Maple Glazed Pear Jam Doughnut Muffins
# Behind the Curtain Dessert Challenge

Its time for another round of Behind the Curtain Dessert Challenge. This month Sheryl challenged us to prepare a dessert with pear and maple. With my spiced pear jam in hand I knew exactly what I wanted to prepare...Maple Glazed Doughnut Muffins with Pear Jam filling...

I had booked this recipe by Nigella a while ago. The muffins looked cute and attractive and I was certain that my son and husband would like it ... Well. I was partially right about that. Husband loved it. So did I. But our son refused to taste... which meant more fluffy yummy muffins for us :D...  We enjoyed them with our evening tea, then at midnight with some hot milk and again for breakfast the following day. Thankfully I had made a small batch or else we would still be feasting on them and then felt guilty about eating so many muffins at a go.....

 Maple Glazed Pear Jam Doughnut Muffins
Preparation Time : 20 minutes                             Cooking Time: 20 minutes                                 Yields: 6
  • for the jam filling
    • 6 tbsps spiced pear jam (recipe here)
    • 1 tsp water
  • for the muffin batter
    • 1 cup all purpose flour
    • 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 80 ml tepid whole milk
    • 55 ml vegetable oil
    • 1/3 ripe banana, mashed
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1/3 cup sugar
    • 1 tbsp plain yogurt
  • for the maple glaze
    • 2-1/2 tbsp unsalted butter
    • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
    • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
    • pinch of salt
  • cinnamon sugar for garnish (optional)
  • To prepare the jam filling, put the jam and water in a microwave safe dish and heat for 10-15 seconds and keep aside.
  • For the muffin batter
    1. Grease 6 muffin cups or 6 outer holes of a muffin tray.
    2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
    3. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl and keep aside.
    4. Put the milk, oil, mashed banana and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl and beat lightly till you have a uniform mixture.
    5. Add the sugar into the liquid mixture and beat till it is well incorporated.
    6. Now gently fold the flour-mixture into the liquid mixture taking care not to over-beat or else the muffins will become tough.
    7. Lastly stir in the yogurt into the batter.
  • Once the batter is ready, put 1 tbsp of the muffin batter in a prepared muffin hole, spoon 2 tsps of the jam filling on top of the batter and then put a little more than a tablespoon of the batter on top. At this point take care so that the jam filling is guarded by the batter on all side or else it will leak.
  • Repeat the process and fill in the prepared muffin holes/cups.
  • Transfer the muffin tray into the preheated oven and baked for 20 minutes till the muffins have risen and a nicely golden on top.
  • Remove the muffins from the tray and let them cool while you prepare the maple glaze.
  • For the maple glaze
    1. Heat the butter over medium heat until melted.
    2. Then stir in the maple syrup and vanilla extract and mix well.
    3. Switching off the heat, stir in the powdered sugar and mix well till a smooth uniform solution is formed.
  • Dip the muffins into the prepared maple glaze, coat them on all sides with the glaze and let the glaze settle, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Sprinkle some cinnamon sugar on top  and serve.
  1. Nigella's Jam Doughnut Muffins, The Guardian.
  2. Maple Glaze inspiration from Simply Scratch.

I shall be sharing this at the following parties.
Bake Fest @ Cooks Joy


  1. This is one fantastic looking recipe. You do such a great job. Come and visit us this week. We are giving away a Delta faucet for your kitchen valued at nearly $700! You will love it!

  2. These sound fantastic and the perfect combo between a muffin and a donut! I love the filling with the glaze and they're simple enough to bake up for breakfast or dessert...

  3. These look and sound great. I always have a problem with fillings "leaking" from my cupcakes when I fill them this way. I think I just go overboard with filling, I need to remember that I don't really need that much! HUGS!

  4. I love every single thing about your doughnut muffin.

  5. wow fantastic doughnut muffins dear :)

  6. Thank you so much for taking the time during this busy season to share your wonderful post with Full Plate Thursday. Have a wonderful weekend and hope to see you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. Yup, you've done it again. I enjoy visiting your site, as I hope you like visiting Kneaded Creations. I am pinning and google+ ing. Hope you visit again soon at http://www.kneadedcreations.com. Thanks for sharing your recipe at the Best Blog Recipes Weekend Retreat! Deb @ Kneaded Creations

  8. I've never even though about filling muffins, only cupcakes, but now I'm thinking about all the delicious combinations. Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party!

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.


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