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Vanilla-Pear Muffins

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“I got this recipe from the Williams-Sonoma Bride & Groom cookbook. The book suggests using "firm, ripe pears with a buttery texture and sweet perfume, such as French Butter, Comice, Warren, or Bartletts", but I used Anjou and found these muffins to be delicious. Also the recipe calls for freshly grated nutmeg, but I used jarred ground nutmeg and didn't notice the difference. I hope you enjoy as much as I did.”
READY IN:
45mins
SERVES:
6-12
YIELD:
6-12 muffins
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). Grease a large 6-cup muffin pan or regular 12-cup muffin pan with butter.
  2. To make topping, combine the sugar, walnuts, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. To make the muffins, stir together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, buttermilk, and vanilla until blended.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring just until evenly moistened. The batter will be slightly lumpy.
  6. Using a large silicone spatula, gently fold in the pears and walnuts just until evenly distributed, no more than a few strokes. Take care not to break up the fruit or overmix.
  7. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling them level with the rim. Sprinkle the muffins with the topping, dividing it evenly. Bake until golden, dry, and springy to the touch, 20-25 minutes. A wooden skewer inserted into the center of a muffin should come out clean. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes. Turn out the muffins. Serve warm or at room temperature, with butter.

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