I thought that I would make some Cherry Muffins for Red Nose Day, but things didn’t go quite to plan. After putting the mixture in the muffin cases, I carefully placed another cherry on the top of each for the Red Noses. But when I looked in the oven, there was no sign of the Noses, the cakes had risen over the cherries. Obviously the cherries must have been too heavy and had sunk right into the muffins. So as they are still very tasty, I’m going to share my recipe for Cherry Muffins, but with no mention of the cherry on top. Perhaps with hindsight, it would have been better to ice the muffins and then decorate with a cherry on top, but I was looking forward to the classic crunchy sugary top.
Ingredients (makes 18)
200g caster sugar
1 teasp vanilla essence
250g self raising flour
pinch of salt
200g glace cherries
approx 2 tbsp brown sugar
Preheat fan oven to 210 deg C.
Line a muffin tin with cases.
Chop the cherries into quarters.
Cream together the margarine and sugar.
Beat in the eggs and vanilla essence.
Add the salt.
Gradually sieve in the flour, alternating with the milk.
Add the cherries and spoon the mixture into the prepared muffin cases.
Sprinkle a pinch of brown sugar onto the top of each muffin.
Bake in the preheated oven for 5 minutes.
Then reduce the heat to 170 deg C for another 15 minutes or until golden.
Remove from the oven and place on cooling rack.
Serve and enjoy.
Or my uncle’s suggestion is to wash the cherries first, dry them and dust with flour to stop them sinking.