Sour Cherry Almond Muffins

June 21, 2011

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Being that it’s cherry season and I’ve been doing a lot of baking that involves cherries, I couldn’t resist posting this recipe for cherry almond muffins.

A few days ago, my co-worker brought me a bag of sour cherries from her yard. Sour cherries are super tart and much smaller than super market cherries. 

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What better way to use sour cherries than to bake them into something sweet.

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I don’t have a pitter, so I gut my cherries the old fashioned way- until my finger tips are stained red and sweet, and cherry blood oozes from the cutting board. Mwahahaha!

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For this recipe, I simply modified classic blueberry muffins by adding cherries, almonds, and almond extract.

Ingredients: (makes one dozen muffins)

1 and 1/2 cups self-rising flour

1 egg

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup oil

1 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup fresh sour cherries

1 cup sliced almonds (divided)

Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, milk, oil, egg and almond extract. Next, fold in the cherries and half of the almonds.

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Spoon the batter into well-greased muffin tins. Fill the cups 2/3 full and top with the remaining almond slices (and a pinch of sugar, too if you like!)

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Bake for 20 to 25 min.

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Serve piping hot with a side of cherries and a big ole slab of butter.

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Breakfast is served!

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Maha September 25, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Very Yummy! I made these with 1 cup frozen pitted sour cherries. (I have a bunch in the freezer from this past Spring.) I also chopped up plain whole almonds, since I had that at home. I used 3/4 cup almonds, not 1 cup. I also used just 1/3 tsp almond extract (non alcoholic kind) because I felt like anything more would be too strong. The muffins turned out great! Moist and delish! Oh, I added a bit of white granulated sugar to about 2 tbsp’s of the chopped almonds and put those on top of the muffins (after putting the batter in the muffin pan).

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Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods September 26, 2011 at 7:18 am

Great! Sounds like you made some delicious modifications!

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Stacey Erickson July 23, 2011 at 9:54 am

These muffins were amazing and got rave reviews by all of my kids! Thank you for sharing the recipe! I will be making them many more times with the cherries in the freezer!

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Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods July 23, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Wonderful! I’m so glad your family enjoyed them. :)

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Stacey Erickson July 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm

If I am wanting to use some cherries that I had frozen and are now thawed, should I drain the juice from them?

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Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods July 21, 2011 at 7:00 pm

You know, I found these muffins to be a bit dry, so the cherry juice might just work! Add it little by little, just be sure the batter doesn’t get too soupy. Good luck!

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Francois June 27, 2011 at 6:39 am

They look absolutely delicious.
Perfect for a mid-day little treat with a nice cup of tea or a strong espresso.

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Lisa {smartfoodandfit.com} June 25, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Love adding cherries to my baked goods. I eat tart cherries all the time or drink the concentrate to help my muscles recoop from an intense workout! :)

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LauraJayne June 23, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Sour cherries are supposed to be really good for rehabbing tired muscles too – sounds like a perfect excuse to eat a healthy serving of these muffins!

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Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 23, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Oooh, great idea! Thanks for the tip! ;)

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Kenley June 23, 2011 at 5:52 pm

I love cherries — these look so good!

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Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 23, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Thanks, Kenley! :)

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Sarah June 23, 2011 at 9:52 am

Wow, such gorgeous photos! Love all of these cherry recipes. So summery!

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Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 23, 2011 at 11:04 am

Thank you, Sarah! :)

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Lisa {smartfoodandfit.com} June 22, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Hey Jen, I am passing the Versatile Blogger Award to you! I mentioned your blog as one of my fav’s, check it out at: http://smartfoodandfit.com/2011/06/versatile-blogger-award/

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Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 23, 2011 at 3:51 am

Thank you, Lisa! Wow! This is my first ever blogger award. What an honor!

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Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic June 22, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Sounds delicious! I always like food better when it looks pretty – and these muffins are pretty! I never actually baked with cherries before, but your recipe is inspiring me to give it a shot :)

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Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 23, 2011 at 3:52 am

Aw, thanks Bianca! Hope you like them!

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Lisa {smartfoodandfit.com} June 22, 2011 at 9:49 pm

These look so pretty! I love baking muffins for my kids and this recipe looks like one they’d like. I think I’ll make it this weekend!

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Khushboo @ Two Megapixel Food June 22, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Speaking of which I still haven’t made the chocolate cherry brownies but I am keeping it reserved for this weekend!

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Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 22, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Oh, I hope you like them! Let me know how they turn out for you. :)

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Khushboo @ Two Megapixel Food June 22, 2011 at 3:16 pm

So pretty! I have a huge bag of cherries in my fridge. Now I know what to do with them :) Lovely pictures.

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Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 22, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Thank you!

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Victoria June 22, 2011 at 11:46 am

Those look incredible! I love anything with cherries in it. The addition of slivered almonds is a nice touch!

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Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 22, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Thank you, Victoria!

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natalie (the sweets life) June 22, 2011 at 9:38 am

these look great! I wish I had co-workers bringing me in fresh produce!! :)

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Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 22, 2011 at 9:41 am

It’s a huge perk to my job! ;)

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brandi June 22, 2011 at 9:04 am

these look so delicious! love that punch of red in the muffins

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table June 21, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Ohhhh… what about cherry + blueberry muffins?! These look so good – I love the almond.

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Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 22, 2011 at 8:03 am

Ooooh, great idea! I’ll have to make those next time! :)

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Blog is the New Black June 21, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Cherries are highly underused in baking! These look insanely delish!

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Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 21, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I agree! There should be more baked goods with a cherry surprise inside! :)

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