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2022 September 1

Pear muffins

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Our Seckel pear tree has started producing fruit for this year, and there is far more than I could ever eat.  Most end up getting eaten by various insect pests (we refer to those as “friendly fruit”) and a lot get bruised falling from the tree, ending up in the compost.  I think that gophers eat the ones in the compost, as they seem to disappear within a day and there are large tunnels through the compost now.

Tonight, to use up some of the bounty, I decided to make pear muffins.  The recipe is based on the buttermilk muffin recipe in Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, somewhat modified as I have no buttermilk.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease 2 muffin tins (for a dozen muffins).

Mix dry ingredients:

2½ cups whole-wheat pastry flour
½ cup packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Mix wet ingredients in separate bowl:

2 eggs lightly beaten
⅔ cup yogurt
⅔ cup milk
⅓ cup melted butter
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup finely diced pears (the Seckel pears are somewhat mushy, so this may not really be feasible)

Stir the wet and dry ingredients together to get a somewhat lumpy batter with no pockets of flour.

Spoon the batter into the muffin tins to the top. Bake until browned and well-risen (about 25 minutes).

They came out looking and tasting good, but we really didn’t use up many pears to make a whole lot of muffins.

The dozen muffins cooling on the racks.

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