Thursday, August 6, 2009

Bing Cherry Muffins

Tuesday night, CSA brother brought us a huge package of Bing cherries from Costco - apparently they were on sale for a fantastic price. Add that to the package SP bought at Costco over the weekend and we have quite the Bing cherry supply. What to do with all these cherries? Aside from eat them for dessert with whipped cream on top (which has been dessert the past couple of nights)!

I think we were already starting to feel the urge to bake. It's been a month since we baked anything (the July 4 Fruit Tart and Sugar Cookies). The abundance of cherries just pushed us into action. We started flipping through our cookbooks. Cookies, muffins, scones, pies... and soon enough we found a yummy sounding Cherry Muffin recipe in, of all places, the free, paperback Costco cookbook SP got one day!!!

So last night, after the blossoms and corn, we made Cherry Muffins. The recipe makes a ridiculous number of muffins, so we halved it.

SP got busy and chopped 2 cups of cherries and 1/2 cup walnuts.
Meanwhile, I measured out the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar). I also greased our jumbo muffin pan (even though it is non-stick, we weren't taking any chances!).

SP beat together butter, sour cream, lemon zest, lemon juice, vanilla extract, almond extract, and milk - mmmm fresh lemon smells sooo good!He mixed in the dry ingredients using a wooden spoon, not the electric beater, as the recipe says. Finally, he folded in the chopped cherries and walnuts. The recipe cautions to not handle the batter too much so SP had to deal with my observations: "That's enough! Stop folding! Don't stir too much!"We have one jumbo muffin tin, which is six muffins. I think that, when halved, the recipe should yield 9-12 jumbo muffins. We filled the jumbo tin and still had batter (as expected) but we decided we didn't want to wait 30 minutes for the first batch to bake before popping out the baked muffins and re-filling the jumbo tin. We decided to use the regular size (12 muffin) tin to use up the rest of the batter. We have paper cups for the regular size muffins. I think the remaining batter filled about 7 regular muffin cups.

While the muffins baked, we cleaned up the kitchen. Somehow, it's always the day the cleaning lady is here or the next day that we fry stuff (the blossoms, the chicken) or bread stuff (the chicken, the blossoms) or bake stuff (the muffins). Oil pops on the stove, bread crumbs tumble around, flour poofs around. And then poor SP must contend with my neat freak-ness!! I'm especially picky right after M cleans, which she did on Tuesday. The house is so sparkly! I dread messing up the shininess!! So dinner/muffin clean up was more than just piling stuff in the dishwasher (which was already running, so we hand washed all the muffin dishes). We had to wipe down the counters, the stove top, wipe up the floor... must keep kitchen sparkly...We sure needed a muffin treat after all that!! SP opted for iced tea while I made myself a cup of hot Cinnamon Stick tea. We settled at the table and tried the muffins. Yum. Lots of cherries. The walnuts add a nice crunch/texture. Moist. While we were savoring the freshly baked muffins, Dad came upstairs and decided to sample a muffin. He said they are quite tasty and he took one along with him on his errands today, a snack to enjoy while he has meetings to settle grandpa's affairs and then works on cleaning out grandpa's house.

Speaking of grandpa, I think he would have enjoyed these cherry muffins. I am pretty sure I get my love of baked goods from grandpa. It's after lunch... it's nearly afternoon tea time... I think I'll have a cup of tea and a cherry muffin treat in honor of grandpa!

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