Sunday, June 13, 2010

Dark Chocolate Cherry Muffins

I found this recipe on Sassy Radish a few years ago. Be sure and visit Sassy Radish for some exceptional photos and hints. This recipe was originally from Gourmet Magazine, January 2005.

I adapted this Chocolate Cherry Muffin recipe to take advantage of fresh cherries, but it's terrific with dried cherries, too. Dried cherries and blueberries are a staple in my pantry. Very versatile and good in so many different recipes. 

Dark Chocolate Cherry Muffins

Ingredients:
6 tablespoons sweet butter
5 ounces Madecasse 70% Dark Chocolate (because I just got some at the Madecasse party the other night)
1 cup whole milk
2 large eggs
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder (I used Ghirardelli)
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt  (I usually use 'a pinch' but these muffins need the 1/2 tsp)
1 cup sweet cherries pitted and chopped (not too fine) or 1 cup dried sour cherries (4 ounces)

Preparation:
1. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 400°F. Be sure and do this ahead of time, so you won't be like me trying to move a hot rack with the dog in the way.
2. Melt butter and half of chocolate in milk in a 2-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until just melted. Remove from heat. Cool 15 minutes. Add eggs and whisk until smooth.
3. Whisk together flour, cocoa, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl until  combined. Add chocolate mixture and stir until just combined. Fold in remaining chopped chocolate and chopped cherries.
4. Now here it gets tricky. The original recipe said to divide among 12 greased (1/2-cup) muffin cups. I have different sized muffin pans, so just make sure your batter is about 1/2 full in each cup. Bake until toothpick comes out clean, 14 to 18 minutes. Cool in pan on a rack 5 to 10 minutes.

Photo: Sassy Radish

6 comments:

~~louise~~ said...

Cherries and chocolate right up there with Reese's in my book!

Marion has been on a canned cherries kick ever since she had a bout with the gout. You think I could use those? I have about 5 cans in the pantry!!!

Thanks for sharing, Janet...

Janet Rudolph said...

As long as the canned cherries are drained, I don't see why not. Dried cherries are fabulous though because they add texture.
Cherries for gout? Didn't know that.
Thanks for stopping by!

Janet Rudolph said...

As long as the canned cherries are drained, I don't see why not. Dried cherries are fabulous though because they add texture.
Cherries for gout? Didn't know that.
Thanks for stopping by!

Nicisme said...

those look fabulous - and cherries are coming into season here!

Andrea said...

I take a look at Sassy Radish and like this blog, I was amazed by their photos and hints.

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks Janet. I'll remember to drain them if I decide to use them. Ordinarily, I wouldn't have canned cherries but marion seems to like them:) Cherries for gout I have heard about before but for some reason, I think its a certain type of cherry. I don't think Bing Cherries are the cure.

Have a GREAT day!!!