Buttermilk Cherry Muffins

Buttermilk Cherry Muffins

Not only does the buttermilk in this recipe keep every bite moist and fluffy, it also keeps the cherries bright red even after baking.

YIELDS

18 muffins

INGREDIENTS

Muffins

  • 1 cup dried cherries, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • 3/4 cup Domino® Granulated Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Streusel Topping

  • 1/3 cup Domino® Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/3 cup almonds, chopped
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter or margarine

INSTRUCTIONS

Muffins

In a medium bowl, combine the cherries and buttermilk and set aside to soak for 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 18 medium muffin cups or line with paper baking cups.

In large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; whisk lightly to blend.

In a separate bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs and almond extract and mix thoroughly.

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and spoon in the cherries and buttermilk. Add the butter and sugar mixture. Mix until thoroughly blended, but do not overmix. Fill the prepared muffin cups two-thirds full with batter.

Streusel Topping

In a small bowl, combine sugar, chopped almonds, flour and cinnamon. Cut in cold butter until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over muffins.

Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately remove from pan to cooling rack.

QUICK TIP

If you do not have buttermilk available, make sour milk by combining 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar plus enough milk to make 1 cup. Let stand 5 minutes before using.