Today's treat: corn muffins with a seasonal twist of pear and candied ginger.
I'm crazy for corn muffins in general — I love the sweet, savory flavor and the hearty texture — but I especially love them as edible gifts because they're so versatile. Incorporating seasonal fruit and spiced with festive candied ginger, these muffins act as a sweet treat but aren't technically dessert. They'd make a yummy breakfast on Christmas morning or a grab-and-go snack for holiday house guests.
For a homey bakery vibe, pack a dozen or so muffins in a box lined with pretty napkins and tied with a bow. Get the corn muffin recipe now.
Nonstick cooking spray or unsalted butter, for muffin tins Makes about 36 muffins.
4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup coarse cornmeal
1/2 cup oat flour
3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
1-1/4 cups sugar
2 large Bosc pears, cored and chopped, 3 tablespoons reserved for garnish
1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons finely chopped candied ginger
3 large eggs
1 cup canola oil
1 1/4 cups plain yogurt
2 tablespoons applesauce
2/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon apple cider
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Nonstick cooking spray or unsalted butter, for muffin tins
Makes about 36 muffins.