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Spiced Pear Muffins

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.

Makes

2 dozen mini muffins or 16 regular muffins

I got this outstanding recipe from the custodian at our church, who fixes these moist, fruity muffins and shares them with friends. He gave me one to try a couple years ago, and I was hooked. The tasty combination of pears and spices is irresistible. —Linda Jachimstal, Manitowoc, Wisconsin

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 1-1/2 cups finely chopped peeled pears (about 2 medium)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. In another bowl, beat the egg, yogurt, oil and molasses until smooth. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in pears, raisins and walnuts.
  2. Fill greased or paper-lined miniature muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 400° for 10-12 minutes or until muffins test done. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

2 each: 276 calories, 12g fat (2g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 225mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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