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pear ginger macadamia muffins (vegan & gluten free)

11th December 2019

For this recipe, I used Amy Chaplins gluten-free muffin base recipe from her new book ‘Whole Food Cooking Every Day’ and combined it with two of my favourite recipes – Peach Ginger Muffins and Pear Ginger Cornmeal Cake.

She goes on to say, “I discovered textural magic (and a gorgeous golden crumb) with a combination of millet flour, oat flour and almond flour. These flours, along with plenty of ground flax seeds, becomes a winning base from which an endless number of variations have stemmed.”

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There are four parts to this recipe, the pear topping, the wet ingredients, dry ingredients, and macadamia crumb – once these four parts are assembled and ready, the muffins come together easily. I used the variation option (see below) in this photo and cut the pear into cubes, adding a ¼ cup into the batter and remaining on top.

pear ginger macadamia muffins

To make the different flours, place separately and in small quantities, whole millet, almond and oats in your high-speed blender and grind to a flour. Make in bigger amounts and store in the freezer.

Preparation – 20 minutes.

Baking – 35 minutes.

Makes 10 -12 muffins, depending on the size of your muffin cups.

pear topping

2 small/165g pears (the smaller fit nicely on top)

1 Tbsp coconut oil

1 Tbsp maple syrup/coconut sugar

1 heaped tsp grated ginger

macadamia crumb

½ cup/70g macadamia nuts, roughly chopped

2 Tbsp coconut sugar

2 Tbsp maple syrup

cake

¼ cup/22g ground flax seeds

1 cup/225g almond milk

⅓ cup/70g melted coconut oil

¼ cup/75g pure maple syrup or coconut sugar

¼ cup/75g orange juice, freshly squeezed

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

½ tsp fine rock salt

1 small/80g pear, grated (skin and all)

2 heaped Tbsp/25g crystallized ginger, finely chopped 

2 Tbsp freshly grated ginger

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1 cup/130g millet flour

½ cup/45g oat flour (gluten-free)

½ cup/45g almond flour

1 Tbsp baking powder

preparation

1.  Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a standard muffin pan with 10- 12 paper liners and set aside. 

2. In a medium bowl, combine the ground flax seeds and almond milk from the cake ingredients, whisk to combine and set aside while you prepare the pear topping.

pear topping

3.  Halve the pears, remove the seeds, cut into quarters and then each quarter into three slices about ¼-inch thick. Set aside.

4.  In a skillet over medium heat, add the oil, sugar and ginger, melt the mixture, stirring gently to combine. Cook until the mixture begins to bubble, about 2 minutes, then add the pears, toss the pears to coat them with syrup, cover and allow to simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

macadamia crumb

5. In a small bowl, place the macadamias nuts, sugar and maple syrup, stir to combine – set aside.

cake

6.  To the flax mixture, add the coconut oil, maple syrup, orange juice, vanilla, salt, grated pear, ginger and crystallized ginger.

7.  In another bowl, combine the millet flour, oat flour, almond flour and baking powder, breaking up any clumps of almond flour, using a spatula stir the wet ingredients into the dry until combined, then spoon the batter into the muffin cups filling them three-quarters full.

8.  Toss the pears to coat them with the pear juices and lay 2 – 3 slices over each of the muffins. Spoon any extra juices over the muffins.

9.  With your fingers, crumble the macadamia crumb on top of each muffin.

10.  Bake for 35 – 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of a muffin comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow the muffins to sit for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool. Allow to cool completely before serving, this allows the structure to set resulting in a tender crumb.

Note:

  • If melted coconut oil is added to cold ingredients, it will clump and harden. If wet ingredients are cold, not at room temperature, don’t add the coconut oil until right before combining the wet and dry ingredients.

Variation:

  • For extra sweetness, replace the orange juice with maple syrup or coconut sugar.
  • Chop the pears into cubes instead of slivers, add ¼ cup/90g into the batter and the remaining on top.

pear ginger cornmeal cake (vegan)

14th January 2018

Just a few months ago we moved all the Jivana Yoga classes from our living room in the main house to the new ‘Sadvidya Space’ located at the very back of the property.  It is a beautiful, wild, and natural space overlooking the fruit orchard and the vegetable garden. To get there it is quite a journey, entering through a unassuming green door, stepping into and away from the hustle and bustle of old Sintra; you then weave your way past the main house, following the signs that lead along a cobbled stoned path through a lush green forest full of moss, all the while listening to the soft and sweet melody of the birds above.

Already something of yourself has softened and a natural quietness begins to present itself from within. You continue to pass an old chapel canopied under richly, scented eucalyptus trees which loom above, and there you find yourself at a door of the ‘Sadvidya Space’ where one can enter into the warmth and escape the attraction of the external world to travel inwards for a few hours.

I like to think of this journey from the ‘Green Door’ to the ‘Space’ as preparation for our inward practice, helping us to begin to let go along the way.  This is also where I like to test my new recipes and serve them after class to our lovely group on Saturday mornings. This pear and ginger cornmeal cake disappeared quickly!  

´The Sadvidya Space´

pear ginger cornmeal cake

8  servings

The ginger and pear are perfect together and the ginger is subtle enough that it lingers. A very easy dessert for morning or to prepare for a large group.  I like to bake this in a wider baking tray (6.5-inch x 10.5-inch) almost like a slice if using a smaller tray or skillet the cake may need more cooking time.

pear topping 

4 small/370g firm pears

2 Tbsp butter/ghee/coconut oil

2 Tbsp brown sugar

dry ingredients 

1 cup/135g cornmeal

½ cup/75g wholewheat flour

½ cup/75g unbleached white flour

2 tsp baking powder

½ tsp fine rock salt

1 heaped tsp ginger powder

wet ingredients 

¼ cup almond milk

¼ cup olive oil

¾ cup maple syrup (maple syrup can be replaced with ½ cup sugar)

2 Tbsp crystallized ginger, finely chopped 

garnishing

2 Tbsp brown sugar

½ cup roughly chopped macadamia nuts

preparation 

1.  Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.  Line a baking pan or oil a round 8-9 inch cast iron skillet.

2.  Prepare the pear topping, halve the pears, remove the seeds, and slice each half into fours about ¼-inch thick. Set aside.

3.  In a skillet over medium heat, add the butter and sugar, melt the mixture, stirring to combine – cook until the mixture begins to bubble, about 2 minutes.

4.  Add the pears, toss the pan to coat them with syrup, cover and allow to simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

5.  Prepare the cake, whisk together the cornmeal, flours, baking powder, salt and ginger powder in a mixing bowl.  Set aside.

6.  In a separate bowl, combine the nut milk, olive oil, maple syrup, and crystallized ginger.

7.  Combine the wet and dry ingredients.  Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon; do not over mix, pour into the baking dish or oiled skillet, you may need to spread the batter out with a spatula.

8.  Arrange the pears, toss the pears to coat them with the pan juices and individually lay the pear slices decoratively in even rows over the top of the batter, drizzle with the remaining pan juices. Sprinkle with a little brown sugar and the roughly chopped macadamia nuts.

9.  Bake until golden for approximately 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Serve with a dollop of cream or Greek yoghurt.

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creamy oats with maple roasted pear & toasted macadamia

11th September 2015

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If you keep walking past the plum-tree, the mulberry, quince, and further down past the peach tree, right next to the two different variety of apple trees, there is a small, but a rather abundant pear tree with the most charming, bite-sized pears. After much research, I discovered it may be a Beth, a late Summer producing pear tree.

I was out early one misty morning, as I like to do. Walking the garden after my silence practice, watching the light change – I ventured out just as it became light enough to see, to take in the moist air, the morning chorus and the silence of the garden. Always with my camera in hand as the light is so soft and magical at this time.  It was a particularly misty, magical morning, as Sintra is known for. I could almost touch the clouds moving past.  It was just me, the ducks and swans, and this pear tree.

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I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright. ~Henry David Thoreau

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creamy oats with maple roasted pear & toasted macadamia

The roasted pears are subtle and delicious.  They make a wonderful sweet dessert with ice-cream or yoghurt.  You can use any sort of nuts or seeds.  I had brought two big bags of macadamias from my recent trip to Australia and have been using them in everything.  I love their smooth, buttery flavour.

serves 2 

porridge 

1 tsp ghee or a mild tasting oil

¾ cup steel-cut oats, small or large

1 cup water

1 cup nut milk, of choice

tsp fine Himalayan salt

roasted pears 

3 small, firm, ripe pears

1 Tbsp ghee/oil

2 Tbsp maple syrup or liquid sweetener of choice

for serving 

2 Tbsp ground flaxseed

½ cup macadamias, roughly chopped  

cinnamon powder for sprinkling

preparation

1.  Preheat the oven to 200C/400F.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with baking paper and set aside.

roast the pears  

2.  Peel the pears, cut in half and core.  Place on the baking sheet, drizzle with ghee and maple syrup, then toss gently – roast for 25 – 30 minutes or until browning.  About 6 minutes before the pears are ready, place the nuts on a separate, or if there is room, on the same tray and continue to roast until golden.  Remove from oven and set aside.

to make the porridge 

3.  In a heavy-based saucepan over medium heat, melt the ghee, add the oats and stir around in the ghee until a nutty aroma fills your kitchen.

4.  Pour in the water, nut milk and salt, and bring to boil, stirring continuously for about 15 minutes. Keep stirring until the oats are creamy and tender, then turn off the heat and stir in the ground flaxseed.

5.  Divide the porridge amongst the bowls, place a roasted pear half or two on top with a scoop of the caramelized syrup mixture off the tray.  If desired, drizzle over a little more honey or syrup and a drizzle of melted ghee.  Sprinkle with the toasted nuts and cinnamon powder.

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