Sour Cherries: A Tart, Tasty Michigan Treat

A front view of The Cherry Hut in Beulah, Mich.

hide captionA front view of The Cherry Hut in Beulah, Mich.

Photos Courtesy Cherry Hut Products
Umbrella tables on the Cherry Hut's patio.

hide captionThe Cherry Hut's patio. Don't try this in mid-winter!

Sour cherries are one of summer's great delights. They will be ripe and ready in just a few weeks. But unless you live in Michigan, where most are grown, they can be difficult to locate.

One place you can certainly track them down is The Cherry Hut in Beulah, Mich. It opened in 1922 as a pie shack. Now it's a full-service restaurant, with plenty of tart cherries on the menu.

Brenda and Leonard Case own The Cherry Hut. Brenda Case tells Debbie Elliott about her business... and how sour cherries have made their way into ground beef, too.

Recipe: The Cherry Hut's Tart Cherry Muffins

The Cherry Hut's sign.

hide captionScrutiny of The Cherry Hut's slightly faded sign reveals that the business started more than 80 years ago.

Courtesy Cherry Hut Products

Before you start, please note that this recipe makes four dozen muffins. That's a lot of tart!

6 cups flour

1 1/2 cup sugar

3 Tbsp baking powder

3/4 tsp. salt

2 Tbsp. cinnamon

3 eggs, beaten well

3/4 cup oil

3 1/2 cups milk

4 cups tart cherries, pitted and chopped

Mix wet and dry ingredients together. Add cherries. Pour into muffin pans with paper liners. Place 1 Tbsp of topping mixture (recipe below) on each muffin. Bake at 350 degrees for 18 minutes. (Makes 48 muffins. )

For the topping:

1 1/2 cups soft margarine

1 Tbsp. cinnamon

2 cups brown sugar

3 cups flour

Beat with hand mixer until moist.

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