March 11, 2012

Beautiful Autumn Day and Pear Muffins


It is autumn - at least according to the calendar. We enjoyed the beautiful and warm autumn weather by spending the day outdoors. We drove to Palm Beach, walked up to the lighthouse and enjoyed the beautiful views. There was a lovely sea breeze greeting us at the top after a steep climb - it really was a picture perfect day. Sail boats were out at sea, people had gathered in parks for a picnic with family and friends, cafes were full of people having late brunch or lunch. These are the kinds of weekends I enjoy the most.



These pear muffins remind me of autumn. Cinnamon, cardamom and vanilla are perfect flavours for sweet pears and wholegrain spelt flour really makes these muffins incredibly soft and tasty. I've kept the sugar to a minimum, because I think that ripe pears are quite sweet enough on their own. A mere tablespoon of rice syrup and a couple of teaspoons of natural stevia is all you need.

Whether you will serve them at a lazy weekend breakfast or an afternoon tea, these muffins will disappear to the last crumb.


Pear Muffins
(Recipe inspired by Caroline Marie Dupont)
(makes 10)

2 ripe pears
220g whole spelt flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla (ground)
2 teaspoons stevia
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
150g silken tofu
1 tablespoon rice syrup
250ml almond milk
50ml extra-virgin olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 190C and prepare a 12-cup muffin tin.

2. Peel, core and dice the pears.

3. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

4. Blend tofu, rice syrup, almond milk and oil in a blender until smooth.

5. Fold the tofu mixture into the dry ingredients. Fold in the pears.

6. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cups. Bake for 25 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.

17 comments:

  1. What a magnificent day! The sky is so clear.

    Those muffins are lovely.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. Lovely pictures and muffins :) Have a great day Maria!

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  3. Lovely recipe! What a gorgeous day it was. We drove to Bilpin and picked a cartload of apples. I am bookmarking this recipe to use with apples. Thanks Maria!

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  4. A fantastic muffin scoffed while on top of the lighthouse enjoying the view and the breeze! Wonderful scenery.

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  5. oooh your blog is beautiful and I adore your recipes

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  6. Hi Maria, I can't buy stevia, but I have rice syrup. Can I use just it instead?

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  7. Muffins looks so good. Beautiful photos...

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  8. Lovely excursion. I know it well, as do I that lovely early Autumnal air. It's my favourite time of the year in Sydney!

    The muffins sound lovely. I am bookmarking this for a trial.

    Have a lovely new week.

    x Charlotta

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  9. @ Maria: what an enticing recipe! @ Sarah - if you live in Australia stevia should be easily available: I have had no trouble for over 10 years! If truly at a loss, google 'Golden Glow'! @ Sneh: you take me back: once upon a midnight clear my family owned the largest apple farm there, just 12 kms past Bellbird Hill! love to all!!

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  10. Palm Beach IS stunning and that day you went was just perfect. The muffins look good too. I also made some muffins over the weekend.. albeit banana choc chip muffins hehehehe. Well, at least we both enjoyed SOME sort of muffin :)

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  11. Hi Sarah,

    If you can't get stevia, you can just add an extra tablespoon of rice syrup with the wet ingredients.

    Thanks!

    Maria
    x

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  12. Looks like a perfect day! Perfect recipe. Thank you for sharing!

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  13. Syvimmät pahoitteluni: En pystynyt keskittymään mihinkään muuhun, kun bongasin otsikosta sanan "pear muffin". Rullasin alas, kunnes löysin etsimäni. Ah, mikä resepti! :) Edes täällä valmismuffinien luvatussa maassa, Britanniassa, edes minä, ravitsemustieteen opiskelija, en ole törmännyt näin mehevään makuyhdistelmään ja aidoista aineista luotuun taideherkkuun! Noh; En tosiaan ole missään kulinaaristen ihmeiden maassa ;)

    Valtavan suuri kiitos sinulle. Lähden pääsiäiseksi kotilomille Suomeen ja tämä resepti tulee kyllä toteutettua perheelle. Raportoin reaktioista :) Mukavaa maaliskuuta sinne helteisiin!

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  14. Beautiful post :) I love your blog. Such great recipes and lovely bright photos!

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  15. Come to think of it, I've never had pear muffins. That sounds so good! Why don't bakeries make those? I need to brush up my baking skills and bake my own, I guess. Such a beautiful scenery. It's autumn there already? I was jealous about your summer not a long ago, and now it's over. We are almost entering spring... enough cold days and can't wait to see blue sky like this!

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  16. Love the photos and the muffins...look amazing.

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