Pear Muffins

This recipe was a sort of spur-of-the-moment, thanks to a few over-riped pears lying around. Too mushy to slice into a salad (yes, I was trying to be good), I could only think of a baked good that would do me right.

I have usually steered clear of cupcakes and muffins, for no good reason. The only excuse I can come up with is that filling up cupcake liners are tedious and I don’t always get the proportions equal and end up with very odd shaped funny-duddys (yes, I make up words). Another one of my excuses is that, although they look so beautiful and eye-appealing, cupcakes are an utter waste at parties – people don’t usually eat an entire cupcake – they always leave bits and pieces and the remaining goes to waste. With a cake, loaf, bundt or whatever, you can cut exactly the amount you will eat and leave the rest for other appreciative and deserving eaters (like me).

This recipe is incredibly easy, with a hint of Christmas spices – cinnamon, vanilla and allspice, along with fresh orange zest. These don’t need any dressing up and taste amazingly well by themselves. However, a thin fresh strawberry glaze works well and also looks fabulous!

The Recipe
Serves 12


  • 1 cup Pears, finely chopped or mashed
  • 1/4 cup Oil
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Ground allspice
  • 1 tsp Orange zest
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 cup Icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp Fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 pod Vanilla Bean
  • 1-2 tsp Milk
  • 2 tsp Orange zest


  • Heat the oven to 180°C.
  • With a hand whisk, beat the sugar and oil together. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
  • Then add the orange zest, cinnamon, allspice, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
  • Then with a wooden spoon, fold in the flour.
  • Scoop 2 scoops of the batter into each cupcake liner.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely on a wire rack before drizzling.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the glaze by simply whisking all the ingredients together until you get your desired consistency.