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Pear Streusel Muffins

Pear Streusel Muffins! Bursting with a pocket of pear filling and topped with streusel! An awesome brunch recipe. Great for fall and winter I added a pinch of ginger to bring out the pear flavor. Watch the recipe video and leave a loving comment.


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  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar, divided

  • 2 tablespoons King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

  • 1 cup diced pears

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind (zest) or 1/8 teaspoon lemon oil

  • 3 ounces (85g) cream cheese, at room temperature


  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1/2 cup All-Purpose Flour

  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 4 tablespoons (57g) unsalted butter, softened

  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 2 cups (241g) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 2 large eggs room temperature

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 3/4 cup sour cream


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line the wells of a muffin pan with papers, and grease the insides of the papers. You'll have two extra muffins to bake, so use two 6-ounce ramekins as molds; or if you have one, a 6-well muffin pan. Or simply bake in two batches.

  2. To make the filling: Whisk 1/4 cup of the sugar and the flour together in a small bowl. Place the rhubarb in a small saucepan with the lemon zest and pour the sugar/flour mixture over it. Add water and bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook until the mixture boils and thickens, make sure the pears are tender before removing. Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature. Mix the remaining tablespoon of sugar into the cream cheese until the mixture is smooth. When the pears have cooled, swirl pears and cream cheese together without completely mixing the chopped pears in.

  3. To make the streusel: In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in the butter and almond extract, mixing until the mixture forms crumbs. Set the mixture aside.

  4. To make the batter: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set the mixture aside.

  5. In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together the butter and sugar until they're light and fluffy and almost white in color. Scrape the bowl, then add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

  6. Add the vanilla and sour cream and mix until incorporated. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed just until the batter is smooth.

  7. To assemble: Portion the batter into the muffin cups, filling each cup to just about half. Use the back of a spoon to make a 1" deep indentation in the top of each one.

  8. Scoop 1 tablespoon of cream cheese filling into each indentation (a teaspoon cookie scoop is very helpful here) and press it down slightly. Sprinkle the top of each muffin with 2 tablespoons of the streusel mixture, pressing it in just a bit to help it stick.

  9. Bake the muffins for 22 to 25 minutes, until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan on a rack for 5 minutes, then tilt out of the pan and transfer to the rack to finish cooling completely.

  10. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 1 week.


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