Ginger and Pear Muffins

Do you sometimes feel like you are desperately looking for inspiration, but inspiration doesn't come? I feel very distracted after spending two amazing weeks with our friends and can't get back on track. I often feel the same way after a holiday.

I need to get myself sorted, fast! So please sun, keep shining! It's the beginning of May and the weather changes every day. Sun, rain, sun, rain... I know I live in London. However, can we make a deal? What about sun, sun, rain, sun, sun, rain...? It would be much better! Ok, I should stop complaining.

Well, I have some good news. I don't know if you noticed anything different here. It's not really obvious. So, here's what's new.

Cooking Your Dream got its own domain! Yay! I'm so excited. Actually, P. made me do it. I didn't consider it so important to get my own domain. However, I must confess I felt very excited when I typed in the browser's address bar, hit go and the browser showed me my blog! Sometimes even small things make you happy.

Lost comments are less joyful part of this story. I moved to the new domain on Saturday and none of my comments have come back yet. I still wait and hope.

I know that the sun, flowers, baking, good music, taking photos and my beloved ones always make me happy. You can imagine I was in a ridiculously good mood when we finally managed to visit a local farmers' market on Saturday. I forgot about lost comments and just enjoyed a beautiful day, almost summer-like day. The farmers market was fantastic. I bought some vegetable, olives and rhubarb, P. ate two burgers and then we tasted organic wine. Our curiosity didn't let us leave without one goose egg.

We had definitely more fun photographing the egg than eating it. We decided to make scrambled eggs, but it tasted very different from chicken eggs. I didn't like it. Luckily I still had a few pear muffins. They tasted fantastic!

Ginger and pear muffins

165 g plain flour
120 g whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp grated lemon zest
1-2 tbsp grated fresh ginger
2 large eggs
1tsp vanilla
40g unsalted butter, melted
165g light brown sugar
250ml plain yogurt
3 pears, peeled and diced
1/2 cup plain granola

crumb topping
1 cup plain granola
60g plain flour
100g light brown sugar
pinch of salt
2tbsp sliced almonds
70g chilled unsalted butter

1. Preheat oven to 180C.
2. In a medium bowl combine both flours, baking powder, salt, lemon zest and ginger.
3. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, vanilla, yogurt and butter. Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Gently fold in the pears and granola.
5. Make crumb topping. In a bowl, toss together granola, flour, sugar, salt and almonds. Add the butter and rub between your fingers until it resembles breadcrumbs.
6. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared paper lined muffin pan, filling each cup 3/4 full. Sprinkle with crumb topping.
7. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
8. Let the pan cool for 5 minutes before removing muffins. Remove the muffins from the pan and place them on a rack to cool completely.


  1. Congratulations on your new domain...looks great! The muffins look wonderful. Love the granola topping. And the pictures are exquisite as always!

  2. Congratulations on the new domain! :)

    Gorgeous photos, my favourite is the second last one with the spoon all poised to dig into the delicious muffin.

  3. Congratulations on your new domain Sari it looks gorgeous! And it is so much more satisfying (which ok, I admit is weird, as it's just a name!) to have your own domain out there! Love the muffin shots! I think I have tasted a goose egg once, when my dad received one from a friend ages ago, but I can't remember what it tasted like. Was it really that different? Gotta try again. You made me curious!

  4. Bright and absolutely lovely Sari. Your blog is shining gorgeous! Love your pictures... all of them are winners!

  5. I bet they taste fantastic, they look gorgeous!
    The light, the flowers and the sun look gorgeous as well, I think for the first time in history English weather is better than Italian one!
    You have sun, rain, sun, rain... we have rain, rain, rain, sun, rain, rain, rain!
    It's not fair at all!!
    Can't wait to meet you in London!
    Congratulations on the new domain! :)

  6. Loving your new domain! Congratulations! And stunning pics as usual! My dad makes goose eggs all the time and I have to say I don't particularly dislike them but I do prefer chicken eggs.

  7. Beeeeeautiful
    Every picture a winner
    And the muffin recipe sounds gorgeous

  8. Congratulations on arriving at your own domain! How exciting!
    I never ate a goose egg but I'm wondering which farmer's market you are talking about as I sometimes visit Blackheath and might see you there?

  9. Ginger and pear combo for this muffin sounds really divine Sarka! Photographs are stunning!

  10. Beautiful photography and muffins! Congrats on the new domain name :)

  11. Wow your photographs are absolutely beautiful! And those muffins tops look absolutely amazing.

  12. How has it taken me so long to find your blog? I'm absolutely smitten!

  13. Love the muffins and your photos are stunning. Lilacs are my favorite!

  14. It's nice having your own domain, I agree. Beautiful pictures - you have a lovely blog. And ginger and pear? Yum.

  15. OMG, these look amazing! I love your photography, you're really so talented! Are you coming to the food bloggers connect in London in June?

  16. Hi, I just discovered your blog and have been going through all your old posts drooling over the photos. Great work!

  17. Congrats on your new domain! Lovely pictures as usual and sending some Californian sunshine vibes to you over the Atlantic!

  18. Congrats again on your own domain - thank God it was still available! Love the photos.....

  19. Hi Sari! Congratulations on your new domain! Doesn't it feel great? I too didn't think it was important at first but it was thrilling to type it once it happened! Don't worry about the lost comments - you'll get more anyway! :) Lovely muffins. I hope you don't think this is a silly question but is pier the same as pear?

  20. Love the flowers and your cupcakes. I have never added ginger into cakes. Wonder how it taste like. Love the crumbly top. Congrats on your own domain!

  21. Thank you everybody for your lovely comments! They really mean a lot to me!

    @Sarah - Never visited Blackheath farmers market. But I see it's every Sunday, should give it a try! I was at a tiny local market in Manor House Gardens.

    @Anne's Kitchen - thank you so much for the nice praise! Look forward to meeting you at Food Blogger Connect! :)

    @Danielle - thank you, I think your vibes are slowly coming! The weather is getting better! :)

    @Trissa - Oops, pear and pier are quite different! :) This is a silly typo! Corrected. Thank you so much for pointing this out!

    @MaryMoh - I love ginger in almost everything, but the taste wasn't very strong here. However ginger goes perfectly with pears.