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Muffin Mondays | Cherry Sour Cream Muffins

Cherry sour cream muffins. Juicy, sweet, nutty. The sour cream gives them a richness that almost tastes like cheesecake. The muffin is loaded with ripe cherries that bleed sweet fruit juice with each bite. I used half almond meal and half flour to create a light crumbly texture that is buttery and luscious.

I topped a few with a brown sugar almond meal crumble, I topped some with toasted sliced almonds and the others I left simple and unadorned. I loved the varitety.

Enjoy summer cherries in muffin form!

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recipe below…


Recipe adapted from Food & Wine


1/4 cup light brown sugar

1/4 cup almond meal

1 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened


1 cup plus all-purpose flour

1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon almond meal

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 large egg

3/4 cup sugar

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

1 rounded cup sour cream

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

3/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

1 cup fresh cherries, pitted and sliced

Preheat the oven to 375°. In a medium bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, butter and cinnamon. Rub with your fingers to form coarse crumbs. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Butter a 12-cup muffin pan. In a medium bowl, whisk the 1 1/2 cups of flour with the baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, using a handheld mixer, beat the egg at medium speed until frothy. Add the sugar and melted butter and beat until pale yellow, 1 minute. Beat in the sour cream, vanilla and lemon zest until blended. Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until almost blended. In a bowl, toss the cherries with the remaining 1 tablespoon of almond meal. Using a rubber spatula, fold the blueberries into the batter.

Fill the muffin cups three-fourths full of batter and sprinkle with the topping. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove the muffins from the pan and let cool on a rack.

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  • Olga @ MangoTomato
    July 2, 2012

    LOVE cherries, sweet or sour, can eat them in huge amounts. These muffins look so delicious and I like how you described the fruit bleeding with juice 😉

  • I need to get my sour cherry situation on! I dig the almond meal topping.

  • Esi
    July 2, 2012

    These look so good. A little obsessed with cherries right now.

  • anabolics online
    July 3, 2012 is the perfect blog for anyone who wants to know about this topic. You know so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I really would want…HaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a subject thats been written about for years. Great stuff, just great!

  • Baking Serendipity
    July 3, 2012

    I love cherries! And these muffins look fantastic!

  • ML - 20YS
    July 6, 2012

    Wow, I love love cherries but never thought of putting them on muffins!

    What a great recipe and fantastic blog! Found you coz I was googling Filipino food!


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  • Amy
    June 30, 2013

    Amazing recipe. I used yogurt instead of sour cream and sour cherries. Oh and walnut meal(bc that’s all I had). The fam gobbled them right up! Thanks for sharing!!!

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