Prep 20 mins
Cook 35 mins
If you love ginger, you'll love these. If you don't - you can just omit the ginger. The mixture of dried and fresh pears is just perfect - the fresh ones give it moisture, the dried ones intense pear flavour. This recipe is from Starbucks' Passion for Coffee book.
- 4 ounces dried pear halves
- 1 pear, ripe (Bosc, Bartlett, Anjou)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 eggs
- 2⁄3 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1⁄3 cup unsalted butter
- 1⁄2 cup ginger in syrup or 1⁄2 cup candied ginger, very finely chopped
- Preheat oven to 400 F and grease muffin tin.
- Put the dried pears in a small bowl and pour over some boiling water. Let stand for 15 minutes.
- Drain pears and dry with a paper towel. Cut into small pieces(about 1/2 inch).
- Peel and core the fresh pear, and chop into similar pieces.
- In a new bowl, mix dry incredients.
- In another bowl, whisk together rest of the incredients (including the pears).
- Mix dry and wet incredients, stir until mixed but don't overdo it. The batter will be lumpy.
- Fill the tins about 2/3 full. Bake about 20 minutes.
- Cool 5 minutes in the tin, then on a wire rack.
Yum! I picked this recipe to burn up some overripe pears, and it's a keeper! I did sub the dried pears for extra fresh and the candied ginger for about a tsp of ground, but the original ingredients sound like a very good mix and I would plan on trying them when I can get to the store. Also, I experimented and made a ginger glaze for a few of them which turned out quite excellent - boil two or three parts sugar to one part water with a squirt of lemon juice and a few dashes of ginger, then drizzle over tops of hot muffins.
I baked these today using the crystallized ginger and they were yummy. I too could not find dried pears on their own so I bought 4 bags of a dried fruit medley that included dried pears and got them that way. The contrast of dried and fresh pears mixed with the crystallized ginger is very appealing.
Very good, I love ginger. I used crystalled ginger, I don't know what ginger is syrup is. Very nice flaver. Thanks for posting.