Cherry Almond Muffinsposted by FLBBA on Thursday May 2nd 10:25am
Inn of the Week
Canandaigua, New York
1 ¾ c. flour
½ c. plus 1 T. granulated sugar
½ t. baking powder
½ t. baking soda
¼. t. salt
½ c. cold butter
¾ c. sour cream
1t. almond extract
1 8oz. package cream cheese, softened
¼ c. granulated sugar
½ t. vanilla extract
¾ c. cherry preserves, slightly warmed
1/3 c. flour
2 T. granulated sugar
2 T. cold butter
1/3 c. chopped sliced almonds
Make topping by mixing flour, sugar and cutting in butter until crumbly. Stir in almonds and set aside.
Make filling by beating (use a mixer) cream cheese, egg, sugar and vanilla. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 350. (14 regular or 7 jumbo)
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut in butter until it resembles coarse crumbs. Separately mix the egg, sour cream and almond extract until smooth, then add to flour mixture until moistened. Batter will be thick.
Grease regular-sized muffin tin, or if preferred, a jumbo muffin pan. Fill greased cups, ½ full with batter. Divide cream cheese filling and preserves evenly between muffin cups; swirl gently to combine. Cover with remaining batter. Sprinkle topping over. Bake for 30-35 minutes for jumbo pans; 20-25 minutes for regular pan. Cool five minutes before removing from pans.
MY NOTES: After making these according to the directions, I would make the following changes: Divide batter in ½ before putting in muffin cups. Only add enough batter to fill 1/3 of the cup, then make a depression in center of batter. Spoon in preserves. Add cream cheese in an even layer. Top with remaining batter, then crumbly topping, then bake. They are also good without adding a top layer of batter, just as long as you add a healthy portion of the crumbly topping to insulate cream cheese layer. I made regular-sized muffins and got 12, not 14.