Caramalised Pear muffins and a small teacher’s day gesture…

 Don’t go by the fancy name, they are just normal cupcakes with pears. I had once baked a pineapple upside down cake , and when I unmoulded the cake my world turned upside down too,when I saw my pineapple pieces stuck to the pan. I will be honest, I am pretty scared of failures when it comes to baking, I didn’t go back to that recipe again. The recipe resurfaced  when I had a batch of pears lying with me. I thought may be the pears will be more forgiving than pineapples, and scared as much as I’am, I didnt do the  upside down method, not happening for me – atleast for few more months. I just chopped them, caramelized them and added in the batter. The result was crunchy pear bites in this cinnamon flavoured soft eggless muffins. Topped with fresh cream, makes for a great tea time snack. Replace pears with apples and you won’t be disappointed.

Yesterday was Teacher’s day. Teachers I feel are the unsung heroes of our society, more so I realized when my son stepped into his playschool. Away from home, his first teacher became a parent for him, an understanding and accommodating mentor, who would create an everlasting impression on his naïve mind. She had cleared all our insecurities with her quiet and warm approach and still guides my son in his studies. Such a wonderful teacher definitely deserved a small token of appreciation on this special day. As a mark of respect for her and with my son’s input ( read insistence), I had baked this simple eggless orange cake with a chocolate ganache icicng ( blame the humid weather if you see a melting ganache). Just felt this cake had to share some of the cyberspace on my blog, to make this a special post.so here’s sharing the picture of the cake…

 Coming back to muffin’s recipe, it goes as follows:

Ingredients ( for muffins) :makes for 12 muffins

  • All purpose flour- 1 ½ cup minus 3 tablespoon
  • cornflour/ custard powder- 3 tablespoon
  • Pear( chopped into small cubes)- 1 cup
  • Brown sugar -¾ cup (can use white castor sugar too)
  • Vegetable oil- 1/3 cup
  • Baking powder- 1 ½ teaspoon
  • Baking soda- ½ teaspoon
  • Salt- ½ teaspoon
  • Pear( chopped into small cubes)- 1 cup
  • Cinnamon powder- ½ teaspoon
  • Buttermilk- ¾ cup *
  • Flax egg- 2 tablespoon flax meal+ 6 tablespoon water

*Butter milk can be prepared by mixing ¾ cup milk with ¾ teaspoon white vinegar and let it for five minutes. Alternatively , you can also use ½ cup curd/yogurt with ¼ cup water.

 For caramelisation:

  • Butter- 1 tablespoon
  • Sugar (white or brown)- 5 tablespoon
  • Cinnamon powder- ½ teaspoon

Method:

For caramelisation:

  • heat a pan, add butter.
  • Once it melts, add sugar and cinnamon powder and mix well.
  • Add the diced pears,cook them on medium flame.
  • Sautée till the pieces are coated with the caramel and are slightly tender.They will release juices, you can use it for the muffins.
  • let the mixture cool down before adding into the batter.

For muffins:

  • Preheat the oven to 180⁰ C.
  • Mix flax meal in water; stir it well with a fork or a mini whisk. For best results refrigerate it for a minimum of 15 minutes, but up to an hour is best. This will allow your egg to “set up”. (source: bonzaiaphrodite.com)
  • Sift flour, cornflour, baking powder, baking soda.
  • Add cinnamon powder.
  • In another bowl prepare the liquid mixture by mixing buttermilk, oil, sugar.
  • Add this liquid mixture to the flour mixture, fold in caramalised pears , mix well.(you can keep a few fruit pieces aside for topping)
  • Grease and line cup cake moulds, pour batter upto 3/4 of its volume and bake for 15-20 minutes till the toothpick inserted at the centre comes out clean.
  • Top it with fresh whipped cream and caramalised fruit pieces before serving.

 

  A plateful of muffins, with a perfect cup of tea, on a rainy evening with a lovely company, what more will you ask for!!

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Hi , I’am Neelima and welcome to my space!! I’am a full time practicing dentist. Cooking had always been my passion, and baking which had started as a fascination is now crossing over to be an obsession.

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3 Responses

  1. shubha says:

    lovely….cant wait to try this Neels

  2. Madhuri says:

    Looks yummy!! Must try recipe

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