Apple Pecan Streusel Muffins

These apple pecan streusel muffins are better than what you get at the bakery. Whip up a batch and make your mornings yummy all week!

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Are you team breakfast or team no breakfast? For most of my life, I have been absolutely team no breakfast, but that certainly doesn’t mean I haven’t always enjoyed a yummy muffin.

Lately, I have been having a tough time figuring out muffin flavours and combinations. I’ve infused with tea, filled with chia seeds but nothing has really been all that spectacular. I guess my lesson for today is that sometimes you just need to stick with the classics, I mean if people have been making things a certain way for hundreds of years perhaps there is a reason.

Now, this is certainly not to say that I’m going to stop trying all the weird combinations because we all know every once in a while one works and when it does - it’s so good. But for today we're staying old school.

Apple Pecan Streusel Muffins - such a classic right! The tart apple and crunchy nuts are perfect and with the streusel top, it’s that perfect bit of sweetness. So if you usually hit up a bakery or coffee shop on your way to work in the morning switch it up and make your own - the bakery may miss you but those few extra minutes of sleep you can enjoy makes it totally worth it!

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prep time 20 minutes

cook time 20 minutes

total time 40 minutes

servings 12

Ingredients

Muffins

2 cups flour

3 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 cup sugar

1/2 tsp salt

2 eggs

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup butter melted

1 1/2 cup grated apple

1/2 cup chopped peacans

Streusel

3 tbsp flour

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 tsp cinnamon

2 tbsp cold butter

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 then prepare a muffin pan with 12 paper liners.

In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, sugar and salt. Toss in grated apples and chopped pecans until fully coated.

To the dry ingredients add eggs that have been lightly beaten, melted butter and sour cream and stir until just combined. Evenly divide the batter between your paper liners.

In a small bowl combine the ingredients for the streusel using a pastry cutter or 2 forks. Sprinkle streusel over the muffins then bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before removing from the muffin pan then allow to cool completely on a cooling rack.

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Cranberry Apple Sausage Stuffing

This stuffing is the real star of the show with tangy cranberry and sweet apples who even needs the rest of the meal!

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Our house, like so many, have the stuffing vs dressing debate. Do you or do you not stuff your turkey? Now I don’t know about you but I feel like people feel strongly one way or the other. We always had both to satisfy everyone as well as to make sure there is enough because in our house the stuffing is the star!

Now I’m calling this recipe stuffing but really it’s dressing. What I love so much about dressing is that you can really have it any time and you don’t need a turkey present. I know that no one in my family would attest to stuffing over mashed potatoes with just about any meal.

Now for another debate - do you add sausage? Traditionally our house is not a sausage stuffing house but, sometimes you need to branch out and try new things and with this recipe, I might be converted. Though if you are not sold on the idea just leave it out and I promise you no one will complain.

The other great thing is you can make this up a day in advance and have it all ready to go for the big meal. Just bake and enjoy!

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prep time 30 minutes

cook time 1 hour

total time 1 hour 30 minutes

servings 6-8 people

Ingredients

1 loaf white bread

3 tbsp butter

1 white onion

2 apples

5 stocks celery

1 cup cranberries

3 links Chicken Apple Sausage

5 sage leaves

2 cups chicken stock

4 eggs

1 tbsp dried sage or poultry seasoning

2 tsp salt

2 tsp pepper

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350. Cube bread and place in a large bowl.

In a large frying pan melt butter then add chopped onions and celery and sauté for 5 minutes of until onions are soft and translucent. Add in chopped apples and cook another 5 minutes adding in cranberries for the last minute. Remove from heat and pour over bread.

In the same frying pan cook sausage that has been removed from its casing for 8-10 minutes or until sausage is fully cooked and is crumbled. Pour into the same large bowl as the bread and vegetable.

In a medium bowl whisk together eggs, stock sage leaves, dried sage, salt + pepper. Pour mixture over bread and mix thoroughly until it is all combined.

Pour mixture into greased casserole dish and bake for 1 hour.

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