brown butter apple crisp skillet muffin bread
I just realized that my blog life in the past month has all been brown food. Ahhh, so boring.
But brown food usually = carbs, which always = yum so I hope you’re cool with it.
Especially today, because today? I have a video for you, but I also have a bread with brown butter and apples and streusel and glaze in it/on it. You’re most welcome.
Bring on the brown food!
So like I was saying, what we have here are three situations: A brown butter apple crisp skillet muffin bread situation, a streusel topping and vanilla glaze situation and a get-in-mah-belly-as-soon-as-possible situation. I’m sure you can relate. But before we go much further, you’re probably wondering what the hey-hoo a skillet muffin bread is. Well, let me tell you a story.
Whenever we go camping with my family, my dad is The Cook. He plans the meals (with my mom’s help, of course, otherwise we’d be eating brats alldayerrryday, true story), he prepares the meals, he takes pride in the meals — and as he should, because they are delicious. Sometimes, for breakfast, he’ll bust out a berry muffin pouch mix, mix it up in a skillet with some water, cover the skillet and let it bake on the campfire until it turns into what I lovingly refer to as the skillet muffin bread. I have fond memories of eating that skillet muffin bread, and that is why I am here today with a home-baked re-creation of it and why I’m about to tell you that you should really get some skillet muffin bread in your life.
You should really get some skillet muffin bread in your life.
I don’t know what it is about a muffin in bread/cake form (let’s be real, this is really pushing cake territory but for the sake of consistency it is BREAD), but I like it. I think it’s because I feel like I’m eating cake for breakfast, but it’s actually a muffin. The texture and crumb is muffin-like, too. And when you stir bits of fresh fruit into the batter, they soften as they bake in the bread and then they taste like absolute magic. Plus you don’t have to lovingly pour the batter into individual muffin cups; just spread it in a cast-iron skillet, top it with streusel and pop it in the oven. Done and done and done.
Oh, and about that fruit. Here’s a lil’ video tutorial on how to keep fruit from sinking to the bottom of your baked goods:
Because when you add just that teeny-tiny, easy-peasy step, you get this:
Apples, yo. Perfectly nestled on all levels of the bread. Soon to be in yo’ face.
P.S. I just decided you should totally roast the apples before putting them in this bread ahhhhhhh OMGEEEE DO IT.Print
Brown Butter Apple Crisp Skillet Muffin Bread
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 45 mins
- Total Time: 1 hour 5 mins
- Yield: 10 to 12 servings 1x
For the bread:
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
- 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups peeled, cored and chopped apples (about 2 apples)
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/4 cups milk
For the topping:
- 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
For the glaze:
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F; coat the bottom and sides of a large cast-iron skillet with butter.
- In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Continue to stir melted butter until brown bits form on the bottom and the butter turns a caramel color. Remove from heat; strain and set aside to cool slightly.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Add apples to a separate medium bowl. Transfer 3 tablespoons of the flour mixture to the bowl with the apples; toss to coat.
- In a separate medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk and brown butter. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients; stir until just combined. Fold in apples.
- Make the topping: Combine flour, oats, sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Pour batter into prepared skillet; top evenly with streusel topping. Bake 45 minutes to 1 hour until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Cool completely in skillet on a cooling rack. Combine ingredients for glaze. Drizzle over fully cooled bread.
Yes Quick bread is so on my mind right now. Brown is not boring! What about chocolate? Nutella? Caramel? All brown but none the less as exciting as rain bow sparkle cake. I also made today on the blog too, but i have never made in a skillet. I will take your word for it and try it!
It’s like one giant awesome muffin!! Who could not love that?!? I looks perfect and that topping is killer!
I am always down for carbs. Carbs are my life! I think it’s very cool that your dad is the head chef on your camping trips. This muffin bread looks awesome. Pinned.
BEE-uuutt-iful. Love it–and the pictures with the “apples, YO!” diagram. Haha! I need to make more skillet muffin breads, the possibilities are endless!
Dude, you had me sold at brown butter!! This is awesome!
Brown butter is the nectar of the gods, I swear. I use my cast iron skillet multiple times a day. I can’t wait to bake up this skillet muffin bread in it. Yum!
OH MY LAWD!! This is just everything that I love about everything.. all in a skillet. Does that make sense?
I love the tutorial! Your skillet muffin bread looks amazing with the perfectly placed apples! I want to go camping with your family – if there’s one thing that makes camping that much more awesome, it’s camping with someone who’s all about cooking delicious food! 🙂
Omg duuuuuude, this looks amazing! Love your lil video too! xo
I love brown food, especially if its browned butter. I don’t have much luck with my skillet… but I will give this a try.
Amazingggg! Sounds so delicious and oh so pretty too!
I am pretty tempted to make this tonight if I have time. I have so many apples from apple picking a couple of weekends ago. And this is completely different from anything I’ve made so far! It sounds wonderful. I am a huge fan of brown butter.
I wish my camping stories sounded as lovely as yours! Maybe then I would like camping more than I do. Especially if there was this bread to wake up to! Great video tutorial. I know I should do that but sometimes I am lazy and end up with all my fruit on the bottom womp, womp!
It looks yummy!