I’ve been on a bit of a ginger kick recently, putting it in everything from stir-fries to slices and now muffins! I wanted to make some muffins to take along to the football a few weekends back and I had some juicy, ripe pears sitting in my fruit bowl (which is actually a three-tiered cake stand, but that’s a little off topic!) so pear and ginger muffins it was!
Pear and ginger make such a delicious combo, and in my mind make these muffins a little fancier than the stock-standard banana or berry muffins I usually make (although they are delicious as well!). It’s safe to say they were quite the hit at the footy, although not magic enough to make up for the fact part of our football crew were rather sad to see their team eliminated. The muffins are good, but they can’t perform miracles!
Anyway, onto the recipe!
- 1 3/4 cups plain flour
- 2tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- Pinch of salt
- 2/3 cup brown sugar + 1tbs (separated)
- 2tsp ground ginger
- 1tbs grated fresh ginger
- 2/3 cup crystallised ginger + 1/4 cup (separated)
- 2 eggs
- 90g butter
- 1 cup milk
- 2 pears
- 2tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 210C
- Stir together first seven ingredients (plain flour through to fresh ginger)
- Roughly chop the 2/3 cup of crystallised ginger and add to the flour mix, stirring to combine
- In a separate bowl combine eggs, butter and milk and whisk together
- Create a well in the dry ingredients mix and pour in the egg mixture, folding to combine
- Dice the pears into small chunks and gently fold into the batter
- Spoon the mixture into 12 muffin tins
- Finely chop the remaining 1/4 cup of ginger and combine with the 1tbs of brown sugar and the cinnamon. Mix together well then sprinkle on top of the muffins
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, until lightly golden on top and cooked through
- Leave to cool for a few minutes in the tins, then transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling
The muffins are deliciously soft and moist inside thanks to the chunks of yummy pear, and then have a touch of crunch on top – the perfect combination in my books! They’re also super easy to whip up and you don’t even need to pull out the electric mixer so there’s very few dishes to have to deal with afterwards, which is always a selling point for me! My poor little apartment kitchen doesn’t cope well with too many dishes (or maybe that’s just me!).
It’s definitely nice to have another muffin recipe in my repertoire now because I don’t think there’s such a thing as too many muffins! Not when they are this tasty at least!
Have you been doing any baking lately? Fancy giving these pear and ginger muffins a go?
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