Pear & Candied Ginger Muffins

Pear & Candied Ginger Muffins

I have a strange stubbornness when it comes to turning my furnace on for the first time each fall.  I try to hold out until November 1st, telling myself we could totally get another run at 75° sunshine.  I need to believe al fresco dining isn’t out of the question for the next 6 months, that I won’t soon be wearing long underwear.  I can’t give in; I can’t let go of summer and I can’t acknowledge that winter’s knocking at my door.  

So I avoid the truth and spend the month of October shivering.  Shivering and shivering and…

…baking.  I spend a good deal of time baking.  A hot oven helps with the chattering teeth and a warm treat with a cup of coffee makes most situations tolerable.

My latest attempt at baking away my October shivers was a batch of pear and candied ginger muffins and they provided just the warmth and comfort I was looking for.  The muffins bake up impossibly light and fluffy.  They’re loaded with chunks of ripe pear and candied ginger and a spicy ginger-lemon glaze puts them firmly in the “can’t wait to make them again” recipe file.

Stop shivering; let’s bake!  Preheat the oven, melt butter, measure out yogurt, and chop a bunch of candied ginger.

Ginger Pear Muffin Ingredients

Whisk together flour, sugar, leaveners, ginger, and nutmeg in one bowl; eggs, yogurt, and vanilla in another.
Prepping Muffin Ingredients

Combine wet and dry ingredients.

Combining Wet & Dry Muffin IngredientsFold in the melted butter to make a nice, thick batter.  

Muffin Batter

Add the chunks of fresh pear and chopped candied ginger and stir to combine.Stirring in Candied Ginger & Pears

Scoop the batter into a muffin tin and pop ’em into the oven.Filling the Muffin Tin

While the muffins bake, whisk together a glaze with lemon juice, powdered sugar, and ginger.  Channel your inner-Pollock and drizzle it over the muffins.Glazing the Muffins

And we’re done!  Grab yourself a muffin and a cup of coffee and linger in your cozy warm kitchen until your teeth stop chattering and all feels right in your world.

Pear and Candied Ginger Muffins

Pear & Candied Ginger Muffins
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If you love a good gingery bite, you'll love these muffins!
Recipe type: Breakfast, Brunch, Baked Good
Cuisine: American, Fall, Winter
Serves: 12
  • 3 c. All-Purpose Flour
  • ¾ c. Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp. Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Powdered Ginger
  • ¼ tsp. freshly grated Nutmeg
  • 1½ c. Plain Yogurt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 8 Tbsp. (1 stick) Unsalted Butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 medium Pears, peeled and diced into ½ in. chunks (about 1½ c.)
  • ½ c. sliced Candied Ginger
  • For the Glaze:
  • 1 c. Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tsp. Powdered Ginger
  • 3 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Line or grease a muffin tin.
  2. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, 1 tsp. powdered ginger, and nutmeg in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, whisk together yogurt, eggs, and vanilla.
  3. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined, then fold in the melted butter. Finally, fold in the diced pear and sliced candied ginger.
  4. Divide the batter between muffin cups. Bake until the tops are golden and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before glazing.
  5. While the muffins cool, make the glaze. Sift together the powdered sugar and ginger. Whisk in lemon juice until the glaze is thick but drizzlable. Drizzle the glaze over the muffins and allow to set for 5 minutes before serving. These are best served the day they are made but can be stored at room temperature for several days and reheated to order (though the glaze won't look as nice).



  1. says

    Great pictures, they look delicious! You’re so funny with your furnace, I used to do the same thing, but just went with it this year…I tried to hold out a couple of years ago and seriously contemplated wearing mittens indoors… That’s when I knew, ok, enough, the furnace is on!

  2. pam says

    Can’t wait to make these! (and you get that “wait till November to turn on the furnace” from your cheap parents!)
    Love, Mom

    • says

      What’s wrong with us?! We’d probably save more money by turning the heat on and not spending money on copious amounts of butter and sugar!

  3. Blanka says

    Just made them and they are not bad! A bit too sweet for my taste and the batter was much, much thicker than yours so the muffins are rather dry (and BIG! I could have made 16 not 12 like in the recipe). Next time I will reduce the flour and chop the pears finer.

    • says

      They are on the sweet side. If you’re looking to reduce the sweetness, you could replace the candied ginger for freshly grated ginger root and, of course, you could always skip the glaze. Thanks for the feedback.

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