Spiced Caramelised Apple Muffins with Streusel Topping


It’s been a little while since my last post. On Wednesday severe Typhoon Utor passed by Hong Kong. The rains and wind it brought with it completely knocked out our internet. Our connection comes into the house through a small wire, suspended across a pathway, and held together rather dubiously by sellotape. This little wire struggles to hold up to a light shower, so when a typhoon is near by, it doesn’t stand a chance.

There are, however, some distinct upsides to typhoon weather. When the T8 warning signal is raised by the Hong Kong observatory all of Hong Kong shuts down. All businesses close, everyone is advised to stay inside. It’s a great feeling to wake up in the morning to see the T8 signal. Instead of getting up for work, we happily roll over and go back to sleep.

I find it incredible I live in a place where the weather can completely close down a country. Back in England once every few years there might be a snow day or two, but they are hardly ever nationwide and most people are still expected to struggle into work if they can.

Luckily Hong Kong didn’t sustain too much damage from Utor, but the sea around Stanley did get a little crazy. Take a look at those waves!


The air was sticky and thick with salt and smelt of the sea. Our Chinese neighbour, who has lived in the area for over 60 years, says he has never seen the water so angry.


We went to take some pictures with the water.



And got absolutely drenched!


After drying off, I headed into the kitchen to create some typhoon day treats. As all the shops were shut down I searched through the ingredients I already had in the house and worked out a recipe from there.


The result are these little apple muffins. The apples are gently caramelised in butter and sugar. Oats are stirred in, along with two types of sugar and flour. Sprinkle in some ground ginger and cinnamon. Brown some butter just a little, until it’s starting to go dark in the pan. Top the muffins with crumbly streusel topping and bake until golden.

Caramelised Apple Spiced Muffins with Streusel Topping

(Adapted from Shaun Rankin – Makes 6)



For the Caramelised Apples

60g apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped

1tbsp butter

1tbsp sugar

For the Muffin Base

100g self raising flour

20g oats

1tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

25g light muscavado sugar (Plus about a teaspoon extra to sprinkle on top of the muffins)

25g caster sugar

1 egg

80ml milk

1 1/2 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil

20g butter

For the Streusel Topping

20g plain flour

40g caster sugar

1/4 tsp cinnamon

25g butter

1/4 tsp cinnamon

25g butter


Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C.

In a small pan, heat 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Melt and heat until it starts to colour. Add the apples and cook for about five minutes, watching very closely, until thick and golden brown. Take off the heat and put to cool.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, oats, baking powder, spices and sugars.

Crack the eggs into a jug or bowl. Melt the butter, let it brown a little in the pan for an extra nutty flavour. You want the solids in the butter to start to turn brown in the pan.  Add the butter and oil to the eggs and beat together. Add the apples and any caramel liquid that remains in the pan.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just combined. Divide the mixture between six muffin cases.

Next, make the streusel topping. Add all the ingredients together in a food processor and pulse together until the texture resembles bread crumbs. Alternatively, you can use your hands to rub together the ingredients.

Top each muffin with a teaspoon full of streusel, and a pinch of brown sugar.

Bake for about 15 minutes, until firm to the touch.

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  1. These look really delicious! Also, I love that you used the word ‘dubiously’ – what a fantastic word – it’s not used enough!

  2. Gorgeous muffins! And I agree, I was amazed by how weather affected HK when I was there. I’ve never seen it rain so hard and so long before in my life!


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