This week’s muffin assignment was a chocolate chip muffin with a peanut butter swirl. Immediately my mouth started watering however, as you all know peanuts are a gigantic “NO!” in our house. So I started thinking about how I might adapt the recipe. As I scanned my cabinets and fridge, my first thought (as it so often is) was Nutella. But then I thought I would really like to use fruit of some type.
Oh how I love cherries! They’re my very favorite fruit and I can’t wait until they are in season again. I can remember as a child eating cherries, my fingers stained red by the juice. They are definitely one of Maddy’s top favorite fruits as well. So once my eyes landed on a jar of cherry preserves in the refrigerator it was a no brainer. That would be our luscious fruit swirl through a sea of chocolate chips all nestled in a moist buttermilk muffin. As I write this, these muffins have already disappeared. As quickly as I made them on Friday, they were devoured. I just made a half batch. You should make a full batch. They won’t go to waste, that’s for sure.
What fruit are you most looking forward to this season?
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One Year Ago: Chocolate Cheesecake
Chocolate Chip Cherry Swirl Muffins
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1 large egg
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup chocolate chips
3-4 Tablespoons cherry preserves (or other jam/preserve of your choosing)
– Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin pan with paper liners.
– Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
– In a smaller bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg and vanilla.
– Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir just until moistened.
– Fold in the chocolate chips.
– Fill each muffin cup 2/3 full (don’t overfill… I did and it wasn’t pretty)
– Dollop each muffin with preserves and use a knife to swirl the fruit through the muffin batter.
– Bake 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes and then remove to wire racks to cool completely.