Cherry time! I stocked up on some cherries the other day and made a batch of choc-cherry muffins.
There is something really satisfying about the classic combination of chocolate and cherry. The sourness of the cherries and the sweet melting chocolate definitely beat those dry looking muffins I see in Balzac Coffee on my morning coffee run. Don’t get me wrong, I love the cupcakes with the big icing toppings and loads of flavouring that you can get in Cupcake Berlin but sometimes you just want that muffin! Where you can see the cherries and chocolate chips bursting out of the muffin and it melts in your mouth. You also get a lot less of a sugar rush!
200g plain white flour
1 tbspn baking powder
1 tspn vanilla extract (or vanilla flavouring)
140g cherries (stalks/ stones removed and halved)
70g caster sugar
200g dark chocolate (cut into small chunks)
2 large free range eggs
100g butter (softened at room temperature)
Heat the oven to gas mark 4/ 180C.
In a large mixing bowl add the sugar and butter and mix using an electric whisk. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix again until combined.
Sift the flour into the mixing bowl and add the baking powder. Using a wooden spoon mix well until the whole mixture is well combined. Stir in the cherries and chocolate chunks.
Line a 12 hole muffin tin with some paper cases. Fill the paper cases with the mix and then place in the oven for around 25 minutes or until risen and golden brown.
Transfer to a rack to cool.
For more great recipes check out A Modern Rose website!