Pear Streusel Muffins
Pear Streusel Muffins are spectacular! These lovely muffins include pears and and several spices in the batter to amp up the flavors. They’re topped with a delicious streusel topping and glazed with a vanilla icing that sets them off splendidly. They’re hearty as well as tasty and delicious.
Back in February, I made a batch of Pear Squares. I wasn’t sure how many pears I would need, but I didn’t need two bags of them! So I started making pear desserts and muffins. Those included Maple Pear Muffins, Pear Cinnamon Blondies and these delicious streusel muffins. Truly, any recipe made for apples or peaches is just as good with pears!
I took these to our close-out session for the year for our Grandmothers in Prayer group. The group is hosted by our church and we closed out our meetings in early May. Everyone loved them. No exceptions! Even those who don’t usually eat sweets enjoyed these scrumptious muffins. I gave the remaining ones to our pastor to pass on to the office staff. These lovely muffins were celebrated by everyone!
Pear Streusel Muffins include a full 5.3-ounce container of vanilla Icelandic yogurt (which is much thicker than Greek yogurt). That, plus the pears make the muffins really moist. Cinnamon, allspice and cloves add just the right touch of spice without overwhelming the muffins. The streusel topping adds a little more texture and the glaze sweetens up the muffin just a little bit more. Truly, every bite is sensational.
I recommend these lovely muffins for any kind of weekend, company or holiday breakfast. Your family and friends will rave over them. While the muffins are made in three distinct steps, they’re worth the extra effort needed to pull them off. Enjoy.
Pear Streusel Muffins are delightful.
Icelandic yogurt and pears make these muffins really moist.
These muffins are terrific for a weekend, company or holiday breakfast.
Every bite of Pear Streusel Muffins is so drool-worthy!
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients for the muffin batter.
In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, butter, brown sugar granulated sugar, Icelandic yogurt and vanilla.
Beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
Add baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and half-and-half.
Cream ingredients with an electric mixer again until smooth. Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods). Add finely diced pears.
Stir ingredients just until moistened. DO NOT OVERMIX the batter!
Spray 16 muffin tins with cooking spray. Evenly divide the batter between the muffin tins filling almost to the top.
I used these ingredients for the streusel topping.
In a small mixing bowl, melt the butter.
Add flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and granulated sugar.
Stir ingredients with a fork to combine.
Divide the streusel topping evenly among the 16 muffin tins. Press mixture lightly to adhere to the muffin batter.
Bake muffins at 425 degrees for five minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees. Bake muffins about 15-19 minutes longer until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Allow muffins to cool in muffin tins about 10 minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely and then glaze with icing.
I used these ingredients for the icing.
Pour powdered sugar into a small bowl. Add vanilla extract and only enough half-and-half to make a really thick icing.
Whisk to combine. I used two tablespoons of half-and-half but 1 1/2 tablespoons would have been sufficient.
Drizzle or pipe glaze over top of muffins.
The cinnamon, allspice and cloves add just enough spice to the muffins without overwhelming the flavor.
Pear Streusel Muffins are so delectable, you’re gonna want more than one!
If you’ve not made many pear desserts or muffins before, you need to give them a try. Any recipe with apples or peaches can be substituted with pears with very good results.
I really liked how moist these muffins turned out. They’re sweet without being too sweet and spicy without being too spicy. We loved them.
Here’s the recipe.
PEAR STREUSEL MUFFINS
(My own concoction)
Pear Streusel Muffins
- 1 12-tin regular muffin pan
- 1 6-tin regular muffin pan
- 1 large mixing bowl
- 1 wooden spoon
- 1 small mixing bowl
- 1 small bowl
- 1 whisk
- 1 fork
- measuring cups
- measuring spoons
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar packed
- 1 tbsp. granulated sugar
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup salted butter (1/2 stick)
- 2/3 cup UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
- 1/2 cup salted butter softened (1 stick)
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 5.3 oz. container vanilla Icelandic yogurt (skyr) or use Greek yogurt
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 cups UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp. allspice
- 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
- 3 tbsp. heavy whipping cream or half-and-half
- 2 cups pears peeled and finely diced
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp. half-and-half or heavy whipping cream (or about 1 1/2 tbsp. for thick icing)
- In a small mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients with a fork.
- The mixture will be crumbly.
- Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 425°.
- Grease muffin tins or line muffin pans muffin liners.
- Spray each muffin liner with cooking spray.
- Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl combine butter, sugars, eggs, yogurt, and vanilla and mix with an electric mixer about a minute or two until light and fluffy and air has been whipped up into the batter.
- Add baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, salt and whipping cream and beat until smooth.
- Stir in flour and pears with a wooden spoon until ingredients are just moistened.
- Don’t overmix the batter.
- Spoon the muffin batter into prepared muffin tins all the way up to the top.
- Crumble the crumb topping over each muffin and press the topping down gently into the muffins.
- Bake for 5 minutes at 425°.
- Adjust heat to 350° and bake for 15-19 more minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Whisk all of the ingredients together.
- Allow muffins to cool about 10 minutes in muffin tins.
- Remove muffins from baking tins and place on wire rack.
- Drizzle glaze over muffins.
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Try these delicious Pear Streusel Muffins for your next company breakfast.
If you enjoy muffins for breakfast, these need to be on your bucket list of muffins to bake!
Fresh pears are easy to purchase almost any time of the year nowadays. These fantastic muffins can be baked all-year-round!
Pear Streusel Muffins are hearty and satisfying.