Cherry & Almond Muffins

IMG_0201Cherries are one of them summer fruits that are only available for a short period of time. The sweet and juicy fruit are amzing on a hot day.

This recipe combines cherries with ground almonds in a muffin version of a cherry bakewell.

Almond muffin  with fresh cherries and a cherry jam centre, topped with an almond streusel.

As you bite into these incredibly soft muffins you get a hit of freshness from the fresh cherries, the lovely gooeyness from the jam and a slight crunch from the streusel topping. It really does taste just like a cherry bakewell.

The ground almonds make this muffin incredibly soft. they’re so easy to make and a perfect summers treat.

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Cherry & Almond Muffins

Oven -180c

Makes 6 large muffins

 

Ingredients:

  • 100g ground almonds
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 100g butter
  • Few drops almond extract
  • 1 tbsp. milk
  • 150g cherries, stoned and quartered
  • Cherry jam

Streusel topping:

  • 25g ground almonds
  • 25g plain flour
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 25g butter

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Method:

  1. First make the streusel – stir the dry ingredients together until combined. Rub the butter in until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Set aside.
  2. For the muffins – combine the ground almonds, caster sugar and eggs. Whisk until a thick paste.
  3. In a separate bowl, cream the butter until soft and creamy.
  4. Add the butter into the almond mixture and mix thoroughly.
  5. Add the flour, milk and almond extract and combine.
  6. Stir through the cherries until evenly distributed.
  7. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases until half full.
  8. Add a teaspoon of cherry jam then cover with the rest of the muffin mixture.
  9. Place a handful of the streusel mixture on top of the muffins until completely covered.
  10. Bake in the oven for 20-25 mins until toothpick comes out clean.
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