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Chocolate Pear Muffins

Committee meeting working lunch, 5/17/12

These muffins are chocolate-y enough to be delicious, but light enough to enjoy for a breakfast or snack. If pear is unavailable, you could use apples, berries, or other fruits. Or chocolate chips.

  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup applesauce*
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pear, diced into very small pieces*

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 12 regular muffin cups or 36 mini muffin cups.

In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.

In a medium bowl, mix together eggs, applesauce, milk, water, oil, and vanilla.

Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Very gently stir in diced pear.

Fill prepared muffin tins 2/3 full with batter. Bake until muffins spring back when lightly touched or a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 20-25 minutes for regular muffins and 10-12 minutes for minis.

*Apples and pears can be grown here in Nebraska. You can even make and can your own applesauce.


Southwest Bean and Tomato Stew

Community meeting training session dinner, 3/26/12 – served with mixed rices and barley

Cocoa may seem like a strange addition, but it adds a complex, savory flavor that works well here. This recipe is a great way to use up leftovers, so feel free to put in whatever leftover cooked meats you have on hand.

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