Thursday, January 31, 2013

Cherry Muffins

I found the pictures of these Cherry Muffins in my camera tonight and realized I'd never shared the recipe here on the blog.

It was in November of 2000 (according to the notation on my recipe card) that I first made them.  Along with the date I wrote, "Super good muffins!!"   I've made them a few times in the last twelve years but not nearly as often as I perhaps should have.  (Maybe I have too many recipes?)

Anywho, I made them a week or so ago and they were pronounced PDG (Pretty Darn Good) by all who sampled them.


They would be wonderful for a Sunday Brunch or with a cuppa coffee at  afternoon break.

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CHERRY MUFFINS

2 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups fresh, frozen or canned pitted tart red cherries, drained

Topping

1 to 2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 to 2 tablespoons sliced almonds

In mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Make a well in the center and set aside.

In another bowl, combine eggs, milk, butter and almond extract.

Add to flour mixture all at once and stir just until moistened.  Gently fold in cherries.

Spoon into well-greased muffin tins.

Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle over batter.  Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean.


Cool a few minutes before removing muffins to a rack.  Yields 12 muffins.

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Since the month of February starts tomorrow (eeek, how did that happen already?) and February is National Cherry Month (according to the Cherry Marketing Institute), why not give these a try in the next couple of weeks?

10 comments:

Sparkless said...

Ohhh I'm gonna make them with that jar of maraschino cherries in the fridge I can't get rid of. Do you think they would work with this recipe? I have dried cherries also but I like to snack on those.

Tombstone Livestock said...

Bet they would be good made with Cranberries and orange zest. They look really good.

Erin said...

Those look fantastic! I'm such an idiot, I only realized today that the log in your header photo was heart-shaped.... Happy Valentine's Day LOL!

Kelly said...

These look good, I'm going to need more ink for my printer with all these delicious recipes to save!!!

Mama Pea said...

Sparkless - Gosh, I dunno about the maraschino cherries in this recipe. It might work just fine, but it seems like the flavor would be too sweet? The sour cherries are such a nice contrast to the sweet batter of the muffins. But who knows? You may come up with a new recipe that Martha Stewart will pay you millions for! Try it and see!

Mama Pea said...

Tombstone Livestock - Oh, good one! Yes, ma'am, that appeals to me.

Mama Pea said...

Erin - Well, some of my friends are a little slower than others. (Hee-hee!) But you realized it just in time for Sweetheart's Month! (IS there a Sweetheart's Month? I think I just made it up.)

Mama Pea said...

Kelly - I know! Saving good sounding recipes isn't the problem. Actually getting around to using them is the hard part. (Yes, I do have a whole cardboard box in the bottom of my closet full of recipes to try. Maybe those should be next on my sorting out list!)

Kristina said...

You are always sharing some delicious recipe. Those look very good.

Mama Pea said...

Thanks, Kristina - I think when you like to eat as much as I do (!), you end up collecting some pretty good recipes!