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1Jun/10

Love Muffin: Chocolate Cherry

This is the first post of its kind, one of many to come. I've decided to experiment in the wonderful world of muffins once every month or perhaps every two weeks. I love muffins. Don't you love muffins? It's cute. It's muffiny. It's Love Muffin.

Now with that said I'd like to address a certain someone with whom I am currently quite displeased.

Dear Mother Nature,

What is your problem? For serious.

It's Spring right? Let me check my calendar. Yes, definitely Spring. Actually, nearly Summer. And what do we have to show for it? A measly week of blessedly warm and perfectly sunny weather. It's actually snowed at least three times since the first day of Spring and been mostly crappy and cold otherwise.

Do you find it funny to torture innocent Spring loving people? That's right, Spring is my favourite season or at least it used to be. I'm half expecting the leaves to start turning orange and fall off right before we're condemned to a dark snowy prison again. Is Summer even coming? Will I ever get to swim and suntan and eat popsicles on the back step again without shivering?

I'd better.

Now I understand you're very busy controlling the weather all over the world but do you think it would be too much trouble to pay a little more attention to my corner of Canada? I don't ask for much, just maybe a smidgen more sunshine and a teensy bit less snow. I'll even make a deal with you. If you give me Spring I promise to complain a little bit less next Winter. I know how whiny I can be. That's reasonable right?

I think so.

I expect the weather to be different from here on out otherwise I swear I'll relentlessly pollute the ozone or something. No I'm kidding. I wouldn't do that, but maybe I'd stop using reusable bags and start using those horrible plastic ones when I do my grocery shopping. Remind me again, they take how many eons to decompose? Yeah, you wouldn't like that would you? I don't have to as long as you cooperate. Nobody has to get hurt.

I'm glad we had this little chat. I hope we can continue to be friends.

Sincerely your biggest fan,

Lindsey

Ok, now less crazy and more muffins!








Chocolate Cherry Love Muffins
Makes about 18 muffins.

Source: My own imagination.

3 cup flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup sweet cherries, pitted and rough chopped
Turbinado sugar for sprinkling







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Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and position a rack in the center. Line a muffin tin with muffin liners.

In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt then set it aside.

In a large bowl with an electric mixer cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla until it's light a fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and beat until each is just incorporated. Alternate the addition of milk and the dry ingredients by thirds, making sure not to over mix each addition. Finally add the chocolate chips and chopped cherries and mix it in lightly.









































Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin and fill each nearly to the brim of the liner and then sprinkle each liberally with turbinado sugar. Bake them for 15 – 20 minutes until the tops are a nice golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Transfer them to a cooling rack and enjoy!








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  1. Sounds awesome, gonna try them this weekend! Just wondering about the ginger though, it is listed in the “how-to” section but not in the list of ingredients……thanks for your great recipes!

  2. I love chocolate and cherries…..and muffins too!! I feel so bad for you about your weather… where I live in Arkansas, the temperature reached 100 today…yeah…and it’s not even July yet. Remind me to go into hiding this August…it’s gonna be unbearable. I would gladly share a bit of our sun with you if I could.

    • Oh man I`m so jealous! Well I don`t really want it to be 100 degrees. Ever. I prefer moderate weather you know when you can still wear jean and a t-shirt comfortably.

  3. “sparkles like the sun should” ah ha ha ha! I’m STILL laughing! I can’t stop!!

  4. They look delicious! Good idea to experiment with muffins–who doesn’t like a good muffin? I’m sure the muffins posts will be a big hit!

  5. hi Lindsey

    I like a little crazy!! weather can certainly lead to that too…..and those muffins……well if thats crazy, jut get my padded cell ready, cause they look too good to pass up!!
    Thanks so much for sharing a great recipe and for making me smile!!
    Cheers
    Dennis

  6. good grief! I’d be happy with winter over here in Malaysia. It’s either boiling hot or rainy. If mother nature would screw up just once and zap winter here and boiling hot over to you….perfect!
    Then I’d be indoors with those lovely muffins enjoying a warm kitchen as I stuff myself silly.

  7. I adore the chocolate-cherry flavor combination. I recently made granola bars featuring the delicious duo, and I might need to make these muffins soon!

  8. these look fantastic!!!!


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