What does Autumn taste and smell like? Is it the smell of the burning wood in the fireplace or the smell of the old yellow leaves on the ground? Fall has arrived; you can feel it in the crisp and chilly air and you can see it in your garden’s trees that have turned yellow, deep red and brown. What I like most about October are all the treats that come along with this season. And here comes the question: Apples or Pears?
Probably many of you think that October comes with pumpkin. For me the taste of fall is a big slice of homemade apple-pie or a warm bite of this spiced pear and walnut muffin! Simple, warm, full of aroma and spice, these muffins taste like fall. They are full of chunky pear pieces, infused with cinnamon, gloves and ginger and a nice streusel crust on the top. The pears keeps the muffin moist, while the walnuts and the streusel top give this extra crunchy texture.
Comforting and spicy, these pear and walnut muffins are the perfect fall treat. Enjoy them with a hot mug of tea, while reading your favorite book by the fireplace. So, that’s what Autumn feels like.
- ****For the muffins****
- 1 egg
- 1 cup buttermilk
- ½ cup butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1½ cups packed brown sugar
- 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups peeled, chopped pears
- ½ cups walnuts chopped
- ****For the streusel topping****
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F). Line 12 cup muffin cups with paper liners.
- In a medium bowl, cream together the egg, the butter, and the sugar until sugar has dissolved. Add the buttermilk and the vanilla and whisk until smooth and combined.
- In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg. Add into the egg mixture.
- Gently fold in the chopped pears and walnuts. Do not overmix.
- Divide the batter between the muffin cups.
- For the Streusel: In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar, the flour, rolled oats, and cinnamon. Add the melted butter mix well. Sprinkle the streusel topping evenly over each muffin.
- Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes until golden brown and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and allow the muffins to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove and finish cooling on a rack.
Recipe slightly adapted from here