Mean Chef's Dried Cherry Corn Muffins
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- Ready In:
- 1 1⁄2 cups dried cherries
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1⁄2 cups whole milk
- 8 ounces unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup yellow cornmeal
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Spray a 12 cup muffin tin.
- Place cherries and 1 tbl flour in bowl, toss and set aside.
- Combine milk, melted butter and eggs in a bowl.
- Set aside.
- In bowl of mixer combine flour, sugar, cornmeal, baking powder and salt.
- Mix with paddle to blend.
- Add milk mixture and mix on low until just blended.
- Add cherries and mix to combine.
- Spoon into muffin tin.
- Bake until tests done.
- Remove muffins from pan to cool.
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Oh yum! These are so good! They are perfect in my book. I'm a self confessed muffin junkie. I LOVE muffins! And these are right up there with my favorites. Very quick and easy to put together, great for a morning treat. The batter generously filled 12 muffin cups, and 2 ramekins as well. The ones in the muffin pan took exactly 20 minutes, and the 2 ramekins took about 25 minutes. They came out of the pan perfectly, I never use muffin papers, just always grease the pan. Very, very good muffins that the whole family loves! Thanks Mean!
The flavor was really good. I guess you have to be more talented than me to make a Mean Chef recipe, however. The most important point is that a 12-cup muffin tin is *not* a standard muffin tin. A standard tin holds 1/2 c. batter per muffin (meaning than a 12 muffin tin is a 6-cup tin). I didn't really make not of this as I was making this until the muffins spilled over in the oven. There was no failsafe in step 10 because the recipe doesn't state how full the cups should be. I was also frustrated that the recipe doesn't say how long to bake, but my gigantor muffins were done in 23 minutes. I also had two other issues that were entirely my fault and, oddly, didn't seem to affect the flavor or results. 1. I didn't have enough cornmeal left. I didn't measure because I knew it was less than a cup, but it was probably about 3/4 cup. 2. The highest fat milk I had in the house was 2%.
These muffins are sooo yummy!! My 16 yr old daughter couldn't quit eating them. I would never have thought of putting dried cherries in a corn muffin, but it is very nice. These muffins go great with a nice spicy bowl of soup or chili, the sweetness is a perfect contrast to a spicy dish. I used whole wheat pastry flour when I made mine, so mine weren't quite as yellow as the picture, but they were still very pretty. Thanks for the post!! :)
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These muffins were a perfect treat after a Saturday morning spent walking around the neighbourhood, checking out yard sales. They were both fast and easy to mix up, and went very well with a cup of tea and some cheddar cheese. I took a cue from the other reviewers, who indicated this made a lot of batter: I used just one-third of this recipe, and it filled a 6-cup muffin pan completely. I had to give the muffins a few extra minutes, but after the longer cooking time they were perfect. The only changes I made, besides cutting the ingredients back, were both out of necessity: I used canola oil instead of the melted butter (I'm out of butter--sheesh--I'm never out of butter), and I used 10% cream instead of the whole milk (I only had 1% milk on hand). Thanks for posting; I'll be making these frequently.
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