Chocolate, Pear, and Hazelnut Muffins

Hi!

Chocolate, Pear, and Hazelnut MuffinsI love having muffins anytime of year, but they seem particularly appropriate for the month of January. They are an easy, on-the-go breakfast or snack, and with the right ingredients, muffins can actually be a fairly healthy treat. I don’t often use pears in my baking, so I was excited to try out one of Deb’s {from Smitten Kitchen} latest creations. Pears and hazelnuts are a surprisingly delicious combination, and who can say no to a bit of chocolate? :) I urge you to whip up a batch this weekend, or even earlier if you can!

Pear Hazelnut Muffins Loosely adapted from Smitten Kitchen

ingredients

  • 1 large pear {or 2 medium – really any amount as long as you can get 1 cup of grated pear}
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup toasted hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chunks

to make

  1. Preheat oven to 425ºF.
  2. Halve and core pear. Grate pear into a large bowl until you have about one cup, more or less.
  3. Stir in the melted butter, sugar, buttermilk, eggs and vanilla, into the same bowl until combined.
  4. Mix in the oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, hazelnuts, and chocolate into the batter, taking care not to overmix.
  5. Butter each cup of a standard muffin tin. I was able to yield 14 muffins, filling each cup about 3/4 the way full, so you may need two muffins tins.
  6. Fill each cup with batter 3/4 the way full.
  7. Place muffins in the oven, and reduce the oven temperature to 375ºF. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Let the muffins cool for ten minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Enjoy!

Have a happy Tuesday!

Bella :)

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2 thoughts on “Chocolate, Pear, and Hazelnut Muffins

  1. […] what i baked: I was definitely busy in the kitchen this month, whipping up lots of tasty treats. You could try one of either cookie recipes {although I wouldn’t blame you if you made both!}: Oatmeal Chocolate Craisin Cookies, shown above, or Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies. You could also go down the breakfast route and make a batch of Chocolate, Pear, and Hazelnut Muffins! […]

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