Pear and Blue Cheese Muffins

Simple and very, very moorish, especially still warm from the oven, these pear and blue cheese muffins make a lovely savoury change to sweet muffins.

Simple and very, very moorish, especially still warm from the oven, these pear and blue cheese muffins make a lovely savoury change to sweet muffins, and the addition of the melted blue cheese adds a very mellow, moorish flavour, making these a tempting treat for everyone!

Pear and Blue Cheese Muffins

Makes 12 | Preparation time 10 mins | Baking time 20 mins

Ingredients
  • 150g self raising flour
  • 100g wholemeal self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 80g unsalted butter, melted and then cooled
  • 100ml milk
  • 220g tin of pears in juice
  • 150g Stilton or other blue cheese
Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 200˚C/180˚C fan/gas mark 6 and line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases.
  2. Mix together the flours, salt, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda until fully combined.
  3. Open the can of pears and drain, keeping the juice aside. Using a hand blender puree half of the pears. Cut the remaining pear halves into approximately a 7mm dice and set aside.
  4. In a jug whisk together the cooled melted butter, pear puree, eggs and milk. Stir the egg/pear mixture into the flour mixture using a spatula making sure not to over work it. Add the crumbled stilton and remaining pear pieces and stir through the batter.
  5. Spoon the mixture evenly into the muffin cases. Place in a preheated oven for about 18 mins or until they are golden brown, well risen and a skewer comes out cleanly when tested.

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* For added freshness you could add 1tbsp finely chopped chives or for extra crunch you could decorate with toasted walnut halves.


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