So much of what I know about cooking and baking is from what I’ve learned from my mom, who is hands down one of the best cooks I’ve ever known. She has always taught me to cook with high-quality ingredients, to pay attention to detail and color, to take care of the people you love by feeding them something delicious and to remain ever curious in the kitchen. I have such fond memories associated with so many different recipes that I grew up with, this one included!
I remember waking up to the smell of sweet cinnamon and pear coming from the kitchen in the morning,knowing right away that it was going to be a good day.
The tops of these muffins are crispy, but the insides are moist and juicy because of the pear chunks. I have given these muffins to so many people and everyone pretty much dies of happiness. The other morning, I photographed my Mom as she made these for our family brunch.
What will you need?
2 cups peeled and chopped fresh pears
1 cup sugar, divided
1 stick butter, melted and cooled
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1.5 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder + 1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp hot melted butter
How do you make it?
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line your muffin tin with paper liners… we used environmentally-friendly ones! (Love the guilt-trip in the name of these… “If You Care”!)
In a large bowl, toss your chopped pears withe 3/4 cup sugar and set aside.
In a separate bowl, blend the cooled melted butter, eggs and vanilla extract.
In a third bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
Stir the egg mixture into the pears. Sprinkle the flour mixture over the pear mixture and stir to blend.
Spoon the mixture into your muffin cups and bake for 20 minutes, or until a test stick comes out clean. Cool on an oven rack.
In a small skillet, melt the remaining 3 tbsp of butter. On a small plate, combine the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar with the cinnamon.
Dip the top of each muffin into the melted butter and then immediately into the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
Serve warm… at brunch… with bacon.