Easy Bake Vanilla Pear Muffins

Vanilla Pear Muffin Recipe - mypoppet.com.au

Pears are in season and abundant at the moment, so it’s the perfect opportunity to use them in some baking and whip up a batch of these delicious Vanilla & Pear Muffins. This muffin recipe is so easy to bake, and the results are always yummy!

Enjoy as an afternoon tea treat, they are perfect with a cup of tea. These Vanilla & Pear Muffins also make a tasty lunchbox snack with the added bonus of hidden fruit. They freeze well so you can make a big batch in advance and pop one frozen into the lunchbox, it should defrost perfectly by morning recess.

I’ve used this base recipe for muffins with different in-season fruits (apple or berries also work great if you don’t have pears), but we recently had the opportunity to pick our own pears directly from my mother-in-law’s orchid, so a batch of pear muffins was in order.

pear tree

Home grown fruit always tastes better than shop bought, so we were really lucky to pick a whole basket to take home and bake with.

basket full of pears

Use the best vanilla extract you can afford, vanilla essence is fine, but if you have the good stuff it really makes a difference in the flavour. Because there is no butter or oil in the mixture, it’s best to use full cream milk rather than skim, otherwise your muffin texture may be a little dry.

Muffins always taste better warm, so gobble them up straight out of the oven with a smear of butter is the perfect way to enjoy these Vanilla Pear Muffins.

Vanilla Pear Muffin Recipe - mypoppet.com.au

Vanilla Pear Muffin Recipe - mypoppet.com.au

Recipe - Vanilla & Pear Muffins - mypoppet.com.au

Vanilla Pear Muffins

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These Vanilla Pear Muffins are easy to bake and make great lunchbox treats. A tasty way to use up excess fruit. Apple can be substituted in place of pear.


  • 1 large ripe pear, cored, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 250g (8 oz) Self Raising Flour (sifted)
  • 220g (7 oz) sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250ml (8 fl oz) milk
  • pinch of salt
  • Butter or cooking oil spray for greasing


  • Preheat oven to 180C (350F) and grease 12 hole large muffin tin very well.
  • In a large bowl mix together dry ingredients - flour, sugar, salt.
  • In a smaller bowl beat eggs and milk. Add vanilla extract.
  • Make a well in the dry ingredients and then gradually stir in the egg and milk mixture. Stir gently until combined. Try not to over-mix.
  • Pour batter evenly into muffin tin.
  • Add pear to batter pushing some of the pieces in with a skewer.
  • Bake for 20-25min or until skewer comes out clean.
  • Cool in tray for 5min before turning out, leave to fully cook on a wire rack.
  • Notes

    Pear may be substituted with apple. Suitable for freezing.

    Recipe - Vanilla & Pear Muffins - mypoppet.com.au

    photography by Monika Grabkowska

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