The cherries are lucky I didn't just throw them in a cobbler, frankly. It was so tempting.
These muffins... were not what I expected. Maybe that's because I messed up. Well. Almost definitely because I messed up, honestly. Let's be fair. Where did I go wrong? I'll let you head over to Tastorama first, so you can see what I thought I was going to be making.
Aren't they pretty?
At this point, I realized I shouldn't have chopped the cherries. But it was too late to fix that, so I just kept going until I had put the whole bag in. Mama Bird and I had an interesting conversation right about this point.
Mama: "Wow, that's... pink. How many cherries did you put in?"
Me: "Two cups..."
Mama: "Really? That bag was only two cups of cherries?"
Me: "Well, it was 16 ounces."
Me: "Well, 8 ounces is a cup, so 16 ounces should have been two cups. So I didn't measure, I just put them all in."
I was feeling very smug right then. I could do basic math, I knew a lot of conversions, and I had saved myself from having to wash a measuring cup. A complete victory, right?
Mama Bird then pointed out a few important things to me. 1) Two cups of chopped cherries and two cups of whole cherries are very different amounts. 2) Most objects aren't exactly 8 ounces to a cup, that's just a generally accepted conversion.
So. I had a lot of extra cherry flavor in these.
And my cutting board vaguely reminded me of a scene from Dexter.
They looked... sickly when they came out of the oven. There's really no other word for it. I was quite upset about it, because I am far too cheap to throw away muffins.
Oh. Did I mention I burned them slightly? Not really burned, but they were browned on the bottom, and I would always rather under-bake something. I've been on a streak of over-baking, it would seem...
But, honestly, they aren't actually bad. The flavor is very cherry-ful. Mama Bird is a fan of them, so not all is lost. They also freeze wonderfully, so my dream of eating muffins for breakfast every day continues. Next up will be a banana-strawberry muffin, but before I post them I'll have to share what else I made last week, and my mother's day gift to Mama Bird!
Recipe from Tastorama
(Makes 24 muffins, with 136 calories and $0.19 per muffin.)
- Preheat oven to 385.
- Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in one bowl.
- In separate bowl, whisk together sugar, oil, vanilla, egg, and yogurt.
- Add the wet ingredients to dry, then fold in cherries.
- Scoop batter into muffin pan.
- Bake for 25 minutes.
- 8 ounces is not always a cup.
- Not all fruit in muffins is diced.
- Measuring chopped fruit and whole fruit is very important.