Pear, Ginger and Dark Chocolate Muffins

Pear, Ginger and Dark Chocolate Muffins

A delicious fall treat, the dense crumb is a cross between a scone and a cake. They are delicious warm, but keep their flavour and moisture into the next couple of days. This makes 12 large size muffins. Use 18 cups for a more modest sized muffin and check to see if done at 20 minutes. After they have fully cooled store in an airtight container.
Course Breakfast
Servings 12 muffins


  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 7 ounces butter softened (3/4 cup plus 2 tsp)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 4 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger grated
  • 2 pears chopped into small chunks
  • 1/3 cup dark or bittersweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat the oven to 325 F
  • Line a 12 muffin pan with paper liners
  • Stir together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside
  • In a stand mixer, combine the butter, brown sugar and white sugar at medium high speed until light and fluffy, about one minute.
  • Beat in the eggs until fully incorporated.
  • Reduce the speed to medium and add in the milk, vanilla and ginger.
  • On low speed add the dry ingredients just until incorporated. Don't over mix.
  • Gently fold in the pears and chocolate chips just until evenly distributed.
  • Spoon the batter into the muffin cups.
  • Bake until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean, about 25 minutes.
Keyword Fall treats, Muffin, Pear
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Moroccan Curried Chickpea Bowl (Vegan)
Spicy chickpeas studded with plumped raisins, roasted honeyed sweet potato, served on a mound of couscous and topped with crunchy pistachios.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 C.
  2. Cover the sultanas/raisins/dried apricot in 1/2 cup of very hot (just boiled) water. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  3. Combine the cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, cayenne and salt with the honey and olive oil. Mix with the sweet potato chunks. Spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment and bake in hot oven for 20 minutes, or until tender, flipping half way.
  4. Boil 3/4 cup water in a small saucepan. Add the salt and olive oil, then the couscous. Stir to combine, then cover the pot with the lid, remove from heat, and let sit for 5 minutes.
  5. If using pistachios crush with a rolling pin or pestle and mortar. If using almonds toast lightly in a dry pan over medium heat, removing from the pan as soon as you start to see a light brown colour.
  6. Add the soaked sultanas/raisins/dried apricot to the chickpea filling. Heat to desired temperature in the microwave, on the stove or in a small ovenproof dish alongside the potatoes.
  7. To assemble: Mound the couscous in the bottom of the bowl. Surround with the sweet potatoes on one side, and the curried chickpea mixture on the other. Sprinkle with the nuts and cilantro if using.