It will come as no surprise that in order to make my pear pizza, I purchased more than just one pear, actually quite a few additional pears courtesy of Costco’s packaging. That’s how I found myself in the middle of last week staring at pears getting dangerously close to overriping and brainstorming what to bake with them. It had to be quick since it was a weekday, not require any ingredients not found in the kitchen, and be tasty enough to guarantee being eaten. Muffins seemed the right choice since who wouldn’t want to start their fall day with a deliciously spiced pear muffin? I had a hard time deciding how to sweeten them, and in the end I used this kitchn recipe as inspiration, but a maple syrup or honey version would be interesting to test out once I have more time.
Recipe notes: I went a little crazy with the spices since I like them all, but you can just pick your favorites, or none really. Almond flour is great in this muffins, but feel free to use more regular flour if needed, or a gluten free flour mix.
Ingredients (makes 12):
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 stick butter slightly softened
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup almond flour
- 2 tsps baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- ground spices: 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp cardamom, 1/4 tsp cloves, 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 cups diced pear (~ 2 pears)
- 1/2 cup roughly chopped pecans
- turbinado sugar
Preheat oven to 425 F. Line muffin pan with muffin liners.
Whisk together the flours, baking powder, salt and spices.
In a separate bowl, beat together the butter and the sugars using an electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs and whisk well after each one. Add vanilla and mix.
Add the flour mix alternating with the milk, 1/3 at a time. Mix until well incorporated.
Spoon muffin dough into the prepared muffin pan. Sprinkle some turbinado sugar on top.
Bake for ~25 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
Let them cool and enjoy for breakfast or an afternoon snack!
I am so happy I gave this muffins a try, they turned out delicious and smell incredible. A real treat on a cool fall morning…yes, even in LA it is cold in the mornings now!
Speaking of pears, I also gave this pear liqueur from chef mimi a try, using some rum we weren’t drinking instead of vodka. Very impatient to taste it in 4 – 6 weeks 😉