Apple, Cherry, Pear and Almond Breakfast Muffins

by Amy Stafford on January 3, 2013

These breakfast muffins are extra special and completely over the top.  I came up with the recipe based off a crisp recipe that I have that is truly delicious, but you can’t have a crisp for breakfast……. can you??  hmmmmm
Well, since its the New Year and we all want to eat healthier, we will be good little boys and girls and assume the answer is no.  But don’t fret you can still get the fabulous flavors in harmony in this breakfast muffin.
My son who is in college was home over the holidays and as he was eating one of these muffins I asked him  what he thought?  He mumbled with almost the entire muffin in his mouth “they are pretty good, I’m guessing they are healthy with all that fruit.”   AHH the bouquet of words a mother receives from her off spring!  NOT!
But, seriously as muffins go these are pretty healthy.  I cut down the flour and added almond meal, which is made with ground almonds which have proven to reduce risk of heart disease with antioxidant action of the vitamin E, and of course all that fruit that’s in there helps! :)
P.S: I have been using Dave’s Coffee Syrup with Vanilla in a lot of my baking in the last month.  It is really great stuff!  I will be doing a give away soon, if you can’t wait for the giveaway, check out their site tell them I sent you over.  http://Davescoffeestore.com
These can be stored in the refrigerator for the week and they freeze extremely well!!  enjoy.

Apple, Pear, Cherry and Almond Breakfast Muffins

Ingredients:

Muffin:
  • 1 1/4 cup sef-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sour cream or plain yogurt (I used light sour cream)
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract or DAVE’s vanilla and coffee syrup
  • zest from 1/2 lemon (1 tablespoon)
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored, cut into 1/4″ dice
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
Streusel:
  • 1 pear, peeled, cored,cut into 1/4″ dice
  • 2 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sliced blanched almonds
apple, pear, cherry and almond breakfast muffins

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Line 12 cup muffin tin with liners and spray with baking spray.  Line a tray with almond slices and sit in oven for 4-5 minutes until almonds are just starting to toast, but not brown.  Remove pan and let cool.

Place flour, almond meal, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a bowl and mix well to combine.  Set aside

In a mixer beat 1/2 cup of the butter and sugar until creamed.  Add one egg at a time until mixed.  Scrape down sides of mixer and add sour cream, zest and vanilla blend.

Add flour ingredients and mix until just blended (do not over-mix)

Remove bowl from mixer and by hand add apple and cherries, mixing.

apple, pear, cherry and almond breakfast muffins

Spoon mixture into each cup filling about 2/3 of the way.

In a small bowl combine, pear, brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of butter and almonds and combine.

apple, pear, cherry and almond breakfast muffins

Place on top of each muffin.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the center of a muffin comes out clean.

apple, pear, cherry and almond breakfast muffins

 

Apple, Cherry, Pear and Almond Breakfast Muffins
 
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Can be stored in the refrigerator for a week and freeze for a month.
Ingredients
Muffin:
  • 1¼ cup sef-rising flour
  • ½ cup almond meal
  • 1½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • ¾ cup sour cream or plain yogurt (I used light sour cream)
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract or DAVE’s vanilla and coffee syrup
  • zest from ½ lemon (1 tablespoon)
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored, cut into ¼” dice
  • ½ cup dried cherries
Streusel:
  • 1 pear, peeled, cored,cut into ¼” dice
  • 2 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sliced blanched almonds
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line 12 cup muffin tin with liners and spray with baking spray. Line a tray with almond slices and sit in oven for 4-5 minutes until almonds are just starting to toast, but not brown. Remove pan and let cool.
  3. Place flour, almond meal, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a bowl and mix well to combine. Set aside
  4. In a mixer beat ½ cup of the butter and sugar until creamed. Add one egg at a time until mixed. Scrape down sides of mixer and add sour cream, zest and vanilla blend.
  5. Add flour ingredients and mix until just blended (do not over-mix)
  6. Remove bowl from mixer and by hand add apple and cherries, mixing.
  7. Spoon mixture into each cup filling about ⅔ of the way.
  8. In a small bowl combine, pear, brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of butter and almonds and combine.
  9. Place on top of each muffin.
  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the center of a muffin comes out clean.

 

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

mjskit January 3, 2013 at 12:58 pm

These look so good and I love the idea of using the coffee syrup! Delicious!

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amy January 3, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Oh Mj, that coffee syrup is the bomb!! you gotta try it if you bake, or make cocktails.

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The Messy Organic Mum January 3, 2013 at 8:04 pm

These sounds so yummy. Do you think I could substitute honey for the sugar without any horrible side effects?

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Amy Stafford January 4, 2013 at 8:11 am

Hey Elizabeth, Though I have not made these with honey, if I did I would use 1/3 cup honey and I would lower the sour cream to 1/2 cup. Hope this works, maybe I will give it a shot this weekend. If I get it done I will shoot you an email.
Amy

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