Saturday, April 13, 2013

Cherry Almond Muffins recipe by Bella Rose B&B

Cherry Almond Muffins
Posting a recipe on this little blog of mine is long overdue.  Sorry!  And, since I got a request this morning for this very one mentioned on Facebook, well, I thought why not just get to it...  It is yummy after all, and a good one to try for any morning breakfast treat, but especially for Sunday.  Which is tomorrow.  So, get shopping and be ready to go.  It will be worth it.  Just be sure to use all the cherry preserves to get enough of this very important flavor in each bite!

Thanks, Cathy, for spurring me on!  And, thanks to repeat guests, Jim and Diane for sharing.  It only took me 4 years to make them!


Cherry Almond Muffins (14 regular or 7 jumbo)

Batter ingredients:
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
1 egg
¾ c. sour cream
1 t. almond extract

Filling:
1 8oz. package cream cheese, softened
1 egg
¼ c. granulated sugar
½ t. vanilla extract
¾ c. cherry preserves, slightly warmed

Topping:
1/3 c. flour
2 T. granulated sugar
2 T. cold butter
1/3 c. chopped sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 350.

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.

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Cut in butter until it resembles coarse crumbs.  Separately whisk 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.  Bon Appetit!

MY NOTES:  After making these according to the directions, I would make the following changes next time:  Divide batter in ½ before putting in muffin cups.  Only add enough batter to fill approx. 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.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

"In Full Spring" at Bella Rose B&B

All joking aside, it is Spring, although the weather and the calendar aren't in agreement with one another here in Canandaigua, NY.  Winter, and everything that comes with it, is past and we are ready to take on a new season with gusto!  Vacation break in the sunny south is over, and we have tackled our winter "to do" list in earnest.  Carpets have been cleaned, everything that could be scrubbed and polished, has been, and painting, touched up.  The B&B looks brand new again, which is our annual goal.  Cushions have been "restuffed" for Ann Eliza's Suite loveseat, an antique chair has been reupholstered because, well, it just needed it.  We have also upgraded our flat-screen HDTV's in two rooms - Ann Eliza's Suite now has a big honkin' 37incher and Evie's Chamber has the 26incher from the suite.  We still have a couple of minor things to tend to before hitting the great outdoors, but the place looks great - if I do say so myself!  We have also added a couple new recipes to the rotation, one being bacon wrapped eggs in polenta that is just YUMMY.  So, we are ready!  Plan your visit to the beautiful Finger Lakes, Canandaigua, and Bella Rose B&B, SOON!  Spring has sprung!