Sunday, February 9, 2014

Glazed Pear Muffins

I always end up with a few lonely ripe pears at the bottom of my fruit drawer. This morning I decided to turn them into a delicious baked good! I wanted to keep the baked good on the healthier-side, so I searched and found a Weight Watchers recipe for Glazed Pear Muffins. There is absolutely no butter or oil in these muffins... but it's ok, the pear and light sour cream keeps the muffins chewy and moist on the inside!

Yum... these Glazed Pear Muffins would be great for breakfast or as a snack!

Glazed Pear Muffins

2 large pears, ripen with skin
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup light sour cream
1 large egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup fat-free milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder

For the Glaze:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 teaspoons warm water, more if necessary

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a muffin pan with a cooking spray.

Core and chop the pears into tiny bite size pieces and place into a bowl. Add cinnamon, sugar and lemon juice to the bowl of pears. Stir and set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together sour cream, egg, 1 teaspoons vanilla extract and milk. Set aside.

In a large bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder.

Make a well in center of the flour mixture and pour in the sour cream mixture and the fruit mixture, by adding in, in small batches. Mix until barely blended. Do not over beat! Drop by tablespoons into prepared muffin tins. Fill 3/4 full.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven and cool 5 minutes in the pan. 

Remove muffins from the tin and let cool completely before glazing the muffins. 

While they are cooling you can go ahead and make the glaze. In a bowl mix together powered sugar, ginger, vanilla extract and water. Add another teaspoon of water if the glaze is too thick. Spread a thin layer of glaze over each cooled muffin.

These Glazed Pear Muffins are quite delicious!! You could use the recipe and use apples instead of pears. :)


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