Thursday, June 11, 2009

Cherry Streusel Muffins

Beta Wife’s latest baking creation is one of my new favorite breakfast items ever in the whole world. With cherries coming into season, we’ve received a few pints from our CSA and, aside from some initial cocktail experimentation, all these delicious fresh cherries have really only had one purpose: streusel-topped muffins. I mean, muffins themselves are fairly boring baked goods. I don’t exactly jump up and down when I see muffins in a bakery. But these muffins…these muffins are special. When I said, “Beta Wife, I’d like some cherry muffins,” I was not expecting moist, fruity cake-like nuggets of baked bliss. And though the wife was reluctant to part with her magical recipe, I persuaded her that we could change thousands of lives. You’re welcome.

Cherry Streusel Muffins

1 cup white flour
¾ cups white wheat flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp cinnamon (or to taste)
1 egg, beaten
¾ cup milk
¼ cup vegetable oil
½-1 tsp vanilla extract
¼-½ tsp almond extract
about 1 cup fresh sweet cherries, pitted and coarsely chopped


3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp brown sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
1-½ Tbsp butter

For the streusel topping, mix the dry ingredients in a small bowl, then cut in the butter until coarse crumbs form. You can do this with your fingers, no problem.

1. Pre-heat oven to 400°. Line a muffin pan with cups or grease lightly. Set aside.
2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flours, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Make a well in the center and set aside.
3. In a separate bowl, combine the beaten egg, milk, oil, and vanilla & almond extracts. Add this to the dry mixture, stirring until just moistened (batter will still appear slightly lumpy – don’t worry!). Stir in the chopped cherries.
4. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups until each one is 2/3 full. Add streusel topping. Bake at 400° for about 17 minutes. Keep a close eye on them – they’re best if they don’t overbake.


  1. Yet another assault on my waistline from Alpha Cook & Beta Wife....

  2. Now those look GOOD!!!! I love the streusel topping

  3. I love anything with streusel - throw in some cherries and I'm really happy!

  4. Every time we get more cherries, I request these muffins. I never even used to like cherries. Streusel changes everything.