The original recipe calls for walnuts instead of pecans, but this writer was fortunate enough to have a neighbor share some, plus some Harry and David pears shipped from an aunt. Make sure your pears are firm, otherwise the muffins will be mushy.
1/2 C chopped pecans
1 C all-purpose flour
1/3 C whole wheat flour
1 1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
2/3 C packed brown sugar
2 T canola oil
2 t vanilla extract
1 (8 oz.) carton plain fat-free yogurt
1 large egg
1 1/2 C finely diced peeled pear
3 T sugar
1. Preheat oven to 400°.
2. Place nuts in a food processor; process until finely ground.
3. Combine flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl; stir well with a whisk. Stir in pecans. Make a well in center of mixture.
4. Combine brown sugar, canola oil, vanilla extract, yogurt and egg in a small bowl; add to the flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Fold in diced pear.
5. Spoon batter into 15 muffin cups coated with cooking spray; sprinkle batter with sugar. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until muffins spring back when touched lightly in center. Remove from pans immediately. Place on a wire rack. Serve either warm or at room temperature.
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