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Pear-and-Granola Muffins

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The crunchy topping is a perfect foil to the soft and juicy pears inside. Enjoy these muffins for breakfast or anytime you feel like a snack.

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  • Yield: Makes 12

Source: Everyday Food, October 2003

Ingredients

For Muffins

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup plain granola
  • 2 D'Anjou pears (2 cups), peeled and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 Granola Crisp Topping or 3/4 cup plain granola

For Granola Crisp Topping

  • 1/2 cup granola
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a 12-cup standard muffin tin with paper liners; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.

  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, brown sugar, yogurt, and butter. Make a well in the center of flour mixture. Add egg mixture to well, and mix in flour mixture until just combined. Gently fold in the granola and pears.

  3. Make Granola Crisp Topping: In a bowl, toss together 1/2 cup granola, 1/4 cup each all-purpose flour and packed light-brown sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cut 3 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter into pieces; add to granola mixture, and rub in with fingertips until clumps form.

  4. Divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling each 3/4 full. Sprinkle with granola topping. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before removing from tin. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Cook's Notes

Low-fat yogurt replaces much of the usual butter to produce moist muffins with a subtle tang. The addition of whole-wheat flour makes them even more wholesome.

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  • cookiepusher
    5 MAY, 2013
    These are delicious! Was out of yogurt so I used sour cream instead. Added 1/2 teaspoon baking soda to the flour mixture, to make the sour cream happy. Read the instructions. There are two different amounts of granola--one for the batter and one for the topping.
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  • MELSYMELSY
    20 NOV, 2010
    Can I freeze these?
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  • dutchgirl84
    4 AUG, 2010
    I had apples out of our own tree and so I used those instead of pears. But it's really good! (I also used granola with almonds and cranberries) Great recipe to make your own!
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  • amyjk0629
    28 FEB, 2010
    I made these for breakfast and they were amazing! I used all whole wheat flour, bosc pears because I've been eating them a lot latey and they're really juicy, and vanilla granola to add a little extra flavor. I will be making these again and again!
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  • jc1981
    19 MAR, 2009
    I made these muffins for my office and they ate them up! I substituted vanilla yogut for the plain yogurt and used a honey, almond granola. I will definitely make these again!
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  • jc1981
    19 MAR, 2009
    I made these muffins for my office and they ate them up! I substituted vanilla yogut for the plain yogurt and used a honey, almond granola. I will definitely make these again!
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  • bluebanana
    12 SEP, 2008
    I also just made them but switched the pears for peaches, it worked great. Mine were a little dry so I think next time I am going to put in sour cream in instead of yogurt. A keeper , easy to make with kids.
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  • MBS4174
    7 SEP, 2008
    just made these and tasted one. so yummy. make sure to chop those pears as directed. i didn't and the chunks were too big and they sank! still tasty though.
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  • pinkflame9
    18 JUN, 2008
    These are pretty yummy and easy to make. My whole family liked them, even my dad whois a very picky eater. Though I will say if you really enjoy pears or cinnamon add extra because the taste is subtle with both.
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  • Poussine
    10 MAY, 2008
    Lovely muffins ! With juicy pears and crunchy granola topping... just perfect when sitll warm with fresh butter. Yum !
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