Aran’s spiced pear and brown butter muffins

Spiced Pear & Brown Butter Muffins

Something that bothers me about gluten-free food is when people feel the need to say, this “is good for gluten-free…” I get it, but I don’t like disclaimers. I want good food, period. And that’s where Aran Goyoaga comes to my rescue with her amazing book, Small Plates & Sweet Treats. I’ve talked about the book before — I was lucky to get a free copy from the publisher. Aran is a friend as well, so as usual you shouldn’t listen to what I have to say, but seriously, this is such a wonderful book. Another thing about me is that I’m not a muffin guy. I once was — back in my NYU days, there was a cafe with the most amazing muffins on the corner of Mercer Street. I was addicted to those, but ever since then muffins have been a bit of a disappointment to me. I used to debate the merit of muffins with someone in my life quite a bit, but I’m sorry, I’m just not a muffin lover. Then I found this recipe.

Spiced Pear & Brown Butter Muffins

I’m not going to give away the whole thing, but the trick to these is the grated pear. Wait, did you know I don’t even like pears? Eww, hate the texture, the smell, everything. So give me some credit for even trying this in the first place. Grating the pears with the skin and all is fun though.

Spiced Pear & Brown Butter Muffins

I love the pistachio topping. There are great spices in the recipe too, but you’ll  have to buy the book to see for yourself.

Spiced Pear & Brown Butter Muffins

The result is an impossibly moist muffin but still perfectly light. They’re nearly like a dessert, and I mean that as a compliment. I wouldn’t have minded a little whipped cream on top, but they actually don’t need anything else. These are some of the best muffins I’ve ever tried, gluten-free or not.

13 thoughts on “Aran’s spiced pear and brown butter muffins

  1. Hey too funny you and David Lebovitz have nearly the same photos today! Coincidence obviously. Between the two of you I feel I can’t bear another minute without a muffin topped with pistachios.

  2. Well, not only do I complete agree with you about good food, but I just returned from Bilbao where it’s nearly impossible to find a bad meal. I’m looking forward to your Bilbao inspired friend’s cookbook arriving at my door. Thanks for the tip!

  3. These muffins look so pretty and scrumptious! Book noted! Two questions though: 1) do you always double line your muffins, and 2) Have you tried Royal Riviera pears from Harry & David? They are NOT like regular pears. They are not fibrous; but, instead, buttery smooth, sweet and bursting with juicy flavor. Just sayin’…

    1. i don’t always double-line my muffins — not sure why i even did it. i don’t really like the smell or taste of pears, but the texture bothers me too. i’m not too optimistic about the Harry & David ones.

  4. oh your muffins look just beautiful…your friends book sounds just amazing, and i love hearing your recomendations on books, i’m sure you’ve read enough to know the good ones when they come along… lovely post..sarah

  5. These look delicious. I love pears and brown butter so I can only imagine how well these will go down! I’ve always been a bit afraid of gluten free baking, but I might just give it a go!

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