These past few weeks have been a blur and to top it all off, I’m starting to get sick. Who gets sick in June? I guess I do. And when you have a sick child in the house it’s kind of inevitable that someone else gets sick and it’s usually me.
Thank goodness I had already baked these cherry chocolate hazelnut muffins to keep me company this weekend as I was running around like a madwoman. Whoever invented the muffin is a genius. I mean, you get so much baked deliciousness in a little compact muffin.
What could be better?
My family and I love cherries so I’m thrilled that the theme for Twelve Loaves this month is cherries! So I pitted these babies by hand . . with a plastic straw and ended up with these lovelies.
It took a lot of strength not to just eat this entire bowl. . but I resisted and these all went into my batter. And ever since making this orange and hazelnut cake from Paul Lowe’s cookbook, Eat and Make, I’ve been in love with hazelnut flour. So so good. So, of course I had to mix some into my muffin batter as well.
These muffins are bursting with sweet, juicy cherries, hazelnut flour and significant semi-sweet chocolate chunks. They were so delicious and served as my weekend treats as I carried these around with me all weekend. You need to bake these muffins!
Cherry Chocolate Hazelnut Muffins
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 heaping cup hazelnut meal/flour or finely ground hazelnuts
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- a pinch salt
- 2 1/2 cups sweet cherries pitted
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks or morsels
- Special equipment suggested: a cookie scoop
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line your muffin tin with paper or silicone cupcake or muffin cups.
- Using a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, eggs, and the vanilla. Add the melted butter and the buttermilk and whisk again.
- Using a separate large mixing bowl, combine the flour, hazelnut flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix with a whisk to remove any lumps. Add the cherries and toss to coat.
- Pour the dry flour/cherry mixture into the wet ingredients, and mix well. Lastly, mix in the chocolate chips and using either two spoons or a cookie scoop, fill the muffin wells with the batter and bake for about 25 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer to a rack to cool for about 5-10 minutes.
Recipe adapted from chocolateandzucchini.com.
#TwelveLoaves June = Cherries!! The month of May was filled with lovely onion breads! We have chosen cherries for our June theme. Choose a recipe including cherries (fresh, dried, canned, jam, or preserves). Whatever you bake, (yeasted, quick bread, crackers, muffins, braids, flatbreads, etc.) have fun and let’s have a delicious month of baking with cherries. Let’s get baking!
- Buns with Cherries and Beetroot wrapped in Bacon from Luisa of Rise of the Sourdough Preacher
- Cherry-Almond Focaccia from Lora of Cake Duchess
- Cherry Almond Sweet Rolls from Renee of Magnolia Days
- Cherry Almond Twists from Dionne of Try Anything Once Culinary
- Cherry English Muffins from Karen of Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Cherry Chocolate Hazelnut Muffins from Alice of Hip Foodie Mom
- Cherry Cream Cheese Danish from Heather of girlichef
- Cherry Oatmeal Muffins from Kathya of Basic N Delicious
- Cherry Quick Bread from Holly of A Baker’s House
- Cherry Sweet Bread Twist from Stacy of Food Lust People Love
- Cherry Swirl Overnight Sweet Rolls from Donna of Cookistry
- Double Cherry Muffins from Liz of That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Gluten Free Cherry Almond Muffins with Streusel Topping from Sherron of Simply Gourmet
- Dried Cherry and Mahlab Scones from Felice of All That’s Left Are the Crumbs
- Sweet Cherry Rolls with Almond Cream Cheese Glaze from Renee of Kudos Kitchen by Reneé
If you’d like to add your bread to the collection with the Linky Tool this month, here’s what you need to do!
1. When you post your Twelve Loaves bread on your blog, make sure that you mention the Twelve Loaves challenge in your blog post; this helps us to get more members as well as share everyone’s posts. Please make sure that your bread is inspired by the theme!
2. Please link your post to the linky tool at the bottom of my blog. It must be a bread baked to the Twelve Loaves theme.
3. Have your Twelve Loaves bread that you baked this June, 2014, and posted on your blog by June 30, 2014.
#TwelveLoaves is a monthly bread baking party created by Lora from Cake Duchess. #TwelveLoaves runs smoothly with the help of our friends. And a BIG huge special thanks to the wonderful Renee Dobbs and Liz Berg for their help this month!
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