Apricot Pecan Streusel Muffins

Start your day off with a tasty, and heart apricot pecan streusel muffin! Grab and go right out the door, or sit and savor it with your morning cup of coffee. 

Dish Count :: 1 Muffin Tin, 2 Mixing Bowls, 1 Mini Food Processor (optional)
Apricot Pecan Streusel Muffins - A Perfect Way to start the day!!

I’m absolutely convinced that there is some sequence in female DNA that allows us women to hear the sound of a baby crying 52.3 miles away, or the sound of your dog horking up his breakfast across your entire house when it completely escapes the sound frequency range of your husband who is sitting RIGHT NEXT TO IT!! And somehow, I’m the one who makes it to the dog in time to see it all go down while said husband is sleeping through it on the couch…

How is this possible? I blame our Kryptonian eardrums or something, because there is no other reason for this to occur. How can you sleep through it?! Impossible!

Also, look at that face! Look at it. Doesn’t it deserve to be swaddled and cuddled and called Ralph? Yeah, I’m a sucker.

And after the event to which someone who didn’t hear the dog horking up the dog’s breakfast got a 5am lesson in how to use the steam cleaner. Ahhh, marital bliss. I guess he’ll turn up his hearing aids next time.

Apricot Pecan Streusel Muffins - A Perfect Way to start the day!! Apricot Pecan Streusel Muffins - A Perfect Way to start the day!!

Don’t get me wrong – Ben does a lot of stuff around the house that I hate doing, like laundry. He will beat me to folding it, or putting it away. Because our best and comfiest chair in the house is the one that our laundry sits on, and I use it as my go-to closet when I can’t be bothered to put my nice, clean, folded laundry away – which is always.

So I will let the dog horking up his breakfast episode slide. But it was a good lesson for both of us. Me to know that I can still make it across our apartment in about four bounds – even if I don’t make it to the dog in time. And that Ben can now use the steam cleaner which will be invaluable when little K-Words make their appearance into the words in the future. Apricot Pecan Streusel Muffins - A Perfect Way to start the day!!

Now, doesn’t this totally just get you in the mood for breakfast? Gawd, I’m sorry. But seriously, I’ve been waiting days to tell you about this. Because SOMEONE, ANYONE has to understand my plight!! And then since the steam cleaner was out, I decided why not just finish steam cleaning the rest of the apartment? I mean, I had nothing better to do? Let this be lesson number two – to get a life. Or just make muffins instead.

Yield: 12 Muffins

Apricot Pecan Streusel Muffins

Ingredients:

Apricot Pecan Muffins::


1 1/3 cup Flour


1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder


1/8 tsp Salt


1 1/4 cup Pecans, chopped finely and toasted


1 cup Sugar


2 Eggs


6 Tbsp Butter, melted and cooled


1/2 cup Milk


1 cup Chopped Dried Apricots


For Streusel:


3 Tbsp Flour


1 Tbsp Brown Sugar


1/4 cup Sugar


2 Tbsp Butter, cubed


1/2 cup Pecans


 


Directions:

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.


In a mini food processor, combine all ingredients and pulse approximately 4 times to combine into a struesel mixture. Set aside or in the fridge until ready to use.


For Muffins:


In one bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.


In mini food processor, combine pecans and sugar and pulse to combine until it resembles wet sand. Four or fives pulses.  Add this mixture to another mixing bowl. Whisk in eggs, melted butter, and milk. Pour flour mixture into this and fold to combine.


Fold in chopped apricots until just mixed together.


Let mixture rest for 30 Minutes. THIS IS A MUST! Muffins will not dome properly if they do not rest. 


Pour into greased muffin pan. Sprinkle with streusel topping. Bake for 17-18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.


Let cool in muffin tin for 5 minutes before removing. Let cool completely before serving.


Adapted from ATK's Cranberry Pecan Muffins


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