Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Cherry Muffins

So here is my first attempt at designing a baking recipe from scratch. I wanted to make something with the pound and half of cherries I bought from some dude on the corner in South Central. I decided to make a loaf cake and some muffins. Because really, a muffin is just a cake in disguise. I love the taste of cheesecake and cherries, so I got a little imaginative and mixed in a simple cheesecake batter into the cake batter to see what would happen! Well, the cake turned out really tasty, but a tad dry and heavy. Also the cheese mixture wasn't distinct within the cake like I hoped it would be. Next time I'm going to use a little less cheese, and cream it in with the batter. Also I think the batter needs more milk. It was still very tasty and the muffins were definitely better than the loaf.

For the cake batter:
1/2 cup soft butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup milk
1 tb vanilla

For the cherry cheese mixture;
3/4 cup cream cheese, soft
1/3 cup sugar + 2 tb
1 egg
1 1/2 cups cherries, pitted and chopped into pieces

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Ensure all ingredients are at room temperature.
2. Butter and flour either 2 9 inch loaf pans or 2 12-muffin trays.
3. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Stir the vanilla into the milk.
4. Using the paddle attachment, cream the butter with the sugar for the cake batter. Beat in the eggs one at a time, at low speed, scraping the bowl after each addition.
5. Stir in half of the flour mixture, followed by half of the milk mixture. Add the remaining flour, then the remaining milk.
6. Scrape the batter into a bowl and set aside.
7. Using the paddle attachment, cream the cheese with the second measurement of sugar, then add the egg.
8. Stir in the cherries.

Mix together the two batters by gently folding. Place batter in prepared pans and bake in the oven, rotating once halfway through the baking time. Bake the loafs for approximatly 45 minutes and the muffins for approximately 15 minutes.

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