Applesauce muffins with fresh pear dabbled about make great afternoon snacks and quick grab-and-go breakfasts.
Rustic home-style muffins tend to conjure up certain feelings or memories.
For me, Applesauce Muffins remind me of my mom.
Always watchful of what we ate, in the 80’s she whole-heartedly took on the trend of “applesauce baking” subbing applesauce for most, or all, of the butter in baked goods like cookies, cakes, quick breads and muffins.
Some of these recipe were wildly successful. Others… not so much.
But if you ask me, simple homey muffins made with applesauce are the-best-of-the-best when it comes to applesauce baking.
Instead of using the applesauce as a minor building-block ingredient, I like to showcase it as the prominent flavor.
In this Applesauce Muffins recipe, I added a hefty amount of Musselman’s Applesauce, a touch of Chinese Five Spice Powder to enhance the fresh apple flavor, and small chunks of ripe pear to provide a silky quality to the muffins.
These zippy pear and Applesauce Muffins are so quick to whip up. I like to surprise my kids with them when they come home from school, or pack them as snacks for our weekend hikes.
The hearty apple goodness, chunks of fresh fruit, and little nip of spice make these Applesauce Muffins completely irresistible.
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