Sunday, December 20, 2009

Recipe of the Week - Pear & Cranberry Cupcakes

Week 23

Pears, apples & cranberries are favorite flavors of the holiday matter where you are from! 

Pear & Cranberry Cupcakes

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 cup self-rising flour
1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
1 pear - peeled, cored, and diced
1/4 cup dried cranberries (Craisins)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, then beat in the eggs, one at a time. Sift the flour and apple pie spice into the mixture and fold in, then stir in the diced pear and dried cranberries.

Spoon the mixture into the cupcake liners and bake for about 18 minutes until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely. 

Frost with your favorite buttercream recipe! 

Garnish with dried or frosted cranberries! 

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