Pear and Ginger Muffins

This recipe has been featured in a post on The Recipe Girl blog: Nigella’s Pear & Ginger Muffins.

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Pear and Ginger Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Tender chunks of pear mixed with a ginger-flavored batter and baked into a moist, pull-apart muffin.


1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 cup + 6 teaspoons light brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2/3 cup sour cream
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon honey
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups pears, peeled & chopped to 1/4-inch dice


1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper muffin cups

2. Whisk dry ingredients in a large bowl: flour, granulated sugar, the 1/2 cup of brown sugar, baking powder, and ground ginger.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk the sour cream, oil, honey, and eggs together and then fold this into the dry ingredients, mixing just until incorporated (don't over-mix).

4. Stir in diced pear and then divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups. I like to use an ice cream scoop to neatly and evenly distribute the batter into the muffin pan.

5. Sprinkle each one with 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar and then bake for 20 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack. Best eaten when still a little warm.

Source: (Adapted slightly from Nigella Express)

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3 Responses to “Pear and Ginger Muffins”

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    betsy evans — March 6, 2010 @ 9:35 AM

    These muffins were killer! I’ve made a many a muffin but these topped every other muffin I’ve ever made. I substituted plain yogurt for sour cream and it was just as good.I also threw in some white chocolate for some pizazz. Cheers!

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    loreleilee — January 31, 2012 @ 1:07 PM

    This is a great recipe,everyone who tried loved them added a tiny bit of black pepper and a little xtra ginger Thanks

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    Dede — October 10, 2012 @ 1:59 PM

    Made these GF style the other day.

    And I must say there where GREAT!!

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

    Can’t wait to try more recipes from your site.