Pear-Granola Muffins

The recipe calls for D’Anjou pears, I used Bartlett and Bosc. I topped the muffins with additional granola, instead of the topping. My family thought that the muffins would have benefitted from the sweetness of the alternative topping. This recipe is from Everyday Food.

For Muffins:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 D’Anjou pears (2 cups), peeled (optional) and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 3/4 cup plain granola (I used Nature’s Path Organic Ancient Grains Granola.)

For Granola Crisp Topping: (or use an additional 3/4 cup plain granola)

  • 1/2 cup granola
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a 12-cup standard muffin tin with paper liners; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, brown sugar, yogurt, and butter. Make a well in the center of flour mixture. Add egg mixture to well, and mix in flour mixture until just combined. Gently fold in the granola and pears.
  3. Make Granola Crisp Topping: In a bowl, toss together 1/2 cup granola, 1/4 cup each all-purpose flour and packed light-brown sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cut 3 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter into pieces; add to granola mixture, and rub in with fingertips until clumps form.
  4. Divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling each 3/4 full. Sprinkle with granola topping. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before removing from tin. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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About Josette@thebrookcook

I live in Stony Brook, New York on Long Island. I love garlic and baking. My hobby (and love) is to try new recipes. My favorite recipe resources include The New York Times, Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, and Martha Stewart Living. Enjoy!

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