Cheesecake Stuffed Apple Muffins with Streusel Topping and Caramel Sauce

Apple Cheesecake Muffins with Streusel Topping and Caramel Sauce

These days the farmers market is just packed with apples and every time I see them I think that it is past time for me to get down to using them in a recipe rather than just snacking on them. It has been far too long since I last made muffins and I was thinking that some apple muffins would be an excellent way to start the day! When I think about apple muffins I am imagining the harvest and the muffins have large chunks of tender apple and they are nice moist and and light brown in colour from the whole wheat flour and rolled oats along with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. To keep the muffins on the lighter side I use oil rather than butter and I replace a lot of the oil with vanilla yogurt and apple sauce which help keep the muffins moist and tender. It is a good thing that the muffins themselves are fairly healthy because what I do to them next is not at all diet friendly.

Apple Cheesecake Muffins with Streusel Topping and Caramel Sauce

I could have just stopped there and these apple muffins would have been great but I was thinking about something a little more decadent and my plan was to stuff the muffins with a cheesecake filling, to top them with a rolled oat streusel and finally to cover them in a caramel sauce! The cheesecake stuffing was pretty simple in that I was going to place half of the batter into the muffin pan, top it with a bit of cheesecake and then top that with the other half of the batter. This way when the muffins baked they would already have their cheesecake stuffing which would cook and set right in the muffin. The rolled oat streusel is just a simple mixture of rolled oats, butter and sugar and it is mixed until it forms crumbs and those crumbs are sprinkled onto the muffin batter before baking them. The final piece of these amazing muffins is a home made caramel sauce that I spiked with a pinch of coarse grained sea salt to give it the hint of the exotic.

Apple Cheesecake Muffins with Streusel Topping and Caramel Sauce

Despite the length of the recipe, these cheesecake apple muffins with streusel topping and caramel sauce are actually pretty easy to make and the weekend is a great time to make them. Any holiday weekend would definitely benefit from having these muffins make an appearance for breakfast!

Apple Cheesecake Muffins with Streusel Topping and Caramel Sauce

Cheesecake Stuffed Apple Muffins with Streusel Topping and Caramel Sauce

Cheesecake Stuffed Apple Muffins with Streusel Topping and Caramel Sauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 45 minutes Servings: 12

Apple muffins stuffed with cheesecake and topped with a rolled oats streusel and caramel sauce. A perfect holiday breakfast with both a naughty and a nice side.

    For the cheesecake:
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the streusel topping:
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • For the muffins:
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups apples, peeled, cored and cut into bite sized pieces
  • For the caramel sauce:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
    For the cheesecake:
  1. Beat the sugar into the cream cheese until smooth.
  2. Beat in the egg followed by the vanilla extract.
  3. For the streusel topping:
  4. Cut the butter into the flour, sugar, cinnamon and rolled oats until combined and crumbly.
  5. For the muffins:
  6. Mix the brown sugar, yogurt, apple sauce, oil and egg in a large bowl.
  7. Mix the flours, rolled oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in another large bowl.
  8. Mix the wet and dry ingredients along with the apples.
  9. Spoon half of the mixture greased muffin pan, add a tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture to each muffin hole, top with the remaining batter and sprinkle the streusel mixture on top.
  10. Bake in a preheated 375F/190C oven until a toothpick pushed into the center comes out clean, about 15-25 minutes.
  11. Remove from oven and let cool.
  12. For the caramel sauce:
  13. Heat the sugar and water in a sauce pan over medium heat and simmer it until it turns a medium amber colour.
  14. Remove from heat and carefully pour in the heavy cream.
  15. Return to heat and cook until smooth, stirring with a wooden spoon.
  16. Stir in the butter.
  17. Allow the sauce to cool for a few minutes and stir in the vanilla extract and salt.
  18. Let cool and serve over the apple muffins.


Sara said...

Whoa, these look AMAZING! Yum, what a fantastic treat! :)

Gloria said...

these look delicious Kevin:)

Cara said...

Awesome job, Kevin! Nothing sounds more wonderful right now :)

Maria said...

Streusel and caramel sauce-yum!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Amazing muffins! Really irresistible.



Chiara "Kika" Assi said...

What an awesome idea, Kevin... sounds fantastic!

Joanne said...

I'm pretty sure I'd have to have these for dessert...and I'm pretty sure they must be amazing!

warmvanillasugar said...

These sound positively scrumptious!

Kathleen Richardson said...

You tempter, you! I can feel the pounds creeping on already.

bellini said...

What can I say as I drool down my keyboard.

anniebakes said...

what a wonderful, festive muffin recipe!! anne

Maria Nei Pori said...

Thanks for the recipe! I've never tried this combination.

Mary Evenson said...

How much unsweeten apple sauce do you add to the muffin mix? Would you recommend to serve these muffins warm or room temperature?
I am making these tonight to bring to a brunch.
Very Excited to try them out!

Kevin said...

Mary Evenson: That should be 1/2 cup of apple sauce. I prefer the muffins warm but they are also good at room temperature. Enjoy!

Kyoungmi said...

Hey Kevin,
I gotta say your recipes are very great. This muffin recipe is the second of yours I tried. I know this is not a baking blog, but please provide us with many more baking recipes. Am I right you have not published any cupcake recipe yet?
Best regards to Canada!

Rosy said...

What kind of oven is best for such kind of results.I am new to cooking expecially want to start baking!

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