Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Cherry Muffins

My blogging friend and author of children's books, Beth, from Of Muses and Meringues recently shared this King Arthur recipe for muffins. John and I love muffins of all types so I couldn't wait to whip up a batch, especially since I had a can of cherries in my pantry that needed using.
Beth recommends fresh or frozen cherries but the canned cherries worked well too.
Oh, I made them a bit lighter by substituting unsweetened applesauce for half of the butter :)
Cherry Muffins
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1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup milk
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups cherries, pitted, coarsely chopped, and drained (either fresh or frozen)
1 cup slivered almonds, lightly toasted
1 tsp almond extract
granulated sugar for sprinkling

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time.

Combine dry ingredients and add them to butter/sugar mixture alternately with milk. Stir in almond extract, then gently fold in almonds and cherries.

Spoon muffin batter into 12 muffin cups (either greased or lined with paper liners). Cups will be quite full. Sprinkle each muffin with a little granulated sugar. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 30 minutes, or until muffins test done.

18 comments:

Susan said...

Ooooo, those sound great, LDH. Just yummy. And just in time for George Washington's birthday! Susan

Melanie said...

The picture looks so yummy and the recipe sounds so good!!

Beth said...

I'm so glad you liked these, Lorraine! I think the King Arthur flour website has some wonderful recipes, and I was happy to share this one. Nice idea about the applesauce, too - I'll give that a try next time.

Maria said...

Mmmm these look just beautiful, and so delicious! I love cherries, and these muffins sound so wonderful!

Winnie said...

These look fantastic Lorraine!
Sorry for sounding boring, but everything you make looks great!
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Heather said...

These look delicious!! Yum Yum!! ~Love Heather

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious said...

Would love to wake up to this in the morning!

Carol OurSearsKitHome said...

These look perfect to have with a cup of coffee or tea!

podso said...

The food you post about always sounds good but your photos make it all look mouth watering!

Angie's Recipes said...

These muffins look heavenly! They are great either for afternoon tea or breakfast.

inquiringchef said...

Lorraine, these look absolutely fantastic. I've never had a cherry muffin, but now I want to try one!

Marysol said...

Looks delicious!
I still have some of last summer's cherries in the freezer. Not to mention, we're getting a heck of a snowstorm tonight; can't think of a better excuse for cranking on the oven.

Haddock said...

I would like to have one of these as there is less butter in it :-)

kitty said...

Oh, those look so good and such a perfect breakfast treat!

Cuparoons said...

Yummy! Love cherries...definately a must-try:)

lindsey said...

Oh my goodness...you do make the most delicious recipes!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I love cherries! Almost every morning I have a whole wheat English muffin with my favorite cherry preserves. I'd love to change my routine and have one of these instead!

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

Your photography skills and camera are amazing to capture tack sharp the sugar crystals on top of the muffin! I can just smell the fragrance wafting through my computer screen.

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