Cherry Sultana and Lime Muffins

My Favourite Muffins

Cherry Sultana and Lime Muffins myfavoritepastime.com_3180_2I have just finished my dinner of roasted butternut squash with butter and brown sugar. It tasted so good, I am gonna do it all over again during Thanksgiving, on Monday 13 October. Oh yes, US buddies, Canadian Thanksgiving is on Monday. Now I wish I could just flop on the bed and call it a day, but then I promised I would do this post tonight and I have to try and keep to my 2014 resolutions.

Cherry Sultana and Lime Muffins myfavoritepastime.com_3183I have done really well with my 2014 resolutions, except losing that weight around my waistline…ouch. Every time I look in the mirror. I grimace and promise to try harder. I made these cherry and lime muffins two weeks ago. In fact I think the whole of September was spent cooking for the category “Cakes”. I also have that category, “vegetables” that has been dormant for a long time. I think it’s time to revive it; maybe it will help me achieve “my cut down the waistline goal”. I hope you are having good times wherever you are. I wish you all the best in everything you’re doing right now! Now for the recipe…

  • Ingredients for muffins
  • 250g (8.8oz; 2 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 10ml (2 teaspoons) baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 small lime rinds (zest)
  • 180g (6.3oz; ¾ cup) sugar 
  • 120ml (½ cup) buttermilk
  • 60ml (¼ cup) vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup glace cherries, chopped
  • ½ cup sultanas or raisins

Cherry Sultana and Lime Muffins myfavoritepastime.com_4879Please always assemble all ingredient before you start

  • Ingredients for Streusel Topping
  • 60g (¼ cup fully cup packed) brown sugar
  • 20g (2 tablespoons) all-purpose flour
  • 25g (1oz; ¼ cup) rolled oats
  • 30g (1oz; 2 tablespoons) unsalted butter

Cherry Sultana and Lime Muffins myfavoritepastime.com_4865Ingredients for Streusel Topping.

IMG_4868Streusel Topping: combine brown sugar, flour, and oats together in a bowl. Rub in butter

Cherry Sultana and Lime Muffins myfavoritepastime.com_4902until it resembles a crumble mixture. Set aside.

Cherry Sultana and Lime Muffins myfavoritepastime.com_4882Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Make a well in the centre.

Cherry Sultana and Lime Muffins myfavoritepastime.com_4883Whisk together the lime rind, sugar, buttermilk, vegetable oil and eggs, in a separate bowl.

Cherry Sultana and Lime Muffins myfavoritepastime.com_4886Pour the buttermilk-egg mixture into the well

Cherry Sultana and Lime Muffins myfavoritepastime.com_4890and mix until just combined.

Cherry Sultana and Lime Muffins myfavoritepastime.com_4892 Fold in the cherries and sultanas or raisins.

Cherry Sultana and Lime Muffins myfavoritepastime.com_4897Spoon mixture evenly into prepared muffin pan and top the streusel evenly over the muffins. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes before transferring onto the cooling rack.

Cherry Sultana and Lime Muffins myfavoritepastime.com_3179The muffins were crunchy on top and soft on the inside.

Cherry Sultana and Lime Muffins myfavoritepastime.com_3177We enjoyed eating them!

Cherry Sultana and Lime Muffins

Preparation time: 30 minutes; Baking time: 20-25 minutes; Makes: 12 muffins

Ingredients

For Muffins

  • 250g (8.8oz; 2 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 10ml (2 teaspoons) baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 small lime rinds (zest)
  • 180g (6.3oz; ¾ cup) sugar 
  • 120ml (½ cup) buttermilk
  • 60ml (¼ cup) vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup glace cherries, chopped
  • ½ cup sultanas or raisins

For the streusel topping

  • 60g (¼ cup fully cup packed) brown sugar
  • 20g (2 tablespoons) all-purpose flour
  • 25g (1oz; ¼ cup) rolled oats
  • 30g (1oz; 2 tablespoons) unsalted butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Grease a medium 12-cup muffin tin with oil or coat with non-stick spray.
  2. Streusel Topping: combine brown sugar, flour, and oats together in a bowl. Rub in butter until it resembles a crumble mixture. Set aside.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Make a well in the centre.
  4. Whisk together the lime rind, sugar, buttermilk, vegetable oil and eggs, in a separate bowl.
  5. Pour the buttermilk-egg mixture into the well and mix until just combined. Fold in the cherries and sultanas or raisins. Spoon mixture evenly into prepared muffin pan and top streusel evenly over the muffins. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes before transferring onto the cooling rack.

Points to Note:

  • Please note that oven temperatures are given as a guideline only. You may need to add or reduce the suggested temperatures depending on your oven. I baked the muffins at 400°F (200°C) for 20 minutes.
  • I always weigh ingredients, especially the flour and butter. You can use cup measures, but please note if you scoop flour directly from the bag you will end up with 150-185 g of flour instead of the recommended 125g. I suggest you spoon the flour into the cup, heaping it up over the top, then slide a knife across the top to level off the extra. Be careful not to shake or tap the cup to settle down the flour or you will have more than you need. You can also sift the flour firstthen scoop. My best advice: please use a weighing scale.

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Author: Liz

I love everything food: eating, cooking, baking and travelling. I also love photography and nature.

32 thoughts

  1. Oh delish! Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy you long holiday weekend. My cake baking has been busy lately too, still one to come with Jack’s birthday next weekend. Autumn veggies are great though too so enjoy it all!

    1. Thank you, Mama D, thanksgiving was great. Lots of turkey and a delicious cheesecake for dessert. i hope you’ll post Jacks birthday cake. I hope he enjoyed his birthday!
      Liz

    1. Ralph, everything I cook tastes great, I assure you (LOL). would you like to taste some? Do you still have your three course meals? my warm regards to the lady who makes them!
      Liz

  2. How in the world could you ever lose weight, with all the wonderful foods you make and have in your house?! These muffins have such an interesting, and unusual, combo of flavors!

  3. So….tomorrow I am going grocery shopping and I think these muffins are going to appear the next day – in readiness for Thanksgiving Monday. I’m a big fan of lime in anything! I really like streusel toppings on muffins. Today I had lunch out with a friend and we each had a carrot and pepper soup made with coconut milk. Reminded me of your recipe Liz! Todays version was a little extra spicy hot so I enjoyed a Chai tea latte with it to cool off my mouth! But what I wanted to say was we also had a muffin that looked similar to this but had cranberries and lime in them with a streusel topping! So good, and moist. I am going to try this recipe. Hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving weekend and get the chance to go crunch some leaves outdoors! PS: our weather has been like summer still and on Tuesday, I looked down to the harbour and someone was in swimming! Hard to believe it’s autumn.

    1. Hi Sandy,
      Some people are hardcore..swimming at this time of the year? not for me. I used to shower with cold water some years back. Someone said it makes you stay younger (the things we do or try to do to keep young….hilarious).
      Carrot and pepper sounds delicious. I am making butternut, carrot and sweet potato soup combo today. I can’t wait to sit down and slurp it all up. It has gotten quite cold here. It freezes overnight. I don’t feel like waking up in the mornings anymore. Takes so much effort. Happy baking. I hope you’ll love the muffins. Have a fantastic weekend and Happy Thanksgiving!
      liz

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