These tasty muffins complement any meal.
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 3/4 cup granulated sugar
• 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
• 1 tablespoon baking powder
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon cherry juice
• 1 cup milk
• 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
• 1 egg, slightly beaten
• 1/2 cup dried tart cherries
• 3 tablespoons grated orange peel
Combine flour, sugar, poppy seeds, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add milk, melted butter and egg, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Gently stir in cherries and orange peel. Fill paper-lined muffin cups 3/4 full.
Bake in a preheated 400-degree oven 18 to 22 minutes, or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan 5 minutes. Remove from pan and serve warm or let cool completely. makes 12 muffins
TIP - Tuck packages of dried tart cherries into lunch boxes. They make a great low-fat snack for kids and adults.