Tuesday, March 15, 2011

TWD- Cherry Sunshine Muffins

Cherry Sunshine Muffins
I have a love hate relationship with muffins. They're so easy and quick to make, so flexible on ingredients. They're also usually so full of butter- and they taste so good. So yeah, we try to limit our muffin making but of course we loved these! Next time I'll sub in some whole wheat flour to make up for the butter. With some extra tart dried cherries and lots of citrus zest and juice (orange and lemon both), I don't think you'd really notice. The trick to muffins is just to handle the batter delicately and to make sure that you don't try to work out every single lump. And the actual hardest part? Don't eat too many- don't let the dried fruit fool you, they're chock full of butter (and SO good!) And since I can't leave well enough alone, I brushed them with butter right out of the oven and sprinkled them with sugar so they were a little sparkly.

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I'm super excited to have the chance to do another review for CSN Stores. I seem to always have furniture on my mind and love these gorgeous modern bar stools. Around here though it seems like baby step stools are more practical even if they aren't as pretty as that apple green cross-backed beauty above! As always though, kitchen stuff is on my mind. I've been trying to nicely steal my mom's immersion blender for ages and she's not budging (not fair considering I made her buy and fall in love with it in the first place!) My real hope is to finally get a grain mill. I've been mooching *I mean borrowing* my friends' Nutrimill when I make bread and I think it's about time, but I'm having a hard time committing to the cost! Suggestions anyone? Anyone of you have an love a Nutrimill? Fortunately they're all available on CSN Stores and I think it's going to be a win win, if I can ever decide!

PS Come back tomorrow for a nice, minty St. Patty's day treat!

14 comments:

Lauryn said...

they look gorgeous! That' my problem too - not eating all of them!! ha!

Jessica said...

Good idea with sprinkling the sugar on top for an extra sparkle! They look great! Dried cherries sound awesome. I used apricots... can't say that I've seen an actual currant yet!

Anonymous said...

Those look so good! Can you post the recipe?

Nicole said...

That was the first comment my husband made: they're really buttery! I just love how bright and cheerful they are. I think dried cherries was a good choice.

Flourchild said...

They look great! Im glad you enjoyed them!

cakeflower said...

Mmm...cherries. Next time. :) They look great!

Tia said...

CSN rocks! So do your muffins and your muffin tips.
Buttercreambarbie

cindy said...

My relationship with muffins seems to be just like yours. I need to get them out of the house quick!
This was one yummy muffin. Have a great day. Excited for your give away!

Pamela said...

Muffins are hard to keep my hands off of! They look great.

Katrina said...

I feel the same about muffins. I'd rather save the calories for cookies. ;)
Love the cherries!
I did use whole wheat pastry flour. They are good with it.

Chelsea said...

These sound really yummy! I have the same relationship with muffins... :)

steph- whisk/spoon said...

yes, muffins are deceiving in that buttery way! i don't have a nutmill, but wouldn't mind one either.

mike509 said...

How funny - I do the "sprinkle" technique with practically everything. What beautiful looking muffins (it's all that butter!). Cherries are a great addition - need to make note of that!

Mindy said...

I have a nutrimill and I absolutely love it! I honestly don't know how I lived without it. It's been so worth the cost for me. I think it's on sale at Shar's right now too...Good luck deciding! :)