Its been quite some time since I posted something sweet here. Well, its not because I haven't been making any at home, its just because they all have a specific recipe and measurements I follow and can be checked any time, whereas the savoury stuff is all from here and there and if I don't pen it down as soon as possible, I completely forget and it just stays in my drafts forever. I have quite a few of those still lying around.
We went over to a friends place for dinner about 2 weeks back and after brainstorming on what to take, I decided on cherry muffins because the cherries at the supermarket were too good and in plenty to resist, needless to mention, I kinda ended up eating quite a bit while pitting.
Since I've seen loadsa cherry recipes on blogs, I thought I'd join the bandwagon and share a cherry recipe myself.
Have a great weekend peeps.
Cherry muffins (yields 12)
loosely adapted from Smitten Kitchen's peach cupcakes
Plain flour- 1 1/2 cups
Baking powder- 1 1/4 tsp
Baking soda- 1 1/4 tsp
Salt- 1/2 tsp
Nutmeg- a pinch (optional)
Butter- 3 oz
Granulated white sugar- 3 oz
Packed dark brown sugar- 3 oz
Vanilla extract- 1/2 tsp1 1/4 cup
Cherries- 1/2 to 3/4th cup (pitted)
Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and salt. Keep aside.
Cream the butter and both the sugars together in a free standing mixer, using a hand blender or with a wire whisk, till light and fluffy.
Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Add the vanilla and then buttermilk bit by bit.
Fold in the dry ingredients, making sure no lumps are seen.
Add the pitted cherries and mix again, lightly.
Line a cup cake tray and pour in about one ladle full of batter into each (about 3/4th full) and bake in a pre-heated oven (176C) for 25 to 30 minutes or till golden brown on top and after the skewer test comes out right.
Take them out and cool on a wire rack after about five minutes.
Notes: I have halved the recipe here, double it for 28 muffins.
They were perfectly sweet with the slight tartness of the cherries, which were perfect for me, but if you need it sweeter, you can add some more sugar.