Apple Cinnamon Crunch Muffins

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Apple Cinnamon Crunch Muffins - A quick and easy muffin that just tastes like fall!

Y’all I just have to tell you about my new toy.  And when I say toy, I really mean my amazing new kitchen appliance – my new GE Monogram Advantium Oven.  Let me back up a bit…  You’ll probably remember me posting a few months ago about my trip to Louisville, Kentucky to the GE Appliances factory and the GE Monogram Experience Center with Christy from Southern Plate and Leah from AllSouth Appliance.  We got to experience all of the amazing GE Monogram appliances that are being built right here in the USA.

Advantium 1

The one thing that I was most impressed with was their Advantium oven.  Now, folks… this ain’t no regular ol’ oven.  It’s a speed oven.  It uses 4 different heating methods (halogen bulbs, ceramic heat, microwave, and convection) to easily and quickly cook nearly everything.  And the best part is that you can use each of those functions individually, so it’s like having a microwave, convection oven, proofing oven, and speed oven all in one!  We had a challenge one day to cook a variety of regular, everyday foods in the Advantium to see the results.  Now, you might expect that a speed cooking oven is going to sacrifice a little quality for speed, but you’d be wrong.  This thing is amazing.  We cooked frozen chicken fingers that came out perfectly crispy.  The frozen pizza had a crispy, crunch crust that was incredible.  The filet mignon was cooked perfectly and had a beautiful caramelization on it from the halogen bulbs.  But I was most impressed with the grilled cheese.  I know that sounds silly, but it had the gooey- cheesiness you expect, and those halogen bulbs gave it the crispy toastiness too.  (I know I’m totally making up words here, but bear with me.)

Advantium Controls

It literally blew my mind.  Y’all, you can cook 4 baked potatoes in 10 minutes with the 240 convection model.  It’s just crazy.  And again, because of those halogen bulbs and convection, you get the tender flaky potato with the crispy skin too.  And with hundreds of presets (you just tell it what you’re cooking and it walks you through) you literally can’t mess it up.

Monogram

As you can tell, I was really impressed with this and could imagine all kinds of uses for our family.  With baseball, school, work, and everything else, I can use all the extra hands in the kitchen I can get.  Some of the models cook things 8 times faster than a regular oven – I mean who couldn’t use some extra time these days?  So, imagine my surprise when the folks at GE and GE Monogram called me up to tell me they were sending me an Advantium oven!  You would’ve thought I had won the lottery!

Allsouth

So I went down to see my friends at AllSouth to compare models and see exactly which one would work best for me.  We decided to remove our built-in microwave and replace it with the Advantium 240 being that it will function as a microwave, too!  (Be sure to scroll below the recipes for a special offer from AllSouth Appliance on a new Advantium!)

Oven with Muffins

I got it installed a few weeks ago and I think I’ve used it every day since then.  From softening butter and cream cheese, to popping popcorn, to making a quick Saturday lunch, to baking last night’s Poppyseed Chicken Casserole – it’s a real kitchen workhorse for me.    I also love how quickly it cooks muffins in the mornings – so much so, that I created a brand new recipe…  Apple Cinnamon Crunch Muffins!

Apple Cinnamon Crunch Muffins - A quick and easy muffin that just tastes like fall!

These things combine all my favorite flavors of fall and cook in the Advantium 240 in 9 whole minutes – that’s 11 minutes faster than my regular oven!  Now, all those out there who don’t have an Avantium, no worries!  I’ve got the standard recipe below as well.

Apple Cinnamon Crunch Muffins - A quick and easy muffin that just tastes like fall! The crunchy topping on these is my favorite part.  I just love the Cinnamon Crunch bagels at Panera and these have a similar flavored and textured topping.  My family just loved them and I know you will too!  Y’all enjoy!

Apple Cinnamon Crunch Muffins - A quick and easy muffin that just tastes like fall!

Apple Cinnamon Crunch Muffins (Advantium Recipe)
 
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Serves: 12 muffins
Ingredients
  • 2 cups self-rising flour (make your own)
  • ⅓ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored, and finely chopped (I used Granny Smith)
For the topping:
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
Instructions
  1. Place muffin liners in the wells of a muffin pan (if desired) or spray the muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and cinnamon. Add the milk, beaten egg, vanilla, and chopped apple. Stir until the ingredients are moistened, but don't over mix. Spoon the mixture into the muffin pan.
  2. Make the topping by combining the pecans, brown sugar, and melted butter. Mix with a fork until moistened. Spoon the mixture over the batter. Bake in the Advantium on the Metal Tray for 9 minutes at the settings below.
  3. U=3 L=6 M=1 C=7
Notes
These instructions are developed using a 240 GE Monogram Advantium Wall Oven with Convection.

Apple Cinnamon Crunch Muffins (Standard Oven)
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Serves: 12 muffins
Ingredients
  • 2 cups self-rising flour (make your own)
  • ⅓ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored, and finely chopped (I used Granny Smith)
For the topping:
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 °F. Place muffin liners in the wells of a muffin pan (if desired) or spray the muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and cinnamon. Add the milk, beaten egg, vanilla, and chopped apple. Stir until the ingredients are moistened, but don't over mix. Spoon the mixture into the muffin pan.
  2. Make the topping by combining the pecans, brown sugar, and melted butter. Mix with a fork until moistened. Spoon the mixture over the batter. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.

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FREE DELIVERY!

Right now, the folks at Allsouth Appliance are offering free delivery when you purchase a new GE Advantium oven at any of their locations in Montgomery, Birmingham, Huntsville, or Chattanooga!  Simply mention that you saw the free delivery promotion on Southern Bite.  Offer runs through October 31, 2015.  Delivery area restrictions may apply.  See the store for details. $75.00 value.  www.AllSouthAppliance.net

While the Advantium oven was provided by the amazing folks at GE, the opinions expressed here in are my own.  A positive review can never be bought.  I just really love this thing! 

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Comments

  1. Holy cow, Stacey, color me JEALOUS! That oven looks and sounds amazing. I am in desperate need of a replacement for my microwave (the one appliance that isn’t stainless like all the others and the ONLY one that you can see in my YouTube videos…in all its ugly white glory in my black and grey kitchen!!!). Maybe I should take advantage of that Chattanooga delivery offer. Oh, and your muffins look fantastic too!

  2. Rose White says:

    These muffins looks so delicious Stacey. I will be using this recipe this weekend. Oh yeah! Congrats! on your amazing new appliance. I am jealous.

  3. I don’t have self raising flour availabe. Can you let me know if I can just add baking powder and or soda to provide the needed boost to this yummy recipe?

  4. Joan in VA says:

    You did win the lottery. I just wish GE would send these type of items to the everyday person. Not bloggers, not professional chefs, just plain people.

  5. Mary Donohue says:

    I purchased an Advantium 120 about 5 years ago. It does not have convection feature but the new GE range I purchased at the same time does. I really like the Advantium’s cooking but the front of the oven is white plastic instead of the stainless version you got. I paid close to $900.00 for it but in the last 6 to 9 months the face has developed a crack down the front of the door and GE says there is nothing they can do about it. Needless to say I am very dismayed.

  6. I am one of the common people that don’t have one of those fancy ovens so to post a recipe without the baking temp is kind of cruel. please think about the rest of us.

  7. Excellent muffins; so moist and delicious the topping was great, just the muffins so much better! I had three small apples I needed to use and this was perfect.

  8. My muffins are baking and smell heavenly! Your recipes never disappoint! 🙂

  9. Stacey, yours has become my very favorite food blog! What a treat it is to receive an update from you. I have recommended your blog to several friends and they have also purchased your new cookbook. Keep up the good work and have a happy Thanksgiving
    from the Northern Rockies!

  10. I had my own GE Experience Center Adventure and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my Advantium. How do you make the grilled cheese in the Advantium….they didn’t demo that for us and I really need that in my life.

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