Urgh…… Blah….. Drab . Winters . Day
No clothes are on the line today and all that is left of my summer frangipani tree is its skeletal frame and a courtyard carpeted in wet decaying leaves.
But speaking of cups of tea – ahh…now THERE is something i love about winter and i often find am continually putting the kettle and brewing up a nice hot cup of tea.
And these little warming nuggets of pear, oat and cinnamon may just brighten my day even more.
I had some ripe pears in the fruit bowl and they are perfect for this treat. This recipe is another one ripped out of that paper a long long time ago. It was a Matthew Evan recipe – which he got from a friends mother. I have made them lots of times and this time i made them with a wholemeal spelt flour. I have made them with normal plain flour as well. They seem to work well with either flour without needing to change the moisture content.
They are warmly spiced with cinnamon and cloves, slightly sweet, have a little tang of citrus and an earthiness from the pear and oats. What more could you ask for?
Combine the flour, oats, baking powder and lemon rind in a bowl. Give it a good mix.
Grate two medium pears – with the skin on – and add the flesh and juice to the flour mix. Give it a gentle mix and set aside.In a saucepan or microwave proof bowl combine the milk, butter, golden syrup and brown sugar. Warm up until butter melted and the add bicarbonate soda – bubble bubble toil and trouble. Quickly add to the flour and pear mix and stir with a wooden spoon.
The final mix is quite wet but do not be alarmed. The oats draw up a lot of moisture.
Whip into greased baking trays and into a moderate hot oven for 20 minutes.
Oh, that’s better…maybe I like winter a little after all.
I love these warm with a good wallop of butter. But they are also nice on there own.
Now all that is in order is to pick up Master 5 years from preschool, rush home , slip my cold feet into warm ugg boots and put the kettle on. Afternoon tea is ready!!
What about you – What gets you through the winter?
Pear and Oat Muffins
2 cups of wholemeal spelt flour (or use plain flour)
1 cup rolled oats
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
2 ripe pears, grated at the last minute
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1 tbs brown sugar
1/4 cup golden syrup
1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
Preheat oven to 190 deg celsius. Grease a 12-hole muffin tin.
Mix together the flour, rolled oats, baking powder, cinnamon and cloves
Grate the pear and stir in the flesh and lemon zest to the flour mix. Set aside.
Heat milk, butter, sugar and golden syrup in a large saucepan or a heatproof bowl in the microwave. Remove from the heat and add the bicarbonate soda – stir. It will froth up. Tip into the flour mix and stir lightly to combine. Spoon into muffin tray and bake for 20 – 25 minutes.