this month so it seems like I’m celebrating every single day! And with all those parties in mind, I thought I’d share one of my “recipes for a crowd.” This quiche is always a hit, and because it makes 2 quiches and serves 12 to 16 people, that makes it a perfect addition to your recipes for a crowd file! Since the holidays are quickly approaching, you might want to print out the recipe and tuck it away for your next family gathering. Happy eating!

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Yield: 2 quiches (6-8 servings each)

1 1/2 pounds bulk mild pork sausage
12 eggs
2 cups small-curd cottage cheese
3 cups pepper jack cheese, shredded
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 medium onion, minced
1 4 ounce can chopped green chilies, drained
4 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, optional
Green and red pepper strips for garnish, optional

  1. In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink. Drain and set aside.
  2. Coat the inside of 2 round 9-inch baking dishes with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs, cheeses, flour, butter, and baking powder until well combined. Stir in mushrooms, onions, chilies, and cooked sausage.
  4. Divide mixture evenly into 2 greased baking dishes, and if desired, sprinkle the top of each quiche with 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake at 375º for 35 – 40 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Garnish with pepper strips if desired.

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