August 27, 2007

Pear Ginger Muffins





Ingredients:

2 pears, diced (about 2 cups, I used Scarlet pears)
1 3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup sour cream (reduced fat is okay)
2 tbsp butter, melted and cooled
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
2 inch knob fresh ginger, grated*
2 eggs

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375. Line or grease and flour 12 wells in a standard muffin tin. In a large bowl, mix together sour cream, sugar, eggs and melted butter. Stir in ginger. In a separate bowl, whisk together the spices, baking powder and flour. Add to the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly. Fold in pears. Distribute evenly between the wells. Bake 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the center muffin comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.

*I like to grate it right over the bowl when I go to add it, so I don't lose any of the juices or bits of ginger.



My thoughts:
We recently bought a huge amount of pears for anther project and I noticed that two were getting near over-ripe so I thought, why not make muffins? I am not sure if I have even eaten a pear muffin before, but it was the perfect choice-light, fluffy and full of pure ginger and pear flavor.

11 comments:

  1. I don't think I have had a pear muffin before either. This combination sounds wonderful.

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  2. Oh I love the sound of this I have been meaning to try the combo of rhubarb and ginger recently maybe I will have to add pear to the list.

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  3. A quick question: Do you peel the pears or leave the skin on?

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  4. Mmmm, I like the sound of pear muffins, I'll have to give these a try. Great blog by the way:)

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  5. How original! The pear and ginger sound like a great combo!

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  6. Pear and ginger! What an unusual combination. It sounds wonderful, however. I'll give this a try.

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  7. Can you use asian pears in this recipe? Do the pears need to be super ripe? This recipe sounds so yummy!

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  8. I think Asian pears would work fine, and mine were slightly underripe, ripe or just under would be okay too.

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  9. I have a pear tree in my backyard and we always end up with too many pears! I have several recipes for pear breads/muffins, and I love them all. None call for ginger though, so I'll have to try this one. It sounds divine!

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  10. Pears! Now that's something I need to try in a muffin! Great idea!

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