Dried Cherry Muffins

The month of January I pledged to cook with what I had in my pantry. At times it was challenging but for the most part I breezed through the month without having to go grocery shopping. It is nice to occasionally do a grocery shopping freeze and use up what is on hand. It is amazing what gets shoved to the back of the pantry or freezer and quickly becomes long forgotten -like that box of clearance priced Halloween themed Funfetti cake mix. When I was assessing the contents of the pantry I came across an unopened bag of dried cherries. Naturally I opened them up to have a little snack while I continued my assessment.

Oddly enough cherries have been a pretty constant (and unsatisfied) craving this pregnancy, specifically my Grandma Elaine’s cherry pie. I have never tried rehydrating dried fruit before and didn’t really want to tackle a pie on my first try. I became fixated on the idea of rehydrating the cherries and using them in a baked good of some sort. Scones really stuck out. Quickly I became obsessed with the idea of cherry scones. I have made scones in the past and I knew I had shared them with you all so I quickly checked the archives for my scone recipes. Lo and behold I was stunned to see a chocolate cherry scone recipe I posted last May. They used dried cherries and were perfectly tart and sweet. So I changed directions and went with a cherry muffin using rehydrated dried cherries. I am glad I did. The cherries rehydrated perfectly and were delicious in these buttermilk muffins.

Cherry Muffins

The method I used for making these muffins was the same I used when I made my Jumbo Bakery Style Banana Nut Muffins. This method I first discovered on Sally’s Baking Addiction yields sky-high muffins like you would find in your favorite coffee shop or bakery. To rehydrate the dried cherries you can soak them in water in the fridge overnight or if you’re in a pinch you can pour boiling hot water over them and let them sit for 15 minutes while they plump up. I had time on my side so I soaked them overnight in the fridge. Cherries not your thing try dried blueberries, or cranberries, or even raisins.

Cozy up with a large cup of coffee or tea and enjoy your cherry muffins. Top of the muffin to YOU!

Cherry Muffins

DRIED CHERRY MUFFINS
yield: 15 regular size muffins
total time: 35 minutes prep + baking time
Ingredients
3 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 eggs, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 cup buttermilk (can use regular milk or make your own buttermilk with 1 cup milk + 1 tablespoon vinegar)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1-1/2 cups rehydrated dried cherries
1 teaspoon almond extract

Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray muffin tins or liners into the muffin tins.
2.  In a large bowl mix together flour and baking powder. Set aside.
3.  In a medium bowl mix together eggs, sugar, buttermilk, oil, cherries, and almond extract. Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Careful not to overmix.
4.  Scoop batter into prepared tins making sure to fill to the top.
5.  Bake at 425 degrees F for 5 minutes. Reduce temperature to 375 degrees F and continue to bake for 15 minutes.
6.  Cool in muffin tins for 5-10 minutes before serving. 

* if you want to make these into jumbo muffins bake for 425 degrees F for 5 minutes, then at 375 degrees F for 25 minutes

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12 Responses to Dried Cherry Muffins

  1. Great idea Jamie! We still have a bag of dried cherries from Christmas in our pantry. Thank you for the delicious recipe:)
    Cheers,
    J+C

  2. Cailee says:

    These look delicious!! I love muffins! And dried cherries! YUM!! Hope that you have a great weekend!! :)

  3. These muffins look super delicious!

  4. I’m a muffin lover so I’d love to get my hands on these beauties! Great job Jamie, love that cherry flavor you are making happen here!

  5. Oh what a great idea!! I have some dried cherries lying around in my pantry too. Muffins are my favorite go-to breakfasts!

  6. SUCH a perfect looking muffin! I love cherry muffins and must try these. Thanks so much for sharing at SNF!

  7. Debbie Mitchell says:

    I made these dried cherry muffins for my best friend who came to visit with a huge bag of dried cherries and said to myself what a am I going to do with these? Well, I found your website and went to work!!! I had never baked or cooked with dried cherries so I learned that i had to “pop” them first and then to the baking process which by the way was done in about 5 minutes!!! I made jumbo’s and got 5 beautiful muffins, had 1 and the rest are gone!!! I received 2 calls today with nothing but praise for these muffins. Now Grama wants the recipe to make for her knitting group on Wednesday. My girlfriend says I need to become a pasty chef even though I’ve been a nurse for 24 years but have been laid off since October 2013 and no job insight. If I wasn’t 57 I would definately consider a career change. Thank’s so much for your web site. I have been on here all day just recipe hunting. It’s what unemployed people do!!! Debbie.

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