Pear Almond Muffins

June 16, 2011
4 Ratings
  • Makes 12 muffins
Author Notes

I made these because I was looking for a higher protein snack to feed my toddler, but they're so moist and delicious they don't last long in our house. Designed to be wholesome, the end result is more decadent -- like a French Pear Tart in muffin form. Using ricotta in the muffins is an idea that came from baking queen Dorie Greenspan. If you're not going to eat them within a day or two, store them in the refrigerator or freeze them. —Savour

What You'll Need
  • 2 ripe pears
  • 3/4 cup whole milk ricotta
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 cups almond flour or almond meal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a muffin tin by greasing with butter and dusting with flour, lining with paper, or spraying with baker's joy.
  2. Peel the pears, core them, and cut them into 1/2 inch chunks.
  3. Whisk the ricotta, eggs and vanilla together, and stir in the melted butter.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the sguar, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk in the ricotta mixture, leaving it lumpy. Fold in the pears.
  5. Divide the mixture among the muffin cups (it will be thick and lumpy), and bake for 20-25 minutes. Test with a toothpick -- it should come out clean.

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  • EmilyC
  • Savour
I'm a Los Angeles based home cook with a full time job and 2 young kids, so my recipes tend to be accessible to busy people. I firmly believe that anyone can cook good, everyday meals from scratch with sufficient tools and encouragement, and I try to create meals that are delicious, wholesome and not too intimidating. Most of my favorite recipes tend to be twists on a classic dish that makes it new and exciting.

4 Reviews

EmilyC September 27, 2011
Savour -- Just curious, what brand of almond flour/meal do you use? When I tried your recipe, my muffins didn't hold together and I wondered if they'd benefit from some extra almond flour/meal since they're so moist -- or maybe there's a difference from brand to brand. I used Trader Joe's almond meal. The flavor profile is spot on!
Savour October 28, 2011
I used Trader Joe's as well. I should probably add that I live in Los Angeles, which is a dry climate.
Savour October 28, 2011
I used Trader Joe's as well. I should probably add that I live in Los Angeles, which is a dry climate.
EmilyC September 11, 2011
Love the combo of pear, almond meal, and ricotta here -- delicious!