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Monday, February 19, 2007

Pear Muffins

Out of necessity, I prepared pear muffins for the first time today. What was the necessity? I had to finish the pears, which I bought a couple of weeks ago. I had bought a dozen and they had ripen at the same time. Sitting in the refrigerator, they were over ripen and my refrigerator was smelling all pear...y. I decided to do something with them instead of eating them plain. I finally concocted my own recipe for muffins after going through several recipes and here is the result. It is quite simple to make and turned out delicious.They were perfect for me as I prefer a crusty top.

All purpose flour / Maida – 1 cup
Wheat flour – 3/4 cup
Brown sugar - 3/4 cup
Baking powder - 2 tsp
Pears peeled, finely chopped - 2 cups
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Ground nutmeg - 1/4 tsp
Ground ginger - 1/2 tsp
Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
Melted butter - 2 tbsp
Milk - 1/4 cup
Yogurt - 1/4 cup
I substituted 1/4 cup wheat flour + 1 tsp oil + 4 tbsp milk + 1 tsp baking powder for 2 eggs. (Or 2 bananas can be substituted for 2 eggs)

Preheat the oven at 375°F.
Grease a 12 cup muffin pan or line with paper muffin cups.
Combine all the dry items. Since I was not using any eggs, I added milk, yogurt, butter and pear into the dry ingredients and just stirred the mixture to form a moist lump.
Fill the muffin cups evenly and bake them till they turn golden brown or a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
Remove and serve.

I was using wheat flour and the substitution for eggs (with the above ingredients mentioned) for the first time while making muffins. I got this substitution from a cookbook on muffins. By mistake, I added 1 & 1/2 cup of chopped pear pieces instead of 2 cups. Muffins were a very tiny bit dry. I could not guess whether it resulted because of the substitution or the missing pears or the wheat flour. If it was because of the substitution , I would go back to my old substitution, bananas.

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Vcuisine said...

Dear Suma, the pear muffins look great. First time hear about this. Other recipes Spinach carrot pakoras, cucumber roti, wheat bisibele hule, ginger plate…. Very interesting. Meme – nice write up. Enjoyed reading everything. Good job. Have a good day. Viji

Asha said...

Great idea to use the Pear to make muffins! Looks fab and I like the new age flexi pan too.

Jyothsna said...

Made good use of the pears, huh?!:) Its the first time I've come across pear muffins!

swapna said...

hi suma
pear muffins are lovely

Suma Gandlur said...

Thank you very much.Glad you are back.

Suma Gandlur said...

Asha, Jyothsna, Swapna

bee (jugalbandi.info) said...

they look low fat and delicious.

Sandeepa said...

Hi Suma
Nice pear muffins, have never tasted one before but yours look great

About my post, check Ginger & Mango's Blog. The link is at the bottom of my post.

Suma Gandlur said...

Yes. They are low fat. I used 1% milk and fatfree yogurt. Even the butter can be substituted with oil.

Suma Gandlur said...

Thanks for the info. I checked her blog.

padmaja said...

Sounds interesting, Necessity is the mother of Invention!! Picture looks great. Good job.

Saw ur pakodas, I love all kinds of them, I make cabbage and mix veg. Never tried this combo.

Sia's corner said...

thats unusal twist to muffins:) never tasted pear muffins. a very good job suma:) enjoyed reading ur post.

Mishmash ! said...

I have never tasted pear muffins!! your muffins look perfect. That was a clever idea to make use of the leftover pears :)