Chocolate chip and pear muffins
This recipe is the perfect treat for a fragant breakfast or afternoon tea delight.
A deliciously unfussy moist and tender muffin packed with the moisture and scent of pears, ginger, cardamom and cinammon.
A delight on its own and versatile to be easily addapted into a variety of savory or sweet muffins.
Renders 20-24 mid sized muffins
2 cups of all purpose flour
1 cup of cornmeal flour (you can substitute cornmeal for whole wheat flour or an additional cup of plain flour)
2/3 cups unpacked brown sugar. (white granulated sugar also works)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3 tbspn milk powder (optional)
1/2 teaspoon powder ginger
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground cinammon
3 large eggs
2 medium firm pears, peeled and grated so as to make a puree.
150 grs melted and cooled butter
1 tspn vainilla
3/4 cup buttermilk, (you can use cream, natural unflavored yoghurt or just milk)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Position rack in center of oven.
Place muffin paper cups and spray with vegetable oil.
In a large mixing bowl mix together all wet ingredients except butter.
In another large mixing bowl mix together all dry ingredients.
With a rubber spatula fold the wet ingredients, along with the melted butter, into the dry ingredients and stir only until the ingredients are combined. Do not over mix the batter or tough muffins will result. Even if you have some batter lumps, they will dissolve when baked.
Fill in the muffin cups with the batter only until 3/4 of their height.
Place in the oven and bake until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the muffin comes out clean.
Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool.
Optional> you can sprinkle the muffins with a mix of sugar and cinammon before placing the muffins into the oven.
For a savory muffin option substitute chocolate chips for same amount of parmessan cheese and do not use sugar.
Just two tips for a successfull muffin recipe:
Do not overmix ingredients
Once wet and dry ingredients are mixed, place muffins in the oven right away.
Additionaly, you can check my Corn muffin recipe and variations on this site.