Pear & Ginger Muffins

Date settembre 29, 2010

Before that day, for me the pear was a fruit like another, somewhat anonymous, not as much delicious and cool as strawberries, melon, or even an apple, so versatile and a perfect bride to cinnamon. Then I saw a movie, which in itself is not one of the best I’ve seen, maybe it is a bit too sad, but with a great rock soundtrack by the Goo Goo Dolls, City of Angels. In this movie, Seth (Nicolas Cage) is an angel {dressed in a total black that suits him a lot!}. He falls in love with Maggie (Meg Ryan), a heart surgeon as competent and determined, as extremely fragile. Along this passionate love for the woman, Seth is urged by the strong desire to experience the same feelings of human beings. Flavours discovery is one of the moments I love the most.

Seth: What’s that like? What’s it taste like? Describe it like Hemingway.
Maggie: Well, it tastes like a pear. You don’t know what a pear tastes like?
Seth: I don’t know what a pear tastes like to you.
Maggie: Sweet, juicy, soft on your tongue, grainy like a sugary sand that dissolves in your mouth. How’s that?
Seth: It’s perfect.

Since then, a pear is no longer just a pear, but a tangle of sensations that involve touch, taste and smell, a fruit that should be treated with great respect and with a bit of creativity. And the pear, for me, is the perfect complement to the ginger, as you can see in this jam.

Dry ingredients

  • plain flour, 200 g
  • corn flour, 120 g
  • baking powder, 3 tsp
  • sugar, 85 g
  • vanilla salt, 1/2 tsp
  • {cane sugar, just to sprinkle muffins}

Fruit

  • apple, peeled, deseeded and grated, 200 g
  • ripe pear, peeled and chopped, 200 g
  • fresh ginger, 2 cm of grated root

Liquid ingredients

  • partly skimmed milk, 150 ml
  • sunflower seed oil, 110 ml
  • eggs, 2

Preheat oven to 190 ° C.

Combine all dry ingredients. Add to the flours and sugar mixture apple, pear and ginger, stirring so that they are covered with flour and does not oxidize.

In a separate bowl, mix together liquid ingredients and add them to the flour and fruit mixture, stirring just as long as they are all combined. Spoon the mixture into muffin moulds – I obtained 16 medium muffins – and sprinkle with cane sugar.

Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes until muffins are golden brown, fluffy and soft.

Tasting test. Recently I baked large quantities of decorated, glazed, delicious and nice to see cupcakes, but lately I was feeling like muffins. Every so often I miss their rustic and direct character, their generous fruity nature… then it is natural to look to the fruit basket to discover which sweet and juicy dress muffins will wear! Along with pear and ginger, a perfect and successful marriage in my opinion, this recipe contains the surprise of corn flour, my latest passion, which gives an attractively crunchy tone to an otherwise soft and almost velvety texture.

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7 Responses to “Pear & Ginger Muffins”

  1. Jeanne @ CookSister! said:

    I love that scene from City of Angels – and it’s such a good exercise to try and find new ways of describing the familiar. I am a huge fan of muffins (it’s one of the few things I regularly bake) and I firmly believe that there are very few things in life that cannot be improved by a little ginger – so I am in love with these muffins! Grazie!

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  2. RavieNomNoms said:

    Wow these sound so fantastic!! They really do!

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  3. Roxan said:

    I also love that scene – it’s a classic. Too bad I can’t take Nicholas Cage seriously anymore! Beautiful muffins and photography, and I love the taste test blurb at the end of your post. I should start doing that too.

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  4. Giulia said:

    @ Jeanne: I discovered ginger quite recently, but I do love it and I’m trying to experiment it in different preparations. By now, my favourite one was in a pork ribs marinade! Hugs
    @ RavieNomNoms: thank you so much!
    @ Roxan: I’m so happy to see I’m not a weird person, with strange movie classics! :D As regards the ‘taste test’, I started doing it in the few months, but I use it as a way to remember mostly to me, but also to readers, what I loved about a recipe!

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  5. Evan @swEEts said:

    I still have that soundtrack! Great movie.. ha I love the ingredients in these muffins! And I also like your little “taste tesing” blurb.. it reminded me of a shirt I have that portrays a cupcake and a muffin.. the cupcake says: muffins are just ugly cupcakes, and the muffin says: cupcakes are haters. nothing like baking humor! ha

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  6. theveggie said:

    What a great pairing. I never would have thought to put the two together. I have some pears that I need to use!!

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  7. Sophia said:

    These muffins look delicious. I definitely have to try making these! Awesome job! My fave muffins would have to be these Spice Muffins with Maple Cinnamon Frosting – http://www.recipe4living.com/recipes/spice_muffins_with_maple_cinnamon_frosting.htm – Thanks for sharing!

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