Oct 9, 2011

Accidental Mini Asian Pear & Almond Muffins

The other weekend, on a lovely early Fall morning I took a walk to the Farmers Market. The fantastic fresh food extravaganza just so happens to be about a block from my house and occurs every single Saturday morning. It’s pretty excellent. As I entered the street lined with tents containing bins over bins of potentially amazing meals, I was overwhelmed with an intense need to buy Asian Pears. This was probably as a result of the five foot two latina woman screaming in my face, “EVERYTHING $1 A POUND! PEACHES, JALAPENOS, NECTARINES, ASIAN PEARS!” At that point I did a double take, asian pears for $1 a pound? You crazy! That’s a damn good deal. I’ll take 5 pounds.

The next day with my hords of asian pears staring me in the face I decided to make a pear butter first, then would eventually decide what to do with it after.

Asian Pears

Diced Asian PearsCooking Asian Pears

Asian Pear Butter!

When the delicious, caramelly pear butter was finished I happened to have the oatmeal canister hanging out on the kitchen counter. I glanced at the back, and there was a recipe for Oatmeal Apple Muffins. “Nice,” I said, “I’ve been meaning to start learning how to bake. Now’s an excellent time to start!” My kitty Sammy meowed back in approval. He’s very supportive.


So I devised a plan, I would substitute the white flour in the recipe for whole wheat white flour, which I had for making rues and such, I would substitute my pear butter for the apple sauce, and I would add slivered almonds. I have been advised not to try to vary recipes too much when it comes to baking, so that’s all I changed. “Let’s get baking!” Sammy meowed back in a way I can only describe as ecstatic.

Dry ingredientsWet Ingredients

Mixy, mixy…

Combining ingredients

Lubricate then stuff the muffin tins…

Coating muffin tinMuffin Batter

…that’s what she said.

Putting batter in cupsBatter in cups

And then, BAM! Mini muffins!

Asian Pear and Almond Muffins

The results were super duper excellent, but I have a couple of improvements for next time. I didn’t want to end up eating all of them, so I brought most of them to work the next day. My co-workers confirmed that they were in fact tasty and ate them all.

Muffins with sign

It was a successful baking experience and I will definitely do it again sometime soon. Maybe next time I’ll try something savory and with bacon.

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I'm a graphic designer by trade and a cook by hobby.

I've just moved back to my home state of California from Boston, Mass. My array of available fresh ingredients has just multiplied like a group of happy bunnies.

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