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Cherry Muffins with Graham Crumb Streusel

Cherry Muffins with Graham Crumb Streusel. Beautifully light vanilla and almond flavoured muffins with ripe cherries at the centre and a topping of crispy, buttery graham cracker crumb streusel. Delicious, impressive, and probably much easier than you think to prepare.

Cherry Muffins with Graham Crumb Streusel cut in half to show whole cherries in the centre

Cherry Muffins with Graham Crumb Streusel

Originally published June 2014.

Cherry muffins for brunch today? I’m always excited to see fresh, dark, sweet cherries in the produce section at the supermarket, especially when they are on sale. Bonus!

It’s hard to grow good cherries this far in the northeast. However,a couple of friends have supplied me with some small sweet cherries from their ever fruitful trees on occasion.

Cherry Muffins with Graham Crumb Streusel cooling on a wire rack

Cherry Muffins with Graham Crumb Streusel

I usually make cherry jam from those which is particularly good on our “old faithful” recipe for Sour Cream Custard Flan. From cherry cobbler to cherry cafloutis I can’t get enough of one of my favourite Spring fruits.

Preparing to add the cherriesEnsuring even cherry distribution is key.

Sunday brunch was on the agenda this weekend though and a new version of cherry muffins seemed to be a good idea to put these to good use.

I always obsess on getting an equal distribution of fruit in muffins. Often I find myself stealing a piece of apple or a few blueberries from the batter in one muffin cup to another to spread the wealth.

Adding the batter to the pans for cherry muffins

Add more batter after adding the cherries.

Since the cherries could be easily added to each muffin cup, I decided to make a bit of a thicker batter this time. That was to see if I could sort of suspend the cherries near the centre to form a sort of “fruit in the middle” type of cherry muffin.

Success! It worked perfectly.

Adding the crumb topping to the cherry muffins

Elevate muffins with a buttery streusel topping.

I am quite partial to a streusel topping on coffee cakes and muffins. Maybe it was because I was thinking of making a cherry cheesecake that the idea of adding a buttery streusel that included graham cracker crumbs occurred to me.

No matter why, it turned out to be delicious addition and gave a little extra crunch to the top of these scrumptious muffins. They turned out perfectly, were light but still dense enough not to collapse without the help of paper liners.

Wide shot photo of cherry muffins split in half to reveal the whole cherries inside

Cherry Muffins with Graham Crumb Streusel

At first sight these cherry muffins may seem a little complicated or intimidating. But, if you read the recipe instructions, they are actually quite easy to prepare.

My favourite kind of recipe.

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Cherry Muffins with Graham Crumb Streusel cut in half to show whole cherries in the centre
Yield: 12 muffins

Cherry Muffins with Graham Crumb Streusel

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Beautifully light vanilla and almond flavored muffins with ripe cherries at the center and a topping of crispy, buttery graham cracker crumb streusel. Delicious, impressive, and probably much easier than you think to prepare.

Ingredients

for the muffins

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract, optional
  • 24 fresh pitted cherries

For the graham crumb streusel

  • 1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter

Instructions

  1. For the muffin batter
  2. Grease a 12 muffin pan very well, including the top of the pan in case the batter blooms over the edges. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Sift together the flour and baking powder.
  4. Whisk together the sugar, oil, eggs and extract/s.
  5. Stir in the milk.
  6. Add the dry ingredients all at once and stir only until the flour is incorporated. Do not over-mix or your muffins risk becoming too dense. Some small lumps in the batter are perfectly fine.
  7. Fill the muffin pans half full with batter.
  8. Lay 2 cherries on top of the batter and spoon the remaining batter over the cherries.
  9. Top with the Graham Crumb Streusel.

For the graham crumb streusel

  1. Rub all of the ingredients together with your hands until the butter is fully incorporated into the dry ingredients and the mixture holds together when pressed together in fistfuls.
  2. Press the streusel together in small handfuls and break off small pieces about the size of the top of your little finger. Sprinkle them over the muffin batter in the pans.
  3. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the centers of the muffins spring back to the touch and a wooden toothpick inserted into the center turns out clean.
  4. Cool on a wire rack for about 15 minutes before attempting to remove them from the pan.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

1 muffin

Amount Per Serving Calories 293Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 42mgSodium 144mgCarbohydrates 43gFiber 1gSugar 22gProtein 4g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Dianne Foster

Tuesday 11th of May 2021

Cancan you use frozen cherries? Defrosted or frozen ? Thank you.

Ardina

Tuesday 11th of May 2021

Can you used canned cherries?

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Carmen

Thursday 20th of August 2020

I made these a couple of days ago. They were quick and easy to make. The only thing I did differently was changing up the fruit. I used the few cherries I had in a few muffins. I added blackberries to a few, blueberries to a few more and diced nectarine to the last few. All tasted great.

gail marks

Monday 17th of August 2020

I made three batches of these amazing muffins: cherries, strawberries (large berries were cut in half and fitted into batter opposite each other like shoes in a box - toe to heel and heel to toe) and wild blueberries. (Each batch of batter was made separately.) The graham streusel was tripled and for the last strawberry batch, I added 1/4 tsp cinnamon to the remaining streusel just to have a slight difference in flavour for the strawberries. They were gobbled up at the senior's card party and cottagers alike. I was wondering if this batter could be made for a 8"(9") x 8"(9") pan like your blueberry snack'n cake? I like how the thicker batter helps suspend the fruit.

Barry C. Parsons

Saturday 22nd of August 2020

Never tried that but I like the idea!

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