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Pear Walnut Muffins

Juicy fresh pears and ground walnuts are the shining stars of these moist and delicious, cardamom scented Pear Walnut Muffins.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Muffin
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast,, brunch,, muffin
Servings: 12 muffins
Author: Tricia


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour plus 2 tablespoons, divided
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup ground walnuts
  • 1 large ripe pear peeled, cored and diced (about 1 ½ cups)
  • ½ cup buttermilk well shaken
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into small chunks, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar for garnish or granulated sugar will work fine too


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease or lightly spray a standard 12-cup muffin tin, or use paper liners.
  • In a small mixing bowl, shift together 1 cup of flour, cardamom, baking soda, and salt. Fold in the 1/2 cup ground walnuts and set aside.
  • Toss the diced pear with the remaining 2 tablespoons of flour, making sure all pieces are well covered. Set aside.
  • In a two cup measure, combine the buttermilk and vanilla. Set aside.
  • Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the sugars and butter on medium speed until combined, about 3-4 minutes. Add the egg and blend just until incorporated. Turn the mixer down to a low speed and add one-third of the flour mixture and one-third of the buttermilk. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed and beat just until combined. Add the remaining flour and buttermilk mixture, in two additions. Scrape down the sides and using a rubber spatula, fold the batter over a few times to ensure it is well mixed.
  • Add the diced and floured pears and fold together using the spatula.
  • Using an ice cream scoop, divide the batter between 12 muffin cups, filling them three-quarters of the way. Sprinkle the muffins with the turbinado sugar and the chopped walnuts if desired. Bake until the muffins are firm on the top, and golden brown, about 25 minutes.
  • Allow the muffins to cool in the pan, about 10 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack or serve slightly warm.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature, up to three days.


Anjou or Bartlett pears work well in this recipe.
You can easily prepare ground walnuts in a small food processor