Mean Chef's Dried Cherry Corn Muffins

"These muffins belonged to Mean Chef. I'm honored to now give them a home."
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Ready In:
12 muffins




  • 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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  1. ciao4293
    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!
  2. Daphne2002
    These muffins are AMAZING! I love how the cornmeal contrasts with the tart sweetness of the cherries. I had enough batter left over after making 12 regular sized muffins to make several mini muffins for the kids. These will be regulars at our house. Thank you!
  3. evewitch
    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%.
  4. sparkle_eyes
    Really good! I used dried cranberries and oil for the melted butter. After reading other reviews, I made 2/3 of a batch which filled my muffin tin perfectly. I baked them about 17 minutes (but my oven runs hot).
  5. lovestoeat
    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!! :)


  1. Lennie
    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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