Rosemary Pear Olive Oil Muffins ~ Muffin Monday

by FoodBabbles on October 10, 2011

This week’s muffin is yet another recipe you can eat guilt-free. Anuradha decided to give us a recipe for olive oil muffins. I was so excited to see that because the last time I made an olive oil cake the results were magnificent! After making that cake I was immediately a fan of olive oil in baked goods.

Once again, olive oil is the star flavor in these incredibly moist muffins and it’s complimented with both lemon and orange zests. For my variation, I decided to add finely diced pears and minced fresh rosemary. These muffins are a barely sweet muffin brimming with little fruit pieces perfect for any time of day.



Rosemary Pear Olive Oil Muffins Adapted from Giada de Laurentiis

Yields 12 muffins

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup sugar

4 large eggs

1 Tablespoon orange zest, finely grated

1 Tablespoon lemon zest, finely grated

2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 Tablespoons whole milk

3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon finely minced fresh rosemary

1 pear, small dice

– Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with 12 liners.

– In a medium bowl, blend together the flour, baking powder and salt.

– In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, blend together the sugar and eggs until pale and fluffy.

– Beat in the vinegar and milk then gradually beat in the olive oil.

– Add the flour mixture and stir just until combined.

– Stir in the rosemary and diced pears.

– Fill each muffin liner until almost full.

– Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a tester comes out with moist crumbs attached. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

– Enjoy!

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Baker Street October 10, 2011 at 12:08 am

Rosemary and pear is another excellent combination! Your muffins look gorgeous! I love those cute green liners you used!


FoodBabbles October 10, 2011 at 11:46 am

Thanks An!


Maya October 10, 2011 at 12:14 am

We had the same idea with the herbs, except mine was basil. I love your combination of pear and rosemary, and can’t wait to give your version a try!


FoodBabbles October 10, 2011 at 11:45 am

Loved your addition of basil!! Yum!


Bianca @ South Bay Rants n Raves October 10, 2011 at 1:25 am

Wow, sounds like it’s perfect for fall with the rosemary & pear. Will have to try this variation soon! The muffins look so moist.


FoodBabbles October 10, 2011 at 11:45 am

With all that olive oil and fruit they were definitely moist 🙂


Anita Menon October 10, 2011 at 2:19 am

Simple and elegant. Cute green liners. Loved baking with you this week.


FoodBabbles October 10, 2011 at 11:45 am

Thanks! Always a pleasure baking with all of you 🙂


Jonell Galloway October 10, 2011 at 6:40 am

I love the chunky pear idea. I’m going to post this on my site!


Kristen October 10, 2011 at 9:06 am

Love the addition of pear and rosemary. I love pear and wish I could try these 🙂


FoodBabbles October 10, 2011 at 11:45 am

Thanks! They were really tasty


Barbie October 10, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Wow, I admire you for taking the muffin up a notch higher. At first, I was scared to bake with olive oil, but trusted Giada’s recipe. Heheh. I love rosemary in grilled stuff, now I’m curious how it actually tastes in muffins.

Looking at them though, I think they’re awesome! 😉


FoodBabbles October 10, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Thanks Barbie! I love using herbs in baked goods… especially basil and rosemary.


Stay-At-Home-Chef October 10, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Diced pears and minced fresh rosemary?! Fantastic!! Must have tasted great…what a lovely flavour combination. Happy Muffin Monday 🙂


Carrie @ poet in the pantry October 11, 2011 at 10:11 am

What a great combination! I bet they were delicious! Though I admit, I would have been afraid to put rosemary in something sweet. 😉


FoodBabbles October 11, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Yes, it’s always a little nerve wracking to try a flavor that’s out of the norm but I decided to give it a go and it definitely worked!


Jersey Girl Cooks October 11, 2011 at 2:50 pm

I love this combination! And of course I love all of Giada’s recipes.


FoodBabbles October 11, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Thanks Lisa!!


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