Fresh pears, almonds, and candied ginger are studded throughout these whole grain, moist, and flavorful fall muffins!
At last, it’s that time of year where turning on the oven is acceptable and the thought of baking makes me smile rather than sweat. It’s funny how weather factors in so much to a person’s desire to bake. My absolute favorite time to bake is on a cold, cloudy day. Nothing makes the house feel and smell more cozy than something baking away in the oven. These Pear Ginger Muffins were perfect for baking earlier this week when a cold, rainy storm slowly made it’s way across Colorado.
Last month a received a beautiful countertop oven from the people at Wolf Gourmet. If you’ve ever heard of the Wolf brand you’ve probably associated it with quality appliances that produce delicious results, like these pear ginger muffins. The countertop oven with convection was a welcomed appliance to my kitchen. Often times I don’t want to turn on my large oven because it takes so long to heat up. The countertop oven however, only takes about a 1/4 of the time to heat up! It’s perfect for smaller baking jobs like muffins, a pie, a casserole, or even roasting some vegetables. I tested out all the functions on the oven and was particularly impressed with the baking, roasting, and broiling features.
The Wolf Gourmet Countertop Oven with Convection will be especially useful this holiday season when my large oven is filled to capacity. I always find myself needing an extra oven so that my sweet baked goods and savory items aren’t sharing aromas and flavors in the same space. Because no one wants an apple pie that tastes or smells like the onions, garlic, and other aromatics that were used to flavor your turkey!
Now that we’ve established how awesome and convenient it is to have this delightful countertop oven, let me tell you about the wonderful flavor of these pear ginger muffins. As many of you know pears and ginger compliment each other beautifully. The sweetness of the pears goes so well with the fresh, slightly spicy flavor of ginger. On top of those two flavors I also threw almonds into the mix. Not only are there crunchy, nutty flavored almonds in the muffins, but almond extract as well. These muffins are loaded with healthy ingredients such as whole wheat flour and bran flakes, and are extra moist thanks to low fat buttermilk. Be sure to make a batch of these fall flavored muffins for your next breakfast or brunch!
Guess what guys?! Wolf Gourmet was generous enough to offer one of you a Countertop Oven! For a chance to win the oven, simply leave a comment below. The giveaway ends 10/30/2015. A winner will be selected at random and that person will have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is picked. Good luck, happy baking, and have a great weekend!