Pumpkin Pairs with Pear!

Pumpkin – you can display it, carve it, cook or bake with it….call it a jack-o-lantern or a big orange squash. It can be boiled, baked, steamed, mashed or roasted. Although its real claim to fame is Pumpkin Pie, over the years, its popularity has helped it earn its way into baked breads, cookies + more.

If you are in the baking mood why not put pumpkin to the test. To help you do just that, we are including our ever popular Pumpkin Pear Muffin recipe. Of course, if baking is not on your to do list, you can always come visit + pick one up from us! As always, everything baked pairs well with coffee!

Pumpkin Pear Muffin
2 cups peeled and finely chopped pears (about 3 pears)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice blend
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup solid packed pure pumpkin
1/2 cup vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Preparation

  • Peel, core + finely chop pears. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, spice + baking powder.
  • In a medium bowl combine eggs, pumpkin + oil. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients + fold to mix. Fold in pears.
  • Spoon into paper-lined muffin tins. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and serve warm or at room temperature.

Happy Halloween!

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