Let me start by saying how much I love the recipes from The Kitchn. I don't think they've ever steered me wrong. I actually made some delicious pumpkin muffins earlier this week, which I completely forgot to photograph, so I'll talk about them next time I make them.
Today I made Spiced Pear Muffins. They're great. Perfect fall food. Leaves turning red? Make these muffins. I'm currently eating one alongside a cup of Forever Nuts from David's Tea. Perfection.
I ended up using bosc pears for the first time ever. Usually I get bartlett pears and use them for everything, but when I stopped in at the grocery store this morning, all their bartlett pears were several days away from being ripe, and I wanted them now!!
The bosc pears worked great, I'd use them again in a heartbeat.
So, for the recipe, I didn't do what I was told...using a mixer when it comes to muffins...I don't know, it just seems...wrong. I melted the butter (and upped it to 2 sticks...because I'm evil and it makes the best muffins ever to up the butter), mixed all the wet ingredients in one bowl, all the dry ingredients in another, then lightly mixed the wet ingredients into the dry, followed by folding in the pears.
I always forget that I'm a 'mix the sugars into the wet ingredients' baker now. I love the way things mix up when I do this (almost as much as the life-changing effects of bringing your milk and eggs to room temperature), but I almost always forget!
Delicious muffins, great texture, nice spices next to the pear. A winner. I'll make these again. Ooh, also, no sugar on top - too messy! I don't want to have to follow the kids around with a broom anymore than I have to.