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Ginger, Cranberry and Pear Muffins

I have a secret love affair with muffins. Ever since I started making them with pancake mix, that love affair has deepened into something dark and dangerous – I’m making muffins more often than I ever have, and they are flat out decadent.

We arrived in San Antonio on December 24th, just in time for all the family’s celebrations and some really spectacular weather. Just the other day, it was 70 degrees here while back home in New Jersey, it was a balmy 15 degrees!

All this sunshine and warm weather has made me so cheery, I can’t help but bake. There may be crappy things going on in my life (side note: being laid off kinda blows), but right now I get to spend tons of time with my family. My incredible husband is supporting me through everything, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the love of my life, or the love in my life.

So I baked muffins. Lots of muffins. Starting with ginger, fresh cranberry, and caramelized pear muffins. There’s just enough ginger for a zing that will make you go, “ooh!”. The cranberries are tart and slightly sweet, and the pears reign everything back in with their mellow butter-sugary goodness.

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Thursday 12th of January 2012

These look lovely! I need to try baking some muffins with pancake mix... And, I love the addition of ginger.

Glad to see you're staying positive and enjoying your time with your family... Things will turn around soon. I just know.

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Wednesday 11th of January 2012

Sorry to hear you were laid off....hopefully the job market will pick up this year though:-)...These sound really yummy and I love that they have ginger in them!


Wednesday 11th of January 2012

I'm so sorry you got laid off. :( I know how tough it is and no matter what, it's kind of a hit to the ego. So glad you have a good support system. These muffins look yummy! I hope 2012 starts looking up for you. xoxo


Wednesday 11th of January 2012

I love this. The pancake mix thing is so intriguing, and the ginger. Pears. I got weak in the knees.


Wednesday 11th of January 2012

You've gotta try it, Shaina! No worry about over mixing. Light, tender crumb. I added 2 teaspoons of baking powder to this recipe yesterday for making banana nut - and also started with a 400F oven that I dropped down to 325F when I put the muffins in, but it doesn't seem to have made a blind bit of difference in the rise.