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Spiced Pear Muffins

 Spiced Pear Muffins
I got this outstanding recipe from the custodian at our church, who fixes these moist, fruity muffins and shares them with friends. He gave me one to try a couple years ago, and I was hooked. The tasty combination of pears and spices is irresistible. -Linda Jachimstal, Manitowoc, Wisconsin
12 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 1-1/2 cups finely chopped peeled pears (about 2 medium)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. In another
  • bowl, beat the egg, yogurt, oil and molasses until smooth. Stir into
  • dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in pears, raisins and
  • walnuts.
  • Fill greased or paper-lined miniature muffin cups two-thirds full.
  • Bake at 400° for 10-12 minutes or until muffins test done. Cool
  • for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Serve warm.
  • Yield: 2 dozen mini muffins or 16 regular muffins.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 276 calories, 12 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 225 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.