Sunday, May 30, 2010

Cherry Orange Poppy Seed Muffins

I happened to have dried cherries on hand, after making these awesome duck breasts. So when my friend Jen posted a recipe for dried cherry muffins on her Facebook page, I knew I had to make them. The recipe also calls for orange zest and poppy seeds, both of which I love. And these muffins were fan-f*cking-tastic. They were a little fluffy and tasty and delicious; the Engineer and I gobbled up the dozen in a little over a day. Add the ingredients to your grocery list this week, you won’t be sorry you did.

2 cups flour
1 Tbsp poppy seeds
1 Tbsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 cup milk (lactose-free)
¼ cup butter or margarine, melted
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 cup dried cherries
3 Tbsp finely grated orange zest (I used 4 oranges)

Preheat oven to 400 °F. Grease a muffin tin.

Combine flour, poppy seeds, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl. In another bowl, combine sugar, milk, melted butter and egg. Add to dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Gently stir in cherries and orange zest. Divide batter into tin.

Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until wooden toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Let cool for 5 minutes.

Remove from pan and serve warm or let cool completely.

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