Cherry & Chocolate Muffins
It’s cherry season here in Kent and little roadside stalls are popping up everywhere for you to buy these tart ruby-red gems. As a child the first experience I had of cherries were the awful glace ones that you found on Mr Kiplings bakewell tarts. From then on I always called them ‘glass’ cherries and made up my mind I didn’t like them. Many years down the line and fresh cherries are now a very enjoyable treat, especially when paired with my favourite dark chocolate in this recipe!
- 250g fresh cherries, stones removed & halved
- 100g butter, softened
- 200g caster sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 260g self raising flour
- 120ml milk
- 80g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
- Pre heat the oven to 175 C (350 F)
- Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Whisk in the eggs and vanilla extract.
- Add half the flour and half the milk, mix then add the remaining flour and milk and mix again. Take care not to over-mix or your muffins will become heavy.
- Carefully stir in the cherries and chocolate.
- Spoon into muffin cases and bake in the centre of the oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden on top and a sharp knife inserted into the centre comes out clean.
- Leave in the tin for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack.