Pear & toffee muffins

Pear & toffee muffins

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(34 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins


Makes 12
These gooey muffins are delicious warm when the toffee is still melty - you can reheat them in the microwave

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per muffin

  • kcal257
  • fat11g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs36g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre0g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.62g


  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

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  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 85g golden caster sugar
  • 250ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 2 eggs, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 100g butter, melted



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 2 ripe pears, peeled and cut into small chunks



    Like apples, to which they are related, pears come in thousands of varieties, of which only a…

  • 100g soft toffee, chopped into pieces



    There are few secrets to toffee. It is simply sugar that has been

  • 25g flaked almond


  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Line a 12-hole deep muffin tin with paper cases. Tip the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and a pinch of salt into a large bowl, then stir in the sugar. Mix together the milk, eggs and melted butter in a large jug and pour into the dry mix all at once, along with the pears and a third of the toffee pieces. Stir briefly until just beginning to combine – the batter should still be quite lumpy and have streaks of flour.

  2. Divide the mixture between the cases, then sprinkle with the remaining toffee and the flaked almonds. Bake for 25-30 mins until the muffins are risen, golden and feel firm when pressed (the molten toffee will be extremely hot so be careful not to touch it). Remove from the tin to a wire rack to cool.

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27th Jun, 2020
Have just made these cakes and didn't use any toffee, instead adding 40g chopped almonds. And the cakes are lovely! Great flavour and texture. However, mine only needed baking for 20 mins - all ovens are different but just something to bear in mind (you might want to check on them slightly earlier than the recommended 25-30mins)
4th Jun, 2020
Just made these and they have turned out lovely! I’m not great at muffins but these have turned out really well. I ran out of self raising flour so I referred to a standard muffin mix, using plain flour and extra baking powder, popped them in the fan oven for 23 minutes and they are amazingly fluffy inside. Not sure the toffee is the strongest flavour but I definitely have a nice cinnamon and pear flavour coming through.
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23rd Sep, 2015
Beautiful muffins, the pear and toffee compliment each other really well.
14th Sep, 2015
Tried these for the second time, and this time they were perfect! So happy with them as they taste really good. I'd fiddle a bit with the recipe next time though, as I put all the toffee in the mix and it seemed like a lot of it leaked out and that there was too much pear but I think with minor adjustments they'd be even better!
12th Sep, 2015
I made these a while ago and unfortunately I over mixed the batter using an electric hand mixer. The muffins never rose and came out very dense! So disappointed :(
11th Oct, 2014
I made these just now. They taste good, don't take long to make. Recipe says 12 muffins, but I managed to make 48 cupcakes...
3rd Apr, 2013
Made these with rolos, was really looking forward to eating them but fairly disappointed though they were quite bland
6th Feb, 2013
Ooops - forgot to rate and as they were so delicious they deserve 5 stars !
6th Feb, 2013
I made these last night and, although I have read the previous comments, decided to make them to the recipe (well almost, I put all the chopped fudge in the mixture and none on top). I took them to work this morning and they were all eaten immediately with very favourable comments. They were delicious and moist and will be made again before the weekend !!
3rd Feb, 2013
Forgot to rate them!


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12th Sep, 2015
Make sure you only mix the batter enough to have blended the ingredients and then stop, as if you over mix the batter the muffins will not rise and will be very dense.
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