Pears and walnuts pair up so well together! Anjou or Bartlett pears work well for this recipe. Adapted from Cooking Light magazine(Jan/2006). Enjoy!
- 1⁄2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1⁄3 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 2⁄3 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 (8 ounce) carton plain yogurt (or vanilla if you like, experiment!)
- 1 large egg
- 1 1⁄2 cups finely diced peeled pears
- cooking spray
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ginger powder
- Preheat oven to 400*F.
- Place walnuts in a food processor, process until finely ground.
- Gently spoon flours into dry measuring cups, level with knife. Mix flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl, stir well with a whisk. Stir in ground walnuts. Make a well in center of mixture.
- Combine brown sugar, oil, vanilla, yogurt and egg in a small bowl, add to the flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Fold in diced pear.
- Spoon the batter into 15 muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Mix together sugar, cinnamon and ginger powder in a small bowl. Sprinkle batter with cinnamon/ginger sugar. Bake at 400*F. for 20 minutes or until muffins spring back when touched lightly in center. Remove from pans right away. Place on wire rack. Serve either warm or at room temperature. Enjoy1.
I love when you can get a wonderful tasting muffin while using healthier ingredients. This muffin recipe is a winner. I loved the moistness of the muffins and the flavors were perfect. Thank you!
These are such a welcome trea this time of year using winter pears. I didn't bother pealing the pears either. Left the delicious brown skins right on. I also used coarsely chopped toasted almonds in place of the walnuts. I got 12 nice size muffins. I like using just 2 T. of oil too. Makes em a little more LF than a normal muffin and the vanilla yogurt was a welcome addition for perfect moistness. Made in memory of Sharon's DH in KK's forum.
My boss has a pear tree. He brought in a bushel of pears to the office. I brought a dozen home. I ate a few of them and it wasn't until I found this recipe that I figured out what to do with some of the other pears. I doubled the batch & used the vanilla yogurt. They are fantastic. I froze some so they would not disappear immediately.The most moist & delicious muffins ever.