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Spiced, Feijoa & Pear Muffins

Of course, I just couldn’t let Feijoa season fly by and not make any muffins now could I? Our tree is years old but so small due to the fact that we live by the sea and our soil isn’t that great…Hmmm…I just realised the neighbour’s tree is huge! OK, the real reason is I’m a lousy gardener but for some reason for the last two years it has had giant Feijoas growing on it, as large as apples, so YAY!

I would never just sit down and eat a Feijoa by itself because even though I love my veggies and can easily go without meat, I’m not that keen on fruit. I do however love baking with them, their grittiness is just so tasty in muffins, loaves and cakes! Because of their tanginess, I think they’re best paired with something sweet like banana, chocolate and/or in this case, sweet preserved pears.

So, just like all my other sweet muffins, these are mixed with natural, unsweetened yoghurt so they are soft and tender and I’ve thrown in a little mixed spice in, to jazz them up a little…I hope you give them ago!

 

INGREDIENTS

115 g /4 oz butter
½ cup castor sugar
2 large eggs (I use size 7’s)
2 cups standard flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1 x 415 g / 14 ½ oz tin of pear halves
1 cup of peeled & chopped up feijoas
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons plain, unsweetened, natural yoghurt

Optional – 12 muffin cases or 6 large Texas size muffin cases

 

Makes 12 standard-sized muffins or 6 large, Cafe style, Texas-sized muffins

 

Notes

  • I don’t usually use muffin cases/papers, I don’t mind them, they do look rather pretty, but personally, I prefer the nice crust the muffins get when I just use the tin.

 

STEP BY STEP

First, liberally spray either 12 standard-size muffin tin or a 6 large Texas-size muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray or place muffins cases in (no need to spray those). 

Spiced, Feijoa & Pear Muffins

Also, preheat the oven to 170°C fan bake oven or 190°C conventional oven, on bake, with a rack situated in the centre of the oven.

Then strain the juice from the pears.

Spiced, Feijoa & Pear Muffins

If you are making 6 large muffins, slice 2 pear halves into 3 slices each and set them aside (these will go on top later on).

Spiced, Feijoa & Pear Muffins

Alternatively, if you are making 12 standard muffins, slice 3 pear halves into 4 slices each and set them aside.

Spiced, Feijoa & Pear Muffins

Once you have your slices, roughly chop up the rest of the pear halves and then set them aside also.

Spiced, Feijoa & Pear Muffins

Next, peel the feijoas (or cut them in half and scoop out the insides with a teaspoon) and then…

Spiced, Feijoa & Pear Muffins

…roughly chop them up. If they are small or medium-sized, chop them into around 8 little pieces each (larger ones, chop into more pieces).

Spiced, Feijoa & Pear Muffins

Next, place the castor sugar in a large bowl and get a large spoon ready.

Then melt the butter in a small saucepan over a low heat or in the microwave for around 1 ½ minutes.

Spiced, Feijoa & Pear Muffins

Whilst the butter is still hot, add it to the sugar and mix the two together until just combined.

  • I was told that using hot butter gives the muffins a better colour so I use it straight away. I also think it gives the muffins a fudgy, texture as it melts the castor sugar a little.

Spiced, Feijoa & Pear Muffins

Now, add both of the eggs and quickly mix them in well.

Spiced, Feijoa & Pear Muffins

Next, add the flour, baking powder and the mixed spice to one side of the bowl and…

  • If ‘throwing’ in the flour and baking powder together freaks you out, you can sift them together in a separate bowl first if you like and then add the drys!

Spiced, Feijoa & Pear Muffins

…add the chopped feijoas, pears and yoghurt to the other side of the bowl.

Spiced, Feijoa & Pear Muffins

Gently fold it all together until it’s just combined.

  • Over mixing them will cause them to rise less and also they won’t be as ‘fluffy’ in texture (sometimes I even leave a bit of flour around the edges of the bowl so I know I haven’t over mixed it)!

Then, carefully spoon the muffin mixture into the sprayed tin or cases (either the 12 standard or 6 Texas), being careful not to push the mix down as they will rise less and be denser in texture.

Spiced, Feijoa & Pear Muffins

Then, gently press the pear slices into the top of each muffin (rounded side up).

Spiced, Feijoa & Pear Muffins

Now, place them in the oven and bake them for 20 minutes (small) or 30 minutes (large). I go for a nice even, golden brown colour all over and a firmness when gently pressed down in the centre and of course, a sharp knife inserted into the centres should come out ‘clean’ (no wet batter on it).

Once done, leave them in the tin for 10 minutes before removing them (I like to use a dessertspoon for this) and…

Spiced, Feijoa & Pear Muffins

…placing them onto a cooling rack.

  • If you are placing them in a container, be sure that they have thoroughly cooled down first.

Spiced, Feijoa & Pear Muffins

They look nice dusted with icing sugar 5 minutes before serving!

Spiced, Feijoa & Pear Muffins

Best served warm with butter and/or a little whipped cream or some more of that lovely, natural yoghurt you mixed them with. 🙂 

Spiced, Feijoa & Pear Muffins

Keepin’ em fresh – These are best eaten on the day, the second day they’re still okay but not quite as amazing! You can keep them in the pantry in an airtight container for 2 days and if a day old, I would warm them for 15 – 20 seconds in the microwave to freshen them up a bit.

Spiced, Feijoa & Pear Muffins

 

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Spiced Feijoa & Pear Muffins

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 6 or 12

Spiced Feijoa & Pear Muffins

Delicious, spiced, feijoa & pear muffins mixed with natural yoghurt

Ingredients

  • 115 g /4 oz butter
  • ½ cup castor sugar
  • 2 large eggs (I use size 7's)
  • 2 cups standard flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 x 415 g / 14 ½ oz tin of pear halves
  • 1 cup of peeled & chopped up feijoas
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons plain, unsweetened, natural yoghurt
  • Optional - 12 muffin cases or 6 large Texas size muffin cases

Instructions

  1. Liberally spray either a 12 standard-size muffin tin or a 6 large Texas-size muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray or place muffins cases in (no need to spray those).
  2. Preheat the oven to 170°C fan bake oven or 190°C conventional oven, on bake, with a rack situated in the centre of the oven.
  3. Strain the juice from the pear halves.
  4. If you are making 6 large muffins, slice 2 pear halves into 3 slices each and set them aside. Alternatively, if you are making 12 standard muffins, slice 3 pear halves into 4 slices each and set them aside (these will go on top later on). Once you have your slices, roughly chop up the rest of the pear halves and then set them aside also.
  5. Peel the Feijoas (or cut them in half and scoop out the insides with a teaspoon) and chop them into little pieces.
  6. Place the castor sugar in a large bowl and get a large spoon ready.
  7. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over a low heat or in the microwave for around 1 ½ minutes.
  8. Whilst the butter is still hot, add it to the sugar and mix the two together until just combined.
  9. Add both of the eggs and quickly mix them in well.
  10. Add the flour, baking powder and the mixed spice to one side of the bowl.
  11. Add the chopped feijoas, pears and yoghurt to the other side of the bowl.
  12. Gently fold it all together until just combined (being careful not to overmix it).
  13. Carefully spoon the muffin mixture into the sprayed tin (or cases) being careful not to push the mix down as they will rise less and be denser in texture.
  14. Gently press the pear slices into the top of each muffin (rounded side up).
  15. Bake for 20 minutes (small) or 30 minutes (large) or until golden brown all over and a sharp knife inserted into the centres comes out clean.
  16. Once done, leave them in the tin for 10 minutes before removing them and placing them onto a cooling rack.
  17. Serve warm with butter and/or a little whipped cream or some more of that lovely, natural yoghurt you mixed them with. 🙂
  18. Best eaten on the day but will keep in an airtight container in the pantry for 2 days (if a day older I recommend warming them for 15 - 20 seconds in the microwave to freshen them up).

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2 Comments:

  1. I am so intrigued by these muffins! Lovely recipe.

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