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Delightful Pear Cupcakes

Healthy, succulent and sweet; it’s no wonder we have a passion for pears. This seasonal twist on traditional cupcakes is a recipe to remember, perfect for an afternoon treat with a cup of tea.

Ingredients

1/2 cup (125 mL) unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup (180 mL) granulated white sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon (5 mL) pure vanilla extract
1 ½ cups (375 mL) all-purpose flour
1 ½ (7.5 mL) teaspoons baking powder
A pinch of Ontario salt
1/4 cup (60 mL) whole milk

For the Icing:

1/2 cup (125 mL) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon (5 mL) pure vanilla extract
2 cups (500 mL) icing sugar
4 tablespoons (60 mL) Niagara Cooks pear butter
Dried pears, sliced

Method

Preheat oven to 350˚F (180˚C) and line 12 muffin cups with paper liners. In an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Beat in the vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the flour mixture and milk, alternately, to the butter mixture, beginning and ending with flour. Divide the batter evenly among the 12 muffin cups and bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until nicely browned and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.

To make the icing, cream the butter in an electric mixer until smooth and well blended. Add the vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, gradually beat in the sugar. Add pear butter and beat on high speed until frosting is light and fluffy, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add a little more sugar, if needed.

Once the cupcakes have completely cooled, cut a small hole in the top of each cupcake. Fill the hole with half a teaspoon of pear butter. Frost each with icing and garnish with dried pear slices. Makes 12 cupcakes.
Enjoy!

 

Recipe courtesy of the Ontario Table’s ezine, $10 Challenge: A Year of Eating Local, August edition, by Lynn Ogryzlo. Find more great recipes, featuring the best local food from across the province, in the Ontario Table—available on the Green Living Marketplace.