Photo: Jan Smith
15 servings (serving size: 1 muffin)

Fragrant pears and walnuts make an unbeatable combination. For this recipe, you can use any type of pear available, though we suggest Anjou or Bartlett. Adding ground walnuts to these muffins results in a delightful richness. Turbinado sugar has large blond crystals and a subtle molasses flavor; substitute granulated sugar if you don't have turbinado.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°.

Step 2

Place walnuts in a food processor; process until finely ground.

Step 3

Lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours and next 3 ingredients (through salt) in a medium bowl; stir well with a whisk. Stir in ground walnuts. Make a well in center of mixture.

Step 4

Combine brown sugar and the next 4 ingredients (through egg) in a small bowl; add to the flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Fold in diced pear.

Step 5

Spoon batter into 15 muffin cups coated with cooking spray; sprinkle batter with turbinado sugar. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until muffins spring back when touched lightly in center. Remove from pans immediately. Place on a wire rack. Serve either warm or at room temperature.

Ratings & Reviews


August 16, 2016
Moist and delicious.  I think adding 1/2 teaspoon of cardamom would make these 5 star muffins.


June 25, 2016
I made these yesterday and was very please with the results. Tasted like warm apple pie when they came out of the oven (even though they are made with pears). I used 2.5 pretty ripe d'anjou pears and added a tsp of cinnamon as other reviewers suggested. I love this recipe and will definitely make it again.

Pear muffins

April 25, 2015
These muffins were delicious! They were so moist and had great flavor.  Big had at a luncheon I had.

ald0ra's Review

March 01, 2015
This recipe is delish! The muffins were moist and moderately sweet. I used liners for less clean-up. I followed every ingredient & step with 2 modifications: added 1 tsp of ground cinnamon; did not use cooking spray. I think pears & cinnamon pair well together. Next time I make this, I will alter the amount of brown sugar to 1/2C to lower the sweetness factor. The pears were sweet enough as is.

MEW123's Review

January 03, 2015
Yum! I just tried my first warm muffin, and I agree with others that these are great and easily tweak-able. I cut the sugar to about a half cup, which is great if you're not looking for an actively sweet-tasting muffin (ripe pears add plenty of sweetness). I subbed in pecans and added ground ginger, nutmeg, and raisins. They also bake quickly--I dropped the temp to 375 after 10 minutes and pulled them out of the oven after 17 minutes. As a note, I thought the batter seemed thick or dry, but it worked out just fine.

seaside725's Review

October 15, 2013
I also used vanilla yogurt and added cinnamon to the muffin batter. I thought they were tasty and very moist. I would put them on my brunch table for any occasion.

Phimubrain's Review

October 06, 2013

TheSchrib's Review

September 02, 2013
Oh so tasty! The muffin batter is airy and light. The baked muffins are flavorful, not too sweet and have a wonderful moist texture. I followed other reviewers suggestions and added ~1 tsp. of ground cinnamon to the batter. oh and they were done in 15 minutes in my oven. I will make these again.

BrandyLStea's Review

March 24, 2013

JanfromTX's Review

December 15, 2012