These adorable little ones are known as "Sugar pears", as written on the box, and it smelled so intoxicating through the little gaps in the packaging that I couldn't resist them. I did try, I walked away from them, but just before I finished my grocery shopping, it sorta had a magnetic pull on me. I swear it was them and not me. I found myself right beside them again, and before I knew it, I was at the check out counter making payment for a box of these.
A while back, I saw a recipe for a pear and vanilla muffin. I decided to adapt the recipe slightly to suit what I had in mind.
Hazelnut pear brown butter muffins
The muffins were a little moist for my liking, perhaps my amendments made it so? But cos I froze the majority of the batch, and when I defrosted them, I like to microwave it for half a minute (to defrost) and then toast it in the toaster for a few minutes to make it crispy again (and also to remove some excess moisture). They tasted slightly less moist that way, and I paired it with some cherry jam on the side. The overall combination of flavours was pretty good. ^^
Hazelnut pear brown butter muffins (adapted from here)
makes 12 muffins
100g wholewheat flour
70g hazelnut flour
2 tbsp flaxseed meal
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp lemon zest
200g brown sugar
150g unsalted butter, melted and browned
1 cup unsweetened mixed apple and pear puree
1 – 2 ripe pears, thinly sliced (I used 4-5 mini sugar pears)
Preheat oven to 200°C.
Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Whisk together eggs, vanilla extract, lemon zest and brown sugar in a large bowl until combined well, then add the browned butter, a little at a time, whisking until mixture is creamy. Stir in the apple pear puree, then fold in the flour mixture until just moistened. Divide batter among muffin cups, then lightly push thin slices of pear into the top of the filled muffin cups and sprinkle with some vanilla sugar. Bake the muffins until golden, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool.