This week I made cherry muffins from my cook book Off The Shelf Cooking From the Pantry, by the food writer Donna Hay. I changed up a recipe for no-fuss blueberry muffins and added cherries instead, as well as butter instead of the sour cream. This was due to what I had in the Pantry. I thoughts this was okay considering the books title. Also a lot of crossing my fingers was involved that the muffins would taste good! So here is the recipe:
In a bowl, combine 2 cups sifted self-raising flour, 1/2 cup superfine sugar, 2 eggs, 1/3 cup vegetable oil and 4 oz of butter (this is the part I changed from 1 cup of sour cream) and mix well. Add 1/3 cup water and stir. *(note: At this point the mixture was really thick almost like cookie dough. I added a bit of water the 1/3 cup to fix this problem).
Wash 20 fresh ripe cherries. Pit the cherries by hand, or if you have a fancy cooking tool go for it! To pit the cherries I ran my knife blade all around the center of the cherry and then popped out the seed. This worked well. Chop and dice up the cherry halfs into smaller pieces. Sprinkle the mixture with the cherries and fold them into the batter. Spoon into a a muffin tin. This recipe makes 12 medium muffins.
Bake in a preheated (350 degree Fahrenheit) oven for 25-30 minutes or until cooked through. Allow to cool.
The muffins taste great for breakfast or a late night snack. I made sure to allow them to be cooked all the way through for a nice golden color. Hope you enjoy!