Ama-zake is fermented rice and typically made into sweet beverage.
In Japan you can buy it, but I make my own ama-zake for an obvious reason (no one sells it in the U.S.!).
People usually add water or some kind of liquid to original ama-zake to drink it, because the base is pretty thick and has quite intense sweetness.
For this muffins I decided to use ama-zake as a sweetener.
These muffins turned out great!
They are rustic.
The outside has nice crunch, and the inside is moist.
I added some Sake to the batter, which may have helped keep them moist.
What you find in these muffins are big chunks of roasted apple and dry cranberries.
These muffins are perfect for breakfast.
I loved the natural sweetness from Ama-zake.
One thing I’ve begun doing recently with my muffins is that I no longer use the paper cups.
I directly pour batter into a pan.
This way, the side stays crunchy like the top.