Dried Tart Cherry and Almond Muffins

  • 6 Tbs. orange juice
  • 3/4 C dried tart cherries (about 4 ounces)

  • 1 C plus 2 Tbs. flour
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 7-ounce package almond paste, crumbled
  • 6 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted, hot
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 tsp. grated orange peel

Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 375. Spray 12 1/3-cup metal muffin cups with Pam. Bring juice to simmer in small saucepan. Remove from heat. Add cherries; let stand until softened, about 10 minutes.

Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat almond paste and melted butter in large bowl until well blended (mixture will still have some small pieces of almond paste). Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in cherry mixture and orange peel. Add flour mixture and mix just until blended.

Divide batter among prepared muffin cups. Bake until tester inserted into center of muffins comes out clean but slightly moist to touch, about 20 minutes. (Can be prepared 2 days ahead. Cool. Wrap muffins in foil and store at room temperature. Rewarm in foil in 350 oven 5 minutes.) Serve warm.

Date Added:January 01, 2002
Source:Bon Appetit
Meals:Breakfast, Brunch
Course:Main Course



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