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Pear Muffins Recipe With Saffron and Browned Butter

Pear, saffron and browned butter muffins

Published: November 17, 2016 at 5:15 pm
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • Easy
  • Makes 12

Make our moreish pear muffins with saffron and browned butter for a tasty breakfast or afternoon snack. These work perfectly well without the saffron if you don't have any – you could add a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg instead, if you like

Nutrition:
NutrientUnit
kcal296
fat26.6g
saturates3.6g
carbs33g
fibre1.8g
protein3.4g
salt0.4g
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Make these easy pear muffins for a tasty snack, then check out our classic breakfast muffins and banana muffins. We've also got plenty more delicious muffin recipes to try.

TIP: If muffins with muffin tops are what you are after, don't use paper cases, just butter the muffin holes.

Ingredients

  • 50g butter, plus extra for buttering if not using cases
  • a pinch saffron
  • 185ml buttermilk or milk
  • 140ml flavourless oil
  • 1 egg
  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 150g golden caster sugar
  • 2 small pears, peeled cored, cut into small cubes and drained on kitchen paper

Method

  • STEP 1
    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Line 12 holes of a large-hole muffin tin with large paper cases or butter them. Add the saffron to the buttermilk. Heat the butter in a small pan until it melts, then keep cooking until the butter starts to turn a golden brown and starts to smell toasty.
  • STEP 2

    Mix it with the oil, buttermilk and egg.

  • STEP 3

    Sift the flour, baking powder and sugar together. Toss the pear pieces in this mix and lift them out again.

  • STEP 4

    Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, add the liquid ones and fold together quickly. Fold in the pears.

  • STEP 5

    The mixture will be quite soft but will start to thicken as the raising agents activate. Divide between the muffin cases or holes – they should be quite full. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until they are risen and golden on top. They will have a slightly cracked appearance, this is fine.

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