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Ever since Panera discontinued their Cherry-Vanilla Bagels from their seasonal menu, I've been suffering serious withdrawl symptoms. I needed some kind of cherry-vanilla fix so I decided to come up with my own dessert to satisfy my cravings.
2 cups of flour
1/2 cup of brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick of butter melted and cooled
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons of vanilla*
1 cup of dried cherries
some brown sugar & sliced almonds for sprinkling
*use high-quality vanilla. This is a lot and any of that alcohol stuff you get
at the supermarket just won't cut it.
Yield: 1-1/2 dozen mini muffins or 1 dozen larger muffins
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Then add brown sugar and and dried cherries and mix into the dry ingredients.
Add the 2 eggs, sour cream, melted butter and vanilla to the dry mixture. Mix thoroughly until you get a nice thick batter.
Scoop large spoonfuls of batter into cupcake liners. I made 18 mini muffins but 12 larger muffins would work better. Sprinkle each with brown sugar and some sliced almonds. Bake in the preheated oven for 18-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.