January 13, 2012

LSL {Foodie Friday} - Vanilla Pear Muffins

So happy it's finally Friday. This week has not only dragged but my work days have been on overload, I am so looking forward to relaxing with my TV friends this weekend. This Foodie Friday I was craving something sweet, but not in the chocolate cake kind of way, but in the muffin or tart kind of way. I was looking for something that had pears in it, to which I have been eating a lot of lately, but once ripe don't last for too long. Why not put them to good use in The Pastry Affair's Vanilla Pear Muffins.

Vanilla Pear Muffins

{Adapted from The Pastry Affair}
Yields 12 muffins

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 

Pinch of salt 

2 large eggs 

1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract 

1 tablespoon lemon (or orange) zest 

1 cup packed light brown sugar 

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 

1/4 cup vegetable oil 

1 cup unsweetened applesauce 

2 large ripe pears, thinly sliced 

Granulated sugar, for sprinkling

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.

3. In another bowl, mix together the eggs, vanilla, zest, brown sugar, butter, oil, and applesauce until well combined. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined; do not overmix. Distribute the muffin batter evenly between 12-13 baking cups. Stick 3 thin slices of pear directly into top of the muffin batter. Sprinkle granulated sugar onto the muffins, if desired.

4. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the muffin tops are lightly browned and bounce back to the touch. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Bon Appetit and Happy Weekend!


*Credit - Recipe and Photos via The Pastry Affair

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