Pear, Ginger and Dark Chocolate Muffins

Pear, Ginger and Dark Chocolate Muffins

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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

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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
Print Recipe
Leek and Potato Soup
Many leek and potato soups are blended to a cream. This one is still creamy and buttery, but left chunky and attractively coloured with the green of the leek and parsley and orange of the sweet potato.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Trim the rooted end off the leek. Then slice the white part in half lengthwise and then across into semi circles about 1/4 inch thick. Remove the tough outer edges from the green part and slice the more tender inner leaves into 1/4 inch rounds. Rinse carefully in a colander to remove all dirt.
  2. Melt the butter in a medium size sauce pan over medium-low heat. The pot should be just hot enough to melt the butter - it should not sizzle or brown.
  3. Add the diced onion, chopped leek and parsley stems to the melted butter. Stir to coat and then cover the pot with a lid to let the vegetables sweat and soften. Make sure the heat is low enough that the vegetables will not brown.
  4. After 10 minutes stir and then add the 2 cups of stock and sweet and white potato cubes. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for about 10 minutes, until the potato has softened.
  5. Add the 2 cups of milk and warm over medium-low heat, just until the soup is heated. Add the salt, ground pepper and 1/2 the chopped parsley leaves. Serve immediately garnished with the remaining parsley. Note: if you let the milk over heat or if you don't serve it right away it may develop an unattractive layer on top, but it can be stirred in and it will still taste delicious. Alternatively, prepare the soup up to where the potatoes are cooked and then add and heat the milk just before serving.