Honey & Pear Muffins

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I’m feeling a bit better today. Thankfully I have a quiet week this week, so there’s nothing I have to necessarily be in tip-top shape for after getting home from work, whereas last week I was pretty busy and definitely didn’t get enough sleep. Let’s keep it that way this week, shall we? The temptation to go out and meet friends at bars is most certainly there, but I think I can avoid that until Friday, where we’re having a bit of a party for Kramer’s 26th birthday. I can’t believe that he is going to be 26. What an old man. This means that we have known each other for almost 10 years. I remember when he had mutton chops and braces. Ah, those were the days. I am going to down a million gallons of vitamin C and as much other medicine as I can get my hands on, because I have to get well and make lots and lots of cookies for the occasion. We’re going to go to our favorite bar, play shuffleboard, drink beers, and oh, will we laugh. Well, that’s what we’ll be doing if Plan A fails. I can’t tell you a single thing about Plan A.

Honey & Pear Muffins

Me doing a little chop-chop at DISH last week. Photos by Jesse Chan-Norris.
Kramer wasn’t able to attend my demo last week because of class, but his last one is next Monday and then he’ll have a few weeks off before he starts summer session. I don’t know how he does it. Kramer is getting his master’s at NYU right now, but as we are, unfortunately, not billionaires, he has to work while he does it. There are days where he leaves the house at 8 AM and doesn’t get home until 9:30 or 10 PM. It’s hard sometimes when we are barely able to see one another, but it’s at least good to know that he is some kind of anomaly and he actually really likes school (or so he says). Kramer is one of those weirdos who honestly enjoyed group projects in college. He is a great leader and incredibly organized, with the added bonus of studying something that he has a genuine interest in and wants to do for the rest of his life. It’s inspiring to wake up to someone like that each morning, even if he’s got to be gone a lot. I’m excited to celebrate his birthday on Friday – he deserves a party in his honor after all of his hard work.

Honey & Pear Muffins

“Yadda yadda yadda, another muffin recipe,” is what I’m sure you are thinking. I’m quite sure that you are wrong. When I was rifling through my cupboards, trying to figure out what to bake, Kramer said, “Make muffins. Everyone loves muffins.” It’s true. Everyone does love muffins. But for some reason, I don’t make them all that often. I guess I prefer cookies. What a surprise. My lovely friends Amanda and Matt were kind enough to bring me a big bottle of honey from Nevis earlier this year, which is probably some of the best honey I’ve ever had. I never splurge on honey because I’m usually too broke from splurging on something at some restaurant, but I’d buy another bottle of this stuff. It’s incredibly thick, nutty, and perfectly sweet, which makes it excellent for baking. I made honey shortbread cookies with half of it, and I finally finished up my precious bottle by making these muffins. You don’t need any sweetener other than a big, heaping cup of honey, and you can use any fruit you’d like, but I loved pears in these. They’re soft and sweet and work well even if they’re a little bruised, like mine were. I always find that whenever I buy pears, they are rock hard, so I leave them in a paper bag on my counter and never fail to absolutely forget about them until they are almost like mush. Well, one man’s mush is another man’s muffins. These make an excellent handheld breakfast or treats to bring into the office, which is what I did (and they were immediately devoured). Don’t deprive yourself of muffins, as I often do, and whip up a batch this weekend!

Honey & Pear MuffinsMe, pretending to know what I am talking about. Photos by Jesse Chan-Norris.
Honey & Pear Muffins
Dice your pears and add ’em to the batter.

Honey & Pear Muffins
Divide amongst your cups and bake.

Honey & Pear MuffinsHoney & Pear Muffins

Honey & Pear Muffins
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Serves: 48 mini muffins or 20 regular muffins
Sweet little honey muffins dotted with fresh pears.
  • 2½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 cup honey
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pear, peeled,cored, and mashed (like you would a banana)
  • 1 pear, diced
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk together you flour, baking soda, and salt. In a mixing bowl, beat your butter until smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes, then add in your honey and beat until combined. Add in your eggs, one at a time, until combined (the batter may look broken at this point - don't worry about it), then add in your vanilla and mashed pear.
  2. Gradually add in your flour mixture, beating until just moistened, then fold in your diced pear. Divide the batter amongst your muffin cups (4-5 tablespoons per regular sized muffin cup or 2 teaspoons for miniature muffin cups). Bake for 10-11 minutes for miniature muffins or 15-18 minutes for regular sized muffins. Allow to cool before removing from the tins. These will keep well in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.


26 Responses

  1. Elena says:

    Thank you so much for ths! I’ve been longing for some new original muffin recipe for a while now and pear & honey make perfect sense together, IMO. Will try to find time to make a batch this weekend.

    P.S. Thse pictures from your cooking demo are stunning!

  2. I am glad you are feeling better. Never dismiss a muffin recipe, everyone thinks they are all the same; really there not. I find some people use too much raising agents in it to achieve the “Dome effect”; This makes for a chemical tasting muffin (yuk)
    I have been looking for syrup based muffin which only uses it as a sweetener, these look perfect. Such a wonderful simple but much need recipe.

  3. Such cute muffins! I like this because it’s not just a variation on a recipe I’ve seen/used before; I’ve *never* made muffins with pear or honey. Win! Perhaps I’ll add a bit of cinnamon too :)

    I admire people like Kramer- so dedicated and studious! I’m in school and my husband has to put up with me complaining and procrastinating. Happily I’m only taking one class for the summer semester!

  4. Tieghan says:

    You look awesome up there! Way to go!!

    These muffins are so cute!! I hove the honey pear combo!

  5. I so wish I could have gone to your demo!! These muffins look awesome!..as always :)

  6. Anna says:

    The muffins look great, and your demo sweatshirt is awesome! I’m sure you did a great job!!

  7. The name on my igoogle page got me: honey & pear muffins. I wish I had one of these to end my day with. Also…”One man’s mush is another man’s muffins” – love it! Enjoy the birthday hoopla! Sounds like you both could use it!

  8. Sarah says:

    This looks awesome. And congrats on your demo! looks like you did a great job. :)

  9. polly mccall says:

    I’m Amanda’s mother and so happy you love Nevis honey. I think the best in the world. Going down end of June and will bring you 2 big bottles.
    Love your site.

    • Sydney says:

      Hi Polly! I really loved the honey – thank you for introducing it to me. I’m going to have to try to do something savory with it next time, I think. You really don’t have to bring me anything but I do agree that it’s the best! Thanks again and hopefully we’ll get to meet one of these days!

  10. Oh yum! This flavor combo sounds delicious!

  11. Lynna says:

    Happy 26th Birthday to Kramer!! And CONGRATS on your demo. That must have been a wonderful experience.

    This muffins look awesome! I have tons of honey to use up! 😀

  12. I totally love muffins! These would be awesome for breakfast tomorrow. Love how you mashed the pear – great idea! Hope you felt all better and Kramer had a good birthday.

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  14. Alexandria says:

    These were delicious! Fruity but not overly sweet. My kids loved them!

  15. Justin in Sydney Au says:

    It is grandparents morning tea at my sons school this Friday. I bet I am the only Dad that makes something for the occassion, and these muffins look perfect. I am glad I stumbled upon your site, thanks.

  16. Steph says:

    I just came across your site while looking for pear recipes. I have a lot of pears I need to use and was wondering in these muffins freeze well.

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  20. Nisha says:

    Hi Sydney.. I’ve made this recipe.. twice and they taste amazing! Just a quick question though.. The muffins tend to sweat and get all sticky on top.. as its cooling…and get progressively sticky. I guess its to do with the heat. I stay in Mumbai, India and it is super super hot here. 2nd time around I tried to get them into the refrigerator as quick as possible but somehow that just made it worse. Are there any tweaks I can make to counter this? I love this recipe and really want to continue making them.. Thanks, Nisha

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  23. Lou Erin says:

    Sooooo good!
    Though I did substitute some ingredients for what I had….
    1/2 cup vegetable oil for 3/4 cup butter
    1 cup castor sugar for 1 cup honey
    I also added 1 mashed banana yum yum

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