Sunday, September 2, 2012

Ginger Pear Muffins

Just typing the name and seeing the picture of this muffin caused a reaction in my taste buds.  This moist, fruit-filled delight will cause a party in your mouth.

I bought a  lug of pears and have been keeping them in the refrigerator.  This keeps them from ripening at the same time.  Daily I reach in and pull out a pear to carry to work for a snack.  By the afternoon the pear has softened up to munch on.  These are Colorado pears and oh so delicious.

Yesterday I decided to make Ginger Pear Muffins.  This recipe is from Canadian and is a recipe I've made many times.  If I owned a bakery, I know these muffins would be a top seller.

Ginger Pear Muffins
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk *
2 cups chopped, peeled pears

1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 tsp. melted butter
1/4 tsp. ground ginger

*To make your own buttermilk, fill 1-cup measuring cup almost to the top.  Use white vinegar or lemon juice to make 1 cup.  This additional liquid is usually about 1 or 2 tsp.  Let the mixture set to make 'buttermilk'.

In bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, ginger, salt and cinnamon.

In separate bowl, whisk brown sugar with oil; whisk in egg and buttermilk.  Pour over dry ingredients; sprinkle with pears and stir just until dry ingredients are moistened.  Spoon into greased muffin pans.

To make the topping:  in bowl, combine brown sugar, butter and ginger; sprinkle over each muffin.

Bake in 350 degree preheated oven for about 25 minutes.

Enjoy these amazing muffins!

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