Pear Crumble Muffins

I have one more photo I would like to share with you from this past weekend:

I can’t believe she spent the entire day with the pacifier in her mouth! A flower girl with a paci…

But, this is not about her pacifier (and my aversion toward it – yuck!); this post is about the pint-sized member of this family and her love for pears.

I mentioned here that from the time that we introduced solids to her, she was hooked on pears. By the time she turned a year old, she was picking them from the tree in our backyard (the branches were crawling on the ground and so was she) and eating them with the skin on.

This particular recipe came about as she and I were picking the last of the pears this past fall. I wanted to make a pear crumble because that is my favorite dessert with pears, but I also wanted something different. And since I had made an apple pie muffin the week before, it dawned on me that I could just make a pear crumble into a muffin!

I know… Not like it’s never been done before, but I had never seen it, so for an instant there I thought I was a genius! Then Google told me that it’s been done at least 80,000 times…whatever! I still went ahead and made it all on my own without looking at any of those other recipes… take that allrecipes people!

These are amazing! No really, they are delicious. Sweet, moist, and real fluffy!

I have been playing around with this recipe for a few months now and I think I finally got it. It was the yogurt…the plain, and not the flavored yogurt, really did it this time. I had used flavored yogurt in the past and that was just too much; you couldn’t taste the pears. This worked much better.

Pear Crumble Muffins

You will need:

For the Fruit:

  • 2 Bosc or Anjou pears, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

For the Batter:

  • 2 cups of AP flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Topping:

  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter


  • Preheat oven at 375.

The Pears:

  • Combine the flour and nutmeg in a medium bowl.
  • Pour in the chopped pears and toss to combine. Set aside.

The Batter:

  • In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the yogurt, egg, oil, milk and vanilla.
  • Stir into the dry ingredients until just moistened.
  • Stir in the pears.
  • Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups 2/3 full.

The Topping:

  • In a small bowl prepare the topping by combining the flour, brown sugar and cinnamon.
  • Chop in the butter and mash it all together with a fork until crumbly.
  • Sprinkle the crumble over the muffin batter.
  • Bake for 25 minutes.
  • Cool for a few minutes before removing the muffins from the pan to a wire rack.

59 Responses
  1. Your little one is just too adorable! Loved seeing pictures of her.

    I can relate to the part about thinking you had come up with something unique only for Google to tell you otherwise! It happens to me ALL the time, LOL! Still, your pear crumble muffins are gorgeous!

  2. Ok, your baby has stumped me. Why did I never think to try a pear muffin? I love a pear flavor but don’t really care for an actual pear. These sound great!

  3. HA HA HA HA HA! I loved this post! From the beginning with your beautiful baby girl to the end with those great pear pictures!! Take that allrecipes! ha ha!! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I’m glad you liked the Peanut Butter Truffle Brownies! ♥- Katrina

  4. What an adorable little angel is your girl! Muffins sound delicious too and so refreshing with all those pears stuffed inside. Thank you for sharing and have a great weekend 🙂

  5. Your daughter is so beautiful! And so are these pear crumble muffins! Love the idea of the plain yogurt in there – I’m sure these babies were moist and flavorful to boot!

  6. She’s a cutie pie Kate, paci and all! This is a great recipe for pears. We mostly eat them plain around here. I think this recipe could change our minds.

  7. What beautiful ladies! I loved the pictures you shared. And I adore pears too 🙂 Thank you for sharing another batch of delicious goodness! And thank you for being so sweet on my own blog. I appreciate you!

  8. Oh, boy, I think you just invented my favorite muffin ever! Love seeing your little sweetheart, too…mine had their love affairs with their “binkies, ” too 🙂

  9. Love your photos! Your daughter is beautiful! These muffins look delicious! I actually just made a pear streusel coffee cake that’s similar with a crumble topping. Def have to try these muffins though. Yum!

  10. Your little one is just adorable! My son has loved pears since he was a baby too, I mean seriously what’s not to love? Your muffins look really good, I think I may have to give these a try!

  11. First, your daughter is absolutely beautiful. Second…..I am soooo going to gain a million pounds this year reading your blog 😉 . These little treats look incredible. I am heading out to the store to get some pears to give this a try for the weekend. Thank you

  12. Kate,
    My goodness you have excelled yourself again. They look just amazing with that crumble on top and interesting to note about the flavoured yoghurt in there. What a lovely photo of Mummy and daughter. Don’t worry, we didn’t notice the pacifier 😉

  13. This is just the kind of muffin I was looking for this week! I love any kind of coffeecake/muffin that has that bit of sweet crumble on top. Beautiful!

  14. Your daughter is adorable. My kids always liked pears, too. Your muffins sound so good especially with the yogurt and crumble on top.
    Thanks for sharing pics of Ana.

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