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In celebration, I wanted to eat a bunch of baked goods but since I’m not drawing a paycheck this summer I needed to start to make my own. We had a pint of fresh cherries from the farmers’ market that I needed to get rid of, and I ran across this recipe and decided to go for it. I’m glad I did. They’re sweet without being too cake-y, and the crumb topping is excellent.

Cherry Muffins with Crumb Topping

(h/t What Did You Eat? ; Adapted from Food & Wine)

Yield 16-18 muffins

Ingredients

Crumb Topping

•    1 cup all-purpose flour
•    3 tablespoons light brown sugar
•    2 tablespoons granulated sugar
•    1 teaspoon baking powder
•    Pinch of salt
•    6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Muffins
•    1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
•    2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
•    1/2 teaspoon salt
•    1 cup granulated sugar
•    2 large eggs
•    1/2 cup canola oil
•    3/4 cup whole milk
•    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
•    1 1/2 cups pitted sweet cherries (try to use 2 cherries per muffin)

DIRECTIONS
1.    Preheat the oven to 375°. Line 18 muffin cups with paper or foil liners or spray 2 muffin tins with cooking spray.
2.    MAKE THE CRUMB TOPPING: In a medium bowl, combine the flour with the brown sugar, granulated sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir in the melted butter, then pinch the mixture until it forms pea-size clumps.
3.    MAKE THE MUFFINS: In a medium bowl, whisk the flour with the baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, eggs and canola oil and beat with a handheld electric mixer at low speed until combined. Beat in the whole milk and vanilla. Add the flour mixture all at once and beat at low speed until the batter is smooth. Stir in the cherries.
4.    Spoon the batter into 18 of the cups, filling them about three-quarters full. Sprinkle the crumb topping on top of each one and bake for about 30 minutes or until the muffins are golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Let the muffins cool in the pan for 10 minutes before serving.

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