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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Cardamom Flavored Pear Muffins

You can ask the other adult at home to shut up and deal with it if you hear complaints about evening hunger pangs. However if it is the question of kids and that too a couple of teenagers with voracious appetites and plenty of free 'summer' time on their hands, you don't and cannot ask them to deal with it. You learn to deal with it by stacking their favorite bunch of snacks so that you can escape the nagging and live in peace.

Fruit based muffins are one of the 'must have' snacks in my kitchen and at any given time, a jar of muffins could be found on my kitchen table. I opt for them since the prep work takes hardly any time and a couple of muffins with a glass of milk take care of 'one snack' time for the kids. It was the turn of these pear muffins for this week's stock. They were yummy besides being light and fluffy almost like cupcakes. I did not use any nuts upon my daughter's request but use chopped nuts of your choice if desired.

Ingredients: (Yield 8 muffins)
1 cup all purpose flour (Half the quantity can be replaced with wheat flour.)
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cardamom powder
1 big sized pear (About 1 cup peeled and cubed pear.)
4 - 6 tbsp. sugar
3 - 4 Tbsp. yogurt (Plus or minus 1 tbsp. depending upon the consistency of the batter.)
1 tbsp. oil / butter (I used canola oil.)
* Preheat the oven to 375 deg F. Grease a muffin tin or use paper liners.
* Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and ground cardamom into a mixing bowl.
* Grind finely pear cubes, sugar, oil and about 3 tbsp. yogurt in a blender / food processor.
* Combine dry ingredients and wet ingredients in a bowl, just until combined.
* Spoon the batter into muffin cups, filling up to 2/3rd in each cup. Place the muffin tray in the preheated oven.
* Bake until the muffin tops start to brown and a tooth pick inserted at the center comes out clean; about 20 to 25 minutes.
* Transfer them to a wire rack to cool before storing them. 

This is my entry to
1. Blogging marathon #53.
2. Srivalli's 'Kids' Delight' event hosted by Harini this month with the theme 'Fruits'.



vaishali sabnani said...

I can see that these pear muffins have a beautiful texture, and with a fruit incorporated it makes it healthy too.

Unknown said...

Wow love that golden color on top and inside texture, perfectly baked. I always like baked fruits looks yumm...

Srivalli said...

Very good Suma, love the texture and how the clicks have turned out..I am going to bake these..Do these stay good in room temperature in our typical humid Madras climate you think?..refrigerating somehow takes away the goodness I feel..

Varada's Kitchen said...

I am sure they are very tasty. Spiced cooked pears and apples have such a nice flavor.

sushma said...

Muffins looks delicious

Unknown said...

what a soft looking perfect muffins..pear in muffin is new to me..great..

Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen said...

Ahhh hunger pangs or not my kiddos literally eat my brain asking "is there anything interesting to eat? These muffins look so soft n fluffy. Cardamom must have given a nice flavor!!

Padmajha said...

This is definitely a delicious cake.I haven't baked with pears but love to try this out soon.

Priya Suresh said...

Pears are my favourite fruit, can imagine the flavour of this muffins, they came out stunning Suma.

Kalyani said...

4pm hunger pangs satisfied with suxh healthy treats ..

Chef Mireille said...

pear and cardamom go very well together - these were delicious I'm sure!

The Pumpkin Farm said...

pear in cakes is always liked at home..i especially love the chocolate based cakes with pear..ur pictures are beautilful

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

I have never tried using pears in baking. What a lovely muffin this is and I simply love the texture of it.

Pavani said...

I totally get you about shutting the other half off, but kids know the technique to get us to work for them :-) My son starts his summer vacation today and I know I'll have my hands full.
Those muffins look so light and fluffy. Never tried pears in cupcakes, sounds delicious.

Harini R said...

I am sure all of us have a way to deal with the 5 pm hunger pangs :) I wouldn't mind these pear muffins as well.

Archana said...

Ahh! Suma my kids do not touch pears this is a greatway of ....getting them to taste a yum fruit.

cookingwithsapana said...

I love cardamom flavor.Those muffins looks yummy.