Sunday, November 8, 2009

Sweet Melissa Sunday - Pear Cranberry Muffins with Gingersnap Crumble

I almost forgot to post this! Been a busy weekend and a busy day and now, at 9:30 Sunday night I just realized I hadn't posted for SMS yet. Nothing like getting in under the wire! :D

This week's recipe, chosen by Jennifer of Maple N' Cornbread was Pear Cranberry Muffins with Gingersnap Crumble. I love muffins and was excited to try these. I baked a lot of different things this weekend and one of the things I baked was Molasses spice cookies and I decided to use them for the gingersnap crumble.


These were quick and easy to pull together. I didn't make any changes in the recipe. I just read the posts on the P&Q and saw that a lot of people made changes to keep the muffins from being too dense, but I missed that, and, after trying these, didn't think they were too dense for my tastes.

The gingersnap crumble was also easy to pull together. I only wished I had known how much the muffins would spread as they baked. I put on what seemed like a "ton" of crumble only to have it separate and spread out over the top of the muffins so it seemed like there wasn't much at all. I am sure the muffins would be even better with the crumble covering the muffin tops rather than just here and there.

These tasted delicious. I could detect the orange from the zest , not overpowering, just a nice undernote. The tart cranberries were a nice compliment to the pears' sweetness. And, the occasional crunch from the gingersnap crumble contrasted nicely with the moist crumb of the muffin. My hubby and I ate two of them, each, for breakfast this morning.

I loved this batter and am already thinking of the different ingredients I could add to it. Of course, apples and raisins were the first ones I thought of, but the variations are endless. This is a good recipe to keep handy. I am planning on making these again tomorrow morning, to take to my son and daughter-in-law's house for breakfast.

So, thanks again Jennifer. Great choice! And, if you would like to see what the other bakers thought, click here!

9 comments:

  1. They look yummy! I agree about the crumble - I'm going to be a lot more generous with it next time.

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  2. Great job on your muffins - they look delicious! I loved these with their combination of fall flavors. The same thing happened with my crumble and I was glad to see I wasn't the only one :)

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  3. I like the way the crumble looks on your muffins!!! The crumble was however my favorite part, so I used lots of it!!

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  4. Im so glad you enjoyed the muffins and the topping. I loved them and will make them again! Yours turned out looking great!

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  5. Your muffins look fantastic! I agree the more crumble the better with these, it was so good.

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  6. i think the consensus this week is that the crumb topping was one of the best parts of this recipe! i agree - i put a TON Of topping on, yet after spreading there was STILL spots that were missing crumb! yours look like they came out perfect!

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  7. Your muffins look great! I'm glad you ended up liking them.

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  8. I have to admit, I saw some pictures of other people's muffins on Sunday before I baked mine, so I was rather generous with the crumble! I'm sure they were still delicious!

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Please let me know what you think. I love to hear from other bakers.