SMS – Pear Cranberry Muffins

NOTE: my flickr account is being a pain in the *cough* so for now, because I’m out of time… for pictures… visit my Flickr account! And will SOMEONE please tell me how I’m supposed to transfer my pics from flickr to my blog? Thanks!

There is one phrase that I tend to save for something big, so it will make a big impact when I use it.


And that’s exactly what these muffins are. Easy to make (see: throw together) and deeeeeelicious (see: yum).

The base for these is the exact same that I used for the peach muffins, but those were a disaster compared to these. They were very dense and just lacked in texture and flavor. I needed to alter these to make ’em work for me because pears…. and cranberries?? Hello, lover!

I halved the recipe, omitted the orange zest (I didn’t have any on hand, but I WILL throw this in next time), omitted the gingersnap crumble (to cut down on cost, but will consider next time), ย substituted half of the butter for unsweetened applesauce (and added roughly 1/2 tsp more), I added cinnamon (I want to say 1/2 TBS but I can’t recall exactly, I just threw it in) and I used 2% milk in place of the whole milk. My pears weren’t ripe (which made for a nice crunchy texture), cranberries frozen solid, and my milk and egg weren’t at room temperature. Threw it all together, and was blessed with the most tender, moist, flavorful muffins that have ever come out of my oven! This is a keeper, a keeper I tell ya!!

Because I know you’ll want the recipe, head on over to Jennifer’s blog Maple N’ Cornbread. Oogle her goodies and nab that recipe ๐Ÿ™‚


12 thoughts on “SMS – Pear Cranberry Muffins

  1. I’m so with you – these were awesome! The peach muffins gave me trouble too but for some reason the recipe worked so much better with pears and cranberries ๐Ÿ™‚ I checked out your photos and they look terrific!

    Here’s how I use flickr to upload pictures to my blog. Once I have a photo I want to use, I click on it and then above the photo select the “all sizes” option. Pick whichever size works for you (I usually choose medium because I’m shooting huge files with my camera). Once you’ve selected the size, scroll down and copy the HTML code it provides in the box numbered 1. I paste that code right into my blog post where I want the photo to appear. I use blogger and this works perfectly but I’m not certain it’s the same with wordpress. Let me know if you still have trouble, I’m happy to help ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Double Whammy! ๐Ÿ™‚ I also used frozen cranberries but everything else was as it should be. Your muffins look great, especially the one split in half that shows the pears.

  3. Karin says:

    I loved the pears and cranberries together, though I wish I could have tasted the pears a little more. I never warm my ingredients to room temperature either. It requires way too much planning!

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