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Dutch Apple Honey Muffins

Rosh Ha’Shana is the Jewish New Year celebration. It is an event filled with various traditional culinary dishes, a very common one is to eat an apple with honey (and wishing everyone such a sweet year).

This year, my 4 years old son has given me this great idea for a culinary transformation of this tradition. I asked Jona what should we make this year with Apple & Honey, and he said “Cakes! Cookies! Cakes! Cookies”.

This made me think “Why can’t we have Apple & Honey muffins? maybe even with a Dutch twist?”, which led to the creation of the Dutch Apple Honey Muffins - introducing into the recipe the amazing local spice mixture Speculaas.

Ingredients (18 medium muffins / 12 large muffins)

• 2-3 cooking apples (Goudreinet or Granny Smith)

• 2-4 tbs water

• 1 tsp cinnamon

• 1 tsp speculaas spice

• 250 gram white flour

• 100 gram white sugar

• 0.5 tsp kosher salt

• 1 tsp baking powder

• 1 tsp baking soda

• 80 ml oil

• 2 eggs

• 340 gram honey

• 100 ml espresso

• 1-2 tbs brandy/frangelico/other liqueur of your choice (optional, not with kids)


The apple mixture - peel, core and slice the apples thinly, put in a cooking pan with the water, bring to boil and lower the heat. Cook for 10-15 minutes or until soft. Take off the heat, add the cinnamon & speculaas and let cool on the side.

Turn on the oven to 180C.

The dough - mix the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, baking powder & baking soda) in one bowl and the wet ingredients (oil, eggs and honey) in another one. Pour the dry into the wet, mix well and add the espresso & alcohol, don’t forget to mix again until uniform.

Line & oil the muffin baking form, pour the mixture according to preferred amount. Get the form into the oven and bake until a tooth pick comes out clean (15-20 minutes). Turn off the oven, open the door a bit and let the muffins cool off inside for 30 minutes.

Take out and store in a closed vessel in the fridge for up to a week.

Shana Tova ve Metuka! (Good & Sweet Year in Hebrew)

by: Amit Rabin



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