Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Are You So Desperate You Have To Pose Behind Muffins?!?...

Asked Travis to Amanda, an incredulous tone in his voice. And I laughed, hard.

I made these yummy cherry muffins last night from this recipe. It calls for blueberries but since I'd pitted about 3 pounds of cherries I wanted to put them in something. And since my sweet little (fever-running) Halle asked in a pitiful little voice for muffins I decided it would be muffins. I must confess though that I've never actually made muffins from scratch before. When I was in High School I made the Martha White paper package ones with the blueberry "pellets", which are made from figs- who knew? And then I graduated to the boxed kind with the "real Maine Blueberries" in a can. I do make a lot of things from scratch, actually a lot more than when Travis and I first got married but I mostly rely on boxed cakes and muffins. Which is probably because I don't bake that often and the kids always scarf them up within a couple of hours. But I was box-less last night and I wanted to use some of the fresh cherries. My only issue with the recipe is the struesel. The muffins don't necessarily need it but if you're going to have struesel my feeling is that it should be substantial. I added a handful of oatmeal to the mix which helped but if you really want a struesel muffin you should double what the recipe calls for in addition to the oatmeal. I won't go so far to say that I'll never make boxed ones again because they work in a pinch but this is a great recipe.
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5 comments:

Tisra said...

You mentioned making muffins but said nothing of the streusel topping. ANY recipe for cake or muffins is better with STREUSEL! I want an "acorn"! Yum.

Amy said...

Well, I can't imagine that there will be any left after today (Travis took 5 to work) but if you guys come over this week maybe we can make a batch. Halle loves her "acorn" (her new word for muffin not that she can't say it I guess it looks like an acorn from Higgly Town Heroes) and Amanda who initially turned up her nose at the prospect of a cherry muffin liked them. I didn't mention it in the blog but the batter for the muffins was beautiful. Beautiful batter? I know but it was so creamy and fluffy I've never made anything like it. I guess that's what I get for making boxed muffins.

Mary said...

They look delicious, even with the funky backdrop...who was that? I have this torn feeling of wanting to bake and wanting to stay completely away from my kitchen. It's like a personal torture. Streusel is the best!

Amy said...

I know the feeling, well I'm not pregnant but the heat is awful. I've actually had fruit for dinner 3 nights this week, well, and muffins. 9 months pregnant is definitely the time to be ordering out.

Mary said...

The problem is that I've been eating out through the whole pregnancy. Each new day brings a new excuse not to cook. When I have felt good enough or overcome my feelings I've tried to do extra and I do have a few things in the freezer for after baby. Muffins are good frozen...the next urge brings muffins to the table.