Sunday Morning Coffee: Chocolate Cherry Muffins
I was up early this morning after a restless night: one of our kittens has gone missing, and we fear he’s met up with a dog or other predator. I’ve looked in every possible hiding place and wandered the neighbourhood calling for EyeRa, but have sadly concluded he’s gone. Frank and I are pretty upset, but EyeRa’s brother George is really unhappy: he is wandering the house, startling at every sound and crying for his companion.
While I was searching, I had time to plan a new treat for this morning’s church coffee time. Frank’s Mom has a Rainer cherry tree that has been very productive this year: we have buckets of cherries. We’ve been working at pitting and bagging them for use later in the year, and I’m planning to mix some with some Bings for a cherry pie this week. For today, I mixed them into a basic chocolate muffin batter and added some dark chocolate/burnt almond pieces as garnish.Yummy!
CHOCOLATE CHERRY MUFFINS
Bake at 375° for 25 minutes. Makes 12 large muffins.
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1/3 cup cocoa
- 1 Tbs baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup pitted cherries [I used Rainer, you could use Bing or even sour cherries]. I left these whole: you could halve them if you prefer
- [optional] 1 family-sized bar Dark Chocolate with almonds [I used Cadbury’s]
Preheat oven to 375°. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin.
Stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Make a well in the centre.
Lightly beat egg, add milk and vegetable oil. Pour into well. Stir to moisten. Stir in cherries, stirring just enough to mix evenly.
Spoon into well greased muffin tin. [I use an ice cream scoop.] If desired, top each muffin with 1 square of chocolate pushed into the batter. [There will be three squares left over for the cook!]
Bake for 25 minutes or until firm to the touch.
I’ll leave you with a picture of my “boys” George and EyeRa in a happier time: I am so grateful for the affection and friendship of my “furry” companions, but must admit it hurts when something happens to one of them!
UPDATE: a neighbour has confirmed that EyeRa was killed on the road behind our house yesterday – no doubt chasing a butterfly and not looking for cars. As always, we are blessed by the kindness of neighbours and friends who share in our sadness.