Apple hazelnut bourbon muffins

A friend of mine had her birthday recently and I thought it was a good opportunity to offer a muffin mould that I’m barely using. As offering a used muffin mould doesn’t sound so great, I thought that baking muffins to give with the mould would be a good idea. So here there are, apple muffins, which is quite an unusual thing for me given I rarely bake any. I’ve used this recipe for proportions, but I took a few liberties.


Ingredients (makes 12)

  • 3 small tart apples (in my case, Jonagold)
  • 110 ml white sugar
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 480 ml flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 80g chopped and toasted hazelnuts
  • 2 eggs
  • 240 ml buttermilk
  • 130g butter
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp  ground nutmeg
  • 2 cl bourbon (I’ve used Jim Beam)



  •  Slice one and a half apples very thin without peeling it
  • Heat up 1 tsp butter in a frying pan
  • When hot, add the sliced apples with 1 tsp brown sugar
  • When soften, add the bourbon and set on fire. Be a bit more careful than me and do this from afar (if you look at it from above, you might burn your eyebrows).


  • Cut the heat and set aside
  • Peel an apple, chop it relatively thin
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg and set aside
  • Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and hazelnuts. Add cinnamon apple.
  • Separately, work the butter with a whisk
  • When well soften, add eggs one by one
  • Incorporate the buttermilk
  • Add the liquid to the flour, without over-mixing
  • Set papers in your muffin mould (oil it first if required)
  • Put a little batter in every mould, then 2 or 3 slices of bourbon apple, then the rest of the batter


  • Slice the remaining 1/2 apple and set on top of the muffins
  • Bake at 200° C for about 20 minutes (start watching after 15 minutes and take out when golden)



One response to “Apple hazelnut bourbon muffins

  1. Something combining Bourbon and apples has to be good. I’ll copy the recipe, I often bake muffins or cupcakes. (You could have used the muffin tin for savory cakes, too!) I have way too many kitchen gadgets and keep adding to them – you never know when opportunity comes your way 🙂

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