Ontario pear squares with maple icingby The Ontario Produce Marketing Association | 2 years ago | 924 page views
Channels: Dessert Delights, The Ontario Produce Marketing Association
The Ontario Produce Marketing Association offers another use for pears in this recipe that would be great for a quick breakfast, an afternoon snack or a delicious dessert.
Ontario pear squares with maple icing
1 cup Ontario pears, peeled and cubed
½ cup sugar
1 cup buttermilk
5 tbsp butter, melted, cooled
zest from one lemon
1¼ cups flour
¾ cup cornmeal
1 tbsp baking powder
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
¾ cup icing sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
4 tbsp maple syrup
1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease and flour two, 12-cup square or regular muffin pans. In a food processor, add pears and sugar and pulse until coarsely chopped. Set aside for later use.
2. Whisk together in a large bowl – buttermilk, butter, lemon zest and eggs. In a medium-sized bowl, add flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and stir to combine. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until combined – do not over mix. Fold in reserved pear mixture.
3. Divide batter evenly among pans and bake for about 20 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the centre of the squares comes out clean. Cool completely before removing from pan.
4. For icing: whisk together icing sugar, vanilla and maple syrup in a medium-sized bowl until a smooth icing consistency is formed. For a thinner consistency, add an extra tbsp of maple syrup. Place cooled muffins on a baking tray lined with parchment or wax paper. Drizzle the icing on top and allow it to set for a few minutes before serving.
Makes 12 squares and 1 cup of icing.
Per serving (1 square): about 224 calories, 4 g protein, 6 g total fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 39 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 45 mg cholesterol, 221 mg sodium. %RDI: iron 8%, calcium 7%, vitamin A 5%, vitamin C 2%.