Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Cherry and White Chocolate Muffins

Michelle from Greedy Gourmet hosts a monthly event called Snackshots and this month the theme was Muffins.

I haven't made muffins in ages, Nigella's cupcakes have been my latest temptation, so this is a great excuse to bring out the muffin pans and correct the situation.

One of my favourite muffins that I like to treat myself to, are the raspberry and white chocolate ones from Rumbles Patisserie at Prahran Market. I especially love their use of large chunks of white chocolate, if you going to have chocolate make it big!

However, I haven't made raspberry and white chocolate muffins, I've made Cherry and White Chocolate Muffins.

Cherry season is long gone but I've used frozen cherries - naturally you can replace them with fresh or canned if you desire.

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Cherry and White Chocolate Muffins
[Makes 10 large muffins]

300 grams plain flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
50 grams caster sugar
2 eggs
1 cup/250mls milk
80 grams butter, melted and cooled
200 grams frozen cherries (don't defrost them)
100 grams white chocolate (I use Lindt)
pearl sugar, optional, for decoration

Mix together the plain flour, baking powder and sugar and then sift into a bowl.

Lightly whisk the eggs with the milk before stirring through the melted butter.

Pour into the flour mixture and stir until just combined - add the frozen cherries and chocolate and stir very briefly. The batter will develop a delicate pink hue from the cherries.

Scoop out into muffin cases - fill them about three-quarters full.

cherry and white chocolate muffins

Sprinkle each muffin with a little pearl sugar if desired.

Bake in a preheated 180°C/350°F for about 20-25 minutes or until risen and golden brown.

Cool slightly in the pan before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.

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When warm they are a bit crumbly mainly due to the half melted chocolate but taste wise, you'll probably enjoy them more in this state.

cherry and white chocolate muffins ©

Split them open and you'll find those large pieces of chocolate just calling out your name, in fact this one is screaming for me at the moment!

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25 comments:

  1. Lovely new look and those muffins are to die for...just add a strong cup of black coffee, please.

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  2. They look delicious. What a perfect combination.

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  3. These are some beautiful muffins, Haalo! I haven't made muffins in ages, either.

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  4. What beautiful photos! These look amazing.

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  5. Oh, yum! You KNOW I'm going to try making this, right? ;-)

    Paz

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  6. these look beautiful - cherry and white chocolate sounds a great combination! I am curious - do you make your own muffin cups or do you buy them - I have seen these sorts of wrappings in shops but not at home (and do you find, as I have with the patty pan papers, that when straight out of the oven a lot of the muffins stick to the paper but when cooled the paper comes off easily?)

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  7. Yum ~ nice combo of flavors and the muffins look delightful too!
    sharona may

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  8. The muffins look stunning! Is it just me, or can I actually feel the warm aroma waffling through the last photo? :P

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  9. Thanks Nina - they are proving popular for morning tea.

    Thanks Dayna.

    Thanks Patricia!

    Thanks Magpie!

    Thanks Paz - save me some :)

    Hi Johanna - I get these from The Essential Ingredient in Prahran Market, you could make them but it doesn't really seem worth the effort. I find that unless I use silicon cases the muffins will always stick in the case when they are warm but do peel off nice when cooled.

    Thanks Sharona.

    Thanks Oven - there was steam coming off that last one!

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  10. thanks Haalo - will keep an eye out for these cases - not at prahran often but if I am I will look in the Essential Ingredient. And glad it is not just me with the paper sticking - your photos has made me wonder

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  11. You did a lovely job on your muffins. They look scrumptious.

    Natalie @ Gluten a Go Go

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  12. that looks beautiful. the perfect pretty muffin! wish i had one now. ;)

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  13. I love how you put these in their own little parchment paper containers...how adorable is that! That flavors look yummy too!

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  14. These look lovely!

    I bet the flavors of cherry and white chocolate go great together.

    Nice touch with the muffin cases - very cool!

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  15. Happy to help Johanna!

    Thanks Sharona!

    Thanks Natalie!

    Thanks Diva - i'll bake up another batch!

    Thanks Sweet!

    Thanks JD - anything with white chocolate is always tasty ;)

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  16. To put it simply YUMMM.Made it and devoured them.Now I am off for a jog!!

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  17. Happy to hear that Poornima!

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  18. Oh WOW, Haalo, those look incredible! I love the combination of flavours, and as a confirmed muffin addict, these are definitely going on my to try list :)

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  19. Thanks Jeanne - hope you enjoy them!

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  20. congratulations on winning the Snackshots award...I admit, I'm not surprised. Your photos are always stunning and the muffins sound awesome too.

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  21. Congratuations! Haalo.
    Your muffin looks delicious and the photos are great. :)

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  22. Thanks Ruth - I was very surprised to find that out, certainly was a lovely way to greet the day

    Thanks Thip - that's very lovely of you!

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  23. I got black cherries as they were all I could find and my muffins turned out blue! Tasty, but blue!

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  24. Hi Clara - the cherries do leech out colour, the ones I used gave the batter a pale pink colour. I'll have to lookout for black cherries, I like the idea of blue muffins

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  25. I just made this recipe using fresh cherries from the market, and they were amazing! I love the combo of white chocolate with the slightly tart cherries, and the muffins have great texture. Thanks for sharing a delicious recipe!

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