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Spiced Pear Muffins
Cooking Time: 35 minutes
Makes: 12 Muffins
Serving Size: 1 Muffin (2 "Slices")
1 ¼ cups flour, all purpose
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp lemon zest
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp ground ginger
½ cup butter, softened
¾ cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 pears, large, peeled/cored/cut into 1/8ths
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch springform pan. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, zest, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and ginger.
Meanwhile, in another large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and ¾ cup sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time. Blend in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture and blend until well combined. Do not overmix. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Place the pear slices in a circle around the surface of the cake, spacing about ½-inch apart. In a small bowl, combine the remaining cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle this mixture over the pears.
Bake the cake for about 30 to 35 minutes or until a tester comes out with a few crumbs attached. Cut around the cake to loosen it from the sides of the pan. Release the sides of the springform pan. Cool on a rack.
Storage and Turn-Out
Serve with Cream Cheese Icing (shown). Cake can be served warm or at room temperature.
Will store under refrigeration for about 7 days.