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These muffins have Sunday brunch written all over them. Nutty brown butter and chunks of pear are mixed into a whole wheat batter along with caramel candies that melt into ooey-gooey goodness. Kate, Recipe Hunter

Kate Swanson, NoshOnIt Recipe Hunter

THE RECIPE

Brown Butter Caramel Pear Muffins

Breakfast, meet your match

How many average, dry, boring muffins have you had in your day? A lot, right? Well, after baking a batch of these, everything will be right in the world once again! Stephanie uses a combination of whole wheat and all purpose flours for a light nutty flavor and to make things just a bit healthier. One of the ingenious tricks of this recipe, though, is stirring brown butter into the batter, giving the muffins a depth of flavor that you just can’t achieve in any other way. Big chunks of pear are studded throughout along with chopped caramel candies that melt into ooey gooey goodness as the muffins bake. Topped with a crunchy streusel topping (which we’ve talked about before), there’s something about these muffins that is just irresistible. Enjoy them with a big cup of coffee or tea and get your day started off right.

THE CHEF

Stephanie Wise

Freelance Writer, Recipe Developer

Stephanie Wise from Girl Versus Dough

Girl Versus Dough is my love letter to food. Whether it's fresh-baked bread or a simple salad, my hope is that readers get hungry and feel inspired to make something at home that brings their families together at the table.

Stephanie is the blogger and recipe developer behind Girl Versus Dough, where she shares her love for homemade, seasonal recipes from her Twin Cities kitchen. What we absolutely love about Stephanie is that by reading her recipes, you’ll become inspired by her passion of working with your hands and the joys of eating something that you made completely from scratch. As a self-taught baker, she challenges herself in the kitchen with things like homemade breads and shares the results of her experiments with us. Her love of food is infectious so check out her blog, head to the kitchen, and don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty.

Head over to Girl Versus Dough and say hello to Stephanie on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

THE TIP

Baking Tip: Keep Fresh Fruit from Sinking

To keep pieces of fresh fruit from sinking in baked goods, toss them with flour before adding to the batter. The flour helps hold the fruit in place.

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