Hi all– A few years back we were dropping off our son for college in Michigan– drove along the lake (amazing!) and popped into a farm stand with tables of beautiful fruit–oh the cherries! Well, it seems a lot of those cherries have made their way down our way this summer. We’ve had cherries galore–glossy and dark, sweet and juicy. Lots of cherry snacking and cherries in salads. And these cherry nut muffins.
CHERRY NUT MUFFINS
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup oil
2 tsp. vanilla
1 full cup cherries, pitted & cut in half
1/2 cup of walnuts, chopped*
2 tab. sugar
Stir together the flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder and salt. Then blend in the egg, milk, oil and vanilla. And last, fold in the cherries and walnuts.
Spoon the batter into a 12 muffin pan– lined with paper liners. Sprinkle the 2 tab. of sugar lightly over the tops.
Pop the muffins into a 350 degree oven and bake them for 20 to 22 minutes until they are golden and firm to the touch.
Delicious warm– no need for jam with all those sweet cherries!
*Pecans or hazelnuts would work well too– and I always cheat and add extra nuts, love all the nutty crunch.