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Pear Date Muffins With Neufchatel Frosting

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“POSTED FOR CRAZE-E CONTEST, 2010. Gift a tin of these to your neighbor or perfect to bring to a brunch. This fancy, moist, fruity Autumn snack is sure to please.”
READY IN:
50mins
SERVES:
12
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350°F.
  2. Grease a 12 cup muffin tin or line with muffin cups.
  3. Mix chopped dates, finely chopped pears, 1 tsp vanilla, spices and hot water together. Set aside until cooled.
  4. Cream 4 tbs butter, canola oil & brown sugar together until light.
  5. Add fruit mix to butter mix and stir until just combined.
  6. Add flour and mix until combined.
  7. Bake until a skewer inserted comes out clean (approx. 20-25 minutes).
  8. Leave to cool in the tray for 5 to 10 minutes.
  9. Allow to cool further and then frost once completely cooled.
  10. To make frosting:
  11. Combine icing sugar, Neufchatel cheese, 1/3 cup butter and 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla. Beat until smooth.
  12. Spread onto cooled muffins.

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