These moist and delicious Pear Gingerbread Muffins are packed with holiday flavours. The combination of gingerbread spice, molasses and pears is pure bliss!
There are only a handful of smells that signal the true start to the holiday season for me. Gingerbread spice is definitely one of them! These muffins are the perfect companion to a hot coffee on a cold day (cue a Christmas music playlist – I’m working on it)!
I used aromatic Bartlett pears for this recipe; however feel free to skip the pear if your family isn’t a fan. For me, the pears added moisture, flavour and nutrition but we tried them without the pear and they were dynamite. You can either purchase gingerbread spice or make your own gingerbread spice with this recipe here. Gingerbread spice makes such a cute gift packed in a little jar with a plaid ribbon!
Baking & Cooking with Pears
I love baking with fruit but sometimes pears don’t get as much love as the others! The truth is, pears are a delicious and nutritious addition to your baking. They are also full of antioxidants, fibre and taste great in many recipes where apple is called for. In most cases there is no need to peel them. I used Bartlett pear for this recipe as it is a sweeter pear with a thin skin.
Try incorporating them in some of your favourite recipes this season like this delicious Roasted Pear and Butternut Squash Soup or even the Pear & Brie Crostini! You can also freeze it and add it into smoothies – I do this when they start to turn brown to avoid food waste.
More Gingerbread Recipes
Prepare for the holiday season with your own batch of homemade Gingerbread Spice and get the most out of it with some great recipes. First off, try these Pear Gingerbread Muffins and let me know how what you think!
If you liked the flavours in these muffins, you can also give the Upside Down Pear Gingerbread Cake a try. Maybe start your day with some Gingerbread Pear Blender Pancakes, or whip up these old-fashioned Gingersnap Cookies for Mr. Claus this year. Can you tell I love a good gingerbread recipe?!
Pear Gingerbread Muffins
Pear Gingerbread Muffins
These moist and delicious pear gingerbread muffins are packed with holiday gingerbread flavours.
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 teaspoons gingerbread spice*
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1 cup molasses**
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup oil***
- 2 cups diced peeled pear****
Preheat the oven to 350 F and line a muffin tin with paper liners (this makes 18 muffins so you may need 2 tins depending on the size of your tins, or simply bake in 2 batches).
In a large bowl whisk together the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and gingerbread spice.
In a separate medium bowl whisk together the eggs, molasses, water and oil.
Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients, stir to combine and fold in the pears.
Divide the batter among the muffin tins, filling each tin ¾ full. Top each muffin with a thin slice or two of pear if desired and bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
Cool on a rack and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
*gingerbread spice is a 1/4 cup cinnamon, 1/4 cup ginger, 2 teaspoons nutmeg, 2 teaspoons all spice and 2 teaspoons cloves for 1/2 cup of spice. See my DIY recipe here.
**fancy molasses works best but we tried it with blackstrap molasses and it worked (the molasses flavour was stronger with the blackstrap)
***olive oil, avocado oil or any neutral vegetable oil will work
****we used Bartlett pear but other varieties would work