Monday, June 15, 2009

Low-fat Cherry Muffins

I adapted this recipe from She Bakes and She Cooks. Originally was known as Blueberry muffins but I don't have blueberry, hence I replace with fresh cherries. Ricky said it was quite different from my usual ones. Yes, this is a muffin not cupcake. The look itself is already very delicious. But the selling point is that it is very healthy too. It calls for quite little butter.

This will be better with fruits that has stronger flavor, like blueberries, rasberries, etc. The muffins was soft and quite dense but feel its a little bit dry side. I think by changing the fruits used will enhance it further.

I love polka dot (regular size)

Mini size - My favorite checkered



45g plain flour
1tbsp caster sugar
1tbsp brown sugar
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
25g cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces.

For the muffins:
115g salted butter, at room temperature
100g caster sugar
50g brown sugar
2 eggs
360g plain flour
4tsp baking powder
1 cup milk
1½tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 190 degree. Line 12 muffins liners.

To make the topping, stir together the flour, sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Using rubbing in method, rub the butter with fingertips into the dry ingredients just until coarse crumbs form.

1. Using electric mixer, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
2. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each edition until blended into the butter mixture.
3. Combine and sieve together the flour, baking powder.
5. Add vanilla to milk.
4. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture in 3 increments, alternating with the milk. Stir just until evenly moistened.
6. Using a large rubber spatula, gently fold in the cherries just until evenly distributed, no more than a few strokes. Do not overmix.
7. Spoon the batter into each muffin cup, filling it to almost full cup. Sprinkle each muffin with some topping.
8. Bake until golden, dry, and springy to the touch, 20-25 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin should come out clean. Transfer the pan to a wire rack.

Makes 12 muffins.

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