Pear Crumble Muffins

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

Close-up photo of a mom and baby girl with a pacifier 

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.

Side view of a muffin with crumble toppingI 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.

A toddler girl standing by the branch of a pear tree with several pears growing on it 

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

Directions:

  • 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.

Diced pears mixed with flour and nutmeg in a mixing bowl 

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.

Top view of unbaked muffins with streusel topping in a muffin tin 

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.

Side view of a streusel-topped muffin 

59 Responses
  1. lemonsandanchovies

    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. Lauren @ L-Mo Cooks

    What a beautiful little girl! My baby lady loves pears as well. I only wish I had them growing at my house as well. These muffins sound wonderful!

  3. Kita

    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!

  4. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen

    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

  5. Mina @ Angellove's Cooking

    Kate, your Ana is such a beauty!!! Just like her mom!! And the muffins are gorgeous too :)!! We love pears in muffins also… Great job!!

  6. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time

    You really need to avoid putting up pictures of you and your daughter with food because you’re so gorgeous and she’s so adorable that the food is forgotten.

    I think there were muffins, and that they looked good, but I can’t remember now. 😉

  7. Mateja

    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 🙂

  8. Hester aka The Chef Doc

    These are absolutely darling, just like your little girl! I’ve never heard of a pear crumble in muffin form but it is a great idea! I love how you can just pop them in your mouth over and over 🙂

  9. Charlie

    These muffins look amazing. Every time I see muffins with a sugar/cinnamon topping, I drool. And I’ve never made any! Why is that..

  10. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    These look like miniature versions of a yogurt pear cake my grandmother used to make. Yogurt really does make a huge difference in keeping things nice and moist.

  11. A little bit of everything

    my baby girl loves pears too and these sound so good. i’m going to make some for her this weekend. thanks for sharing Kate.

  12. veggietestkitchen

    Wow, she’s adorable, and you are so beautiful! What a georgous family!! This recipe looks fantastic. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing. Cheers.

  13. Geni

    Oh, your daughter is adorable, and the muffins look delicious! That’s cool you didn’t look at any other recipes to create your own!!

  14. Peggy

    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!

  15. Amy Bakes Everything

    She’s a doll! I’m totally jealous that you have a pear tree in your backyard! What a great recipe, sounds so moist!

  16. Sandra

    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.

  17. claudia lamascolo/aka pegasuslegend

    What a gorgeous little one you have! With that little face who can read the recipe she is just darling I am now going back to see what this post was about I justl ove the picture of her picking the pears! adorable!

  18. Monet

    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!

  19. Liz

    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 🙂

  20. Juliana

    Your daughter is SO SO cute! The pear muffins look great, love the idea of having fruit in muffins, sure moist and so tasty 🙂

  21. happywhennothungry

    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!

  22. Claudia

    I love these – so simple and filled with a winter fruit. Ana is all wide-eyed amazement. And has very good taste in fruit.

  23. Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz

    Our own recipe inventions are the best, and talk about a lovely muse for inspiration. I wish I had a pear tree! Great muffins

  24. Fran {The Flavorful Fork}

    What a wonderful photo of the both of you! And the muffins sound delicious. My daughter is also a fan of pears. I will try these out on her.

  25. The Farmers Wife

    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!

  26. Anna

    Awwwww! She is so precious, lovely, pacifier or not. The pear muffins look delicious. I love muffins with crumbling tops.

  27. Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen

    These look great, I love to sub pears for apples! The crumbs topping looks crunchy and delicious!

  28. Steph@stephsbitebybite

    Look at how adorable your little one is!! oh my gosh!!

    And these muffins are making my tummy growl SO LOUD!! I have got to make these ASAP!

  29. Sprinkled With Flour

    One word. Yum! The title drew me in, as I love anything with crumble on it…and I wasn’t disappointed! These little muffins look so good:) Cute pics too!

  30. Lauren

    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

  31. Jill

    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 😉

  32. Kimmy

    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!

  33. Becky

    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.

  34. kitchenarian

    I can hardly wait to try this! It looks wonderful. Thanks for the recipe. I love all of your pictures. Your daughter is so cute.

  35. 5 Star Foodie

    These look so good with pears! My daughter loves pears as well and would sure love these scrumptious muffins, we will have to make these!

  36. Tiffany

    Oh yes, it totally sounds like you nailed this recipe! These crumble muffins look amazing. And the picture is super cute! 😀

  37. Felice - All That's Left Are The Crumbs

    She is such a little cutie – pacifier and all! Your Pear Crumble Muffins sound so comforting, so thanks for the recipe.

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