Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Pear Muffins w/ Cinnamon Crumble

These muffins were by far the best I've ever made!  The. Best.  They were so moist and fluffy and the pears with the cinnamon crumble on top was amazing.  I was in the mood to bake something Saturday afternoon and after making brownies earlier in the week I decided to make something a little healthier - muffins for the following week!  I asked Corey what kind he wanted and he suggested pear since we had some sitting on the kitchen table.  I had never come across a recipe for Pear Muffins, so I decided to do a search on Pinterest.  Second thing that came up was these muffins!  They come via pinterest from the Frosted Bake Shop blog.  We seriously loved these!  I followed the recipe pretty close below, decided to go with the all purpose flour, etc. and they did not disappoint.  The recipe yielded 18 muffins for me.
3 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp. salt
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tablespoon vanilla
2/3 cup vegetable oil (didn't have so I used 1/3 c olive oil & 1/3 c vegetable oil spread)
2 eggs
approximately 1/2 cup milk
2 cups peeled and diced pears

Crumb topping:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/4 cup cubed butter
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and spray muffin tins with cooking spray or use muffin liners.

Combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Place vegetable oil into a 2 cup measuring cup, add the eggs and then add enough milk to take it up to 2 cups (if you don't have a 2 cup measuring cup, then half the oil, eggs and milk into a 1 cup measuring cup.) Mix the flour mixture with the oil mixture, then add in the vanilla and pears.

In a medium bowl, mix the crumb topping ingredients and cut with a fork until the butter is in very small pieces. This works best when the butter is still a little bit cold, if it is too warm it will just mush with pressure from the fork.

Fill the muffin tins almost to the top and the sprinkle with the crumb topping mixture. Bake for 15 minutes and check them with a toothpick.  Mine ended up taking about 18-20 minutes, make sure not to over bake.

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