Pear Walnut Muffins

Pears are lovely to bake with!

The pears in this recipe were soft and gave a lot of moistness to the muffins. They paired (no pun intended) beautifully with the spices and walnut crunch. The relatively delicate flavor of pear was strong, which I loved.

This recipe made 12 large muffins and 9 mini muffins... you know I can't resist making a two bite anything! These muffins didn't last long as they were wonderful out of the oven but even better the day after they were baked!

As we should all be eating more fruit, it isn't hard to justify a second muffin!

Pear Walnut Muffins
Adapted from: The Cookie Shop
For measurement conversions use this calculator.


3 to 4 pears, peeled and cut into chunks
100 grams walnuts, coarsely chopped
250 grams plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
180 grams sugar
125 grams melted butter, cooled
2 large eggs
100 mL milk

For the streusel topping
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup plain flour
30 grams cold butter, cut in bits


Preheat oven to 350° F. Butter a 12 cup muffin pan.

Make the streusel
In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar and flour. Add the butter and rub with your fingers until the mixture resembles corse meal, with smaller and larger clumps. Reserve in the refrigerator while making the batter.

Make the muffin batter
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and nutmeg. In a smaller bowl, mix eggs and milk. Add pear chunks and walnuts to the flour mixture and toss with your fingers. Add the milk/egg mixture and the melted butter and stir with a spatula or wooden spoon until all the flour is incorporated. Divide the batter evenly between the cups and top with the streusel. Bake for 17-20 minutes, or until the muffins are golden and a toothpick comes out clean.


  1. i'm not a fan of pears AT ALL - and well my dad has like 5 pear tree's in his backyard, go figure - but i'm sure i can switch out the pear for say apple ...

    ~Tiptoe Butterfly~

  2. I love pears so much, but haven't used them in muffins before. I bet they are perfect, though!!! Lovely. :-)

  3. These look fantastic. I have all the ingredients, so I'm going to make them tomorrow morning. YUMMY!

  4. Lovely! Yes; they're a great way to get our daily allotment of fruit. ;)

  5. Thank you!:)

    Your blog looks... delicious:) I love to cook, so I'll surely try some recipes of yours!


  6. Hey Mary! I love the idea of pear muffins, and I like the shape of yours. Cute!

  7. These look and sound divine, darling!
    Another delish post!


  8. I just said to John this morning, we are going have so many pears this year, what are we going to do with all of them. This will be a good start!
    Love the square muffins, more good stuff per square inch!

  9. that is one perfect looking muffin. I love the combo of flavors.

  10. what an original pairing...just looking at them makes me hungry

  11. oohh my, I am the biggest streusel fan ever! these look delicious, and brown sugar is one of my great loves :)

    xox Vicky
    Bikinis & Passports

  12. I think my boyfriend would die for this.... :) I am afraid I have to get bakin' soon... xxx


  13. oh crap ! im starring at ur blog at 10pm and im now starving :)

    ps* i just followed ur blog :)

    hugs and kisses :) GLISTERS & BLISTERS

  14. What a great way to start the morning! I'd take these over cereal any day!!

    So glad you mentioned the Bumpkin!! Isn't she the best??

  15. these look so great for summer time!

  16. Aw pears are one of my favorite fruits - this looks sooo delicious. I would love to try:)

  17. Yaaay, that looks sooo delicious. I've never tried combining pears and muffins - that has to be really interesting. I love pears so I might give it a try... Your photo is gorgeous. Have a wonderful day. :) Petra

  18. Why why MAry are U torturing us?
    I'm running to the cookie shop again:)


  19. yummmy!!!! wanna try them this weekend

  20. Brilliant! I've never thought to make pear muffins.

  21. Your muffins look fabulous!!!

    And YES you should run a marathon!!! Or maybe start with a half-marathon? Running is the most wonderful thing ever and you should totally do it! NOBODY regrets running, I promise!

  22. great post!!xx from Spain;P

  23. Pear and walnut, YUM! I might make some blue cheese butter to spread on them, just cuz I can and I am a self professed cheese addict.

  24. I started my day today with a pear and walnut scone. I did not make it, and it was nowhere near as pretty as these muffins, but the coincidence is notable! Thanks for visiting Sippity Sup.GREG

  25. Thankx for the recipe! I have never eaten sucha mufffin. Now I know what to bake next time!

    Thankx for visiting my blog. Your blog is wonderfuL!
    Keep in touch!

  26. Hi sweet Mary! OK so the Bumpkin is one of my very best blog friends (and real life friends because I kidnapped her and John when I was in New Orleans last time and held them as my hostages for the day - kidding about the hostages part but I did get to spend the whole day with them, I know, lucky me!!). When the Bumpkin mentions someone fabulous, I do as I am told and run straight on over to their blog because she has fabulous taste. I can see already that you do too and am now happy to be following you! These muffins do look amazing, I wish the three of us could be having coffee together and tasting them over the weekend! :) Nice to meet you Mary! xoxox

  27. These look delicious! Thank you for stopping by my blog! :) Yours looks wonderful!

  28. The mini muffins are adorable! I love baking with pear too especially my Nan's pear & ginger cake.


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