Friday, 2 January 2009

Tyler Florence's Cherry-Poppy Seed Muffins

It's all about the planning ahead.
Deciding that I was going to be far too tired to make breakfast on New Year's morning, I made a batch of Tyler Florence's Cherry-Poppy Seed Muffins to greet us in the New Year.
Simple and delicious, they were great to wake up to with our morning coffee. After which, of course, we promptly fell back asleep. We are definitely getting too old to stay up past midnight.
They were moist and had great flavour, the only things I would change would be to use paper liners - mine stuck on my old and abused muffin tin, and I might turn the heat down a touch - I think my oven runs hot sometimes. They were definitely cooked by the 20 minute mark.
I put brown sugar on the tops rather than white - just because I felt like it. It doesn't form a crust but it sure is tasty!

Cherry-Poppy Seed Muffins - Tyler Florence, Real Kitchen
Makes 12
1/2 cup/1 stick unsalted butter, melted, plus more for greasing the pan
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar, plus more for dusting the top
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tbsp poppy seeds
Zest of 1 orange
1 cup dried cherries
Preheat the oven to 400f. Grease a standard 12-cup muffin tin, preferably nonstick, with butter. In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together until evenly combined. IN another bowl, whisk together the milk and eggs; then add the melted butter, poppy seeds, and oranges zest. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients into the well; fold everything together to form a batter. Toss the cherries with some flour to help prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the muffin when baked, and then fold them into the batter. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tins, filling them two-thirds full. Dust the surface of the batter with a little sugar to form a crust as the muffins bake. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a wooden toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center muffin. Place the muffin tin on a cutting board to cool.


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