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Apple / Pear Spice Muffins

I had two pretty sad looking pears in my fruit basket, so I decided to see if I could make some muffins out of them. So I stewed together two apples and two pears added some spice and it resulted in these delicious  muffins perfect for fall.
  • 2 apples peeled, cored and chopped
  • 2 pears peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger 
  • 1/2 cup of hard margarine or butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 cup raisons
  1. Cut  the apples and pears into small pieces. I left the peel on but you can peel it if you wish. No need to add water or sugar to the pot. Cook on low heat  until soft.
  2. Add the cinnamon and ginger. Mash together.
  3. Cream together the softened butter with the sugar adding the eggs one at a time.
  4. Mix the dry ingredients together stir.
  5. Add the raisins to the flour, add that into the creamed butter mixture.
  6. Stir the stewed fruit and combine until all the dry ingredients are mixed in.
  7. Place into 12 greased muffin tins.
  8. Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes.
  9. Leave the muffins in the tins for 5 minutes, remove and cool on a cooling rack.
  10. Serve with a warm cup of tea, perfect for those cool fall afternoons.


  1. Beginner cook here, how do you stew apples/pears? Just cook on low on the stove?


    1. Thank you for pointing that out, I will add how to do that to the instructions. I just cut the fruit up into small pieces and cooked it on low until the fruit was soft. I did not add water or sugar to it.

    2. How about the suggestion of cooking the cut up fruit in a covered dish in the microwave? Thanks for ANOTHER good-looking recipe! Last week I made the shepherd's pie with the sweet potato topping & the rolls made with mashed potatoes. Both yummy.

    3. That certainly is a good option. I just rarely use the microwave so I wouldn't have thought of doing that way. Good suggestion, thanks.

    4. I also would use the Microwave to cook the apples and pears. The advantage is you don't have to keep an eye on it like you do on the stove. It is less likely to burn and cooks quickly.

    5. Thanks for both options on stewing the fruit!!

  2. I would love one of these muffins right now!!

  3. Looking at my fruit basket, I could stock my freezer full of these muffins! lol Thanks for the recipe. Perfect timing as this morning I was lamenting to do with all my apples and pears.

  4. thanks for the recipe Charlotte....I had apples and pears to use up...

  5. these muffins were delicious!

  6. I just made these this morning (2017),and they are really tasty! I baked them in a pop-over pan and they were perfect in about 19 minutes.


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