These are my favorite muffins. Mostly because I’m in love with cardamom.
I wish my house smelled like cardamom. And I wouldn’t mind a perfume smelling of cardamom. I’d probably bathe in this lovely spice if I could.
Sometimes I open my cardamom spice jar just to stick my nose in and inhale the blissful fragrance.
I love it in apple pie, peach crisp, banana bread, curried chicken, soups, stews, and in mashed sweet potatoes prepared with coconut milk. I’ve even sipped hot chocolate with a hint of cardamom. Wow, talk about an explosion of flavors!
If the flavor isn’t enough, cardamom also has health benefits. A relative of ginger, cardamom is also used to promote healthy digestion and is known to aid in lowering blood pressure.
Truly, I could write another 500 words about cardamom and the benefits of incorporating this lovely scented spice into our diets. So I’ve listed a few excellent websites for additional information. You know, just for a bit of light reading.
But for now, I’m enjoying the fragrant flavors of cardamom with seasonal pears… all deliciously blended into my most favorite muffins.
Fresh Pear and Cardamom Muffins
Makes 10-12 muffins
2 cups organic all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 rounded teaspoon ground cardamom
1/3 cup grapeseed oil (substitute with 1/3 cup coconut oil or unsalted butter)
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1 cup buttermilk (if you don’t have buttermilk on hand, combine just a tad less than one cup milk with one tablespoon white vinegar. Let it sit for about five minutes)
2-3 pears peeled and small diced
Pre-heat the oven to 400F. Line the muffin tin.
Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cardamom. Set aside.
In another bowl, or kitchen aid mixer, beat together the oil and sugar. Once combined add the egg, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
Gently mix in the buttermilk.
Stir in the dry ingredients and fold in the diced pears.
Ladle into muffin cups. Bake the muffins for about 20 minutes or until done. The muffins will be nicely golden brown on top.
Let the muffins sit for 5-10 minutes to cool. Enjoy!