Monday, June 11, 2012

Giant Nutty Pear Muffins - Muffin Mondays

I skipped last week's Muffin Mondays because, I had so much due, on that day, SRC and Crazy Cooking Challenge and it was too much to put it all up.  On top of that, I wanted to get a post up about the giveaway and contest.

I am back though with these giant muffins.  Instead of making them in regular sized muffin tins, I used these large muffin shaped pans, I picked up, in a local store.  Every time, I go this particular store, which is not often, I pick up a few of these super-sized muffin tins.  We cut them in half, to eat them.  A heartier eater would appreciate the larger size.  Gee, when I was younger, I could have eaten this size and not gained an ounce.

I should fill you in.  I got married, weighing 95 pounds and after five children, I was all the way up to 105.    I was one of those lucky people who could eat and eat and not gain an ounce.  I would go out with my friends and get a banana split or hot fudge sundae without thinking twice about weight.  If I was hungry, I would eat something else.  Those days are gone forever but they were fun while they lasted.

Giant Nutty Pear Muffins

Ingredients :

1 3/4 cups sugar
4 eggs
3/4 cup Canola oil minus 1 tablespoon
1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider
2 cups gluten-free flour mixture
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 pears, peeled and chopped into 1/4 inch pieces
1 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cup diced dried pear

Preheat oven to 350°F. 

Grease and flour 12 muffin inserts.

Beat 2 cups sugar with eggs, oil and vinegar in large bowl at high speed until very thick, about 4 minutes. 

Combine dry ingredients in medium bowl.  Mix into egg mixture. 

Mix together pears, walnuts and dried pears .  Mix gently into batter.

Place batter in pan. Bake until toothpick or sharp knife inserted into center of muffin comes out clean, about 30 minutes.

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  1. Sounds yummy! And I am right there with you about the days of not gaining weight long gone LOL. Thank you so much for sharing this week!

  2. I love the combo of fresh and dried pears. Looks yummy. Perfect breakfast or brunch!

  3. Just a note on the weight. You sound exactly like me!! I managed to keep my trim figure for 45 years. But in the last 10 years I've had 10 surgeries and I seemed to gain about 5 pounds per surgery. Let's hope I have no more surgeries!
    My hobby may just change from baking to quilting. Wish me luck!!

  4. I just happen to have pears on hand. These muffins look perfect.

  5. Those are some really big muffins! I was super skinny for the longest time. Over the last few years, all of those brownies and ice cream are sneaking up though.

    Thanks for linking!

  6. What a fun and fresh idea!

    Thanks so much for linking up at Mealtime Monday! Hope to see you again next week!


  7. Of course over size is best... more muffin top! I have never had pear muffin can't wait to try them. I hope you will be sharing this today on foodie friday.


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