Thursday, September 16, 2010

Pears from the Painter Muffins

The painter we hired to paint our kitchen cabinets came highly recommended.  He did an excellent job and the kitchen looks great.  No one mentioned that he was a painter that steals back into the yard and leaves vegetables and fruits on a customer's back porch.  He does!  First to appear was a grocery bag filled with perfectly ripe tomatoes, green peppers and green beans.  The note attached simply said "Organically Grown - Enjoy".  We did.  Last week, a large market basket appeared on the porch filled with pears and the same note.  I can't wait until spring when I'm going to find some other area in the house for him to paint.  I wonder if he grows asparagus!!

When your painter gives you pears, make....

(Aunt Emma's recipe with my topping)
makes 12 muffins

1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 cup canola oil
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups chopped peeled ripe pears
1/2 cup chopped pecans

In a large bowl,  combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  In another bowl, combine the egg, oil and vanilla and stir into the dry ingredients until just moistened.  Fold in the pears and pecans.  

Fill paper-lined muffin tins about two thirds full.   Top with:


1/4 cup flour
3 tbsp dark brown sugar
2 tbsp butter (at room temperature)

In a small bowl, combine flour and sugar.  Cut in the softened butter until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.

Sprinkle over muffins.

Bake at 350 degrees 25-30 minutes, or until the topping is lightly browned and a toothpick comes out clean.

Serve warm.



  1. Is this also the painter that leaves you the abundance of blueberries too? LOL.

    Oh, how I wish my painter would leave me these type of goodies as opposed to one whopping invoice!

    These muffins look very promising Bonnie ;o)

    Ciao for now,

  2. I need to find a painter like that. The only thing that my painters left was a mess! I don't have any pears, but I have some mountain apples. I wonder if that would be good in the recipe instead? Carla

  3. I have a whole house that needs painted. I'd never had to buy produce again!

    I thought I'd made every imaginable muffin, but I've never made pear muffins. I'm saving this one to try.

  4. Amazing! Kind of restores some hope, doesn't it, people like that! The muffins look delicious!

  5. What a wonderful gift! I need to find this painter too! I would have been so touched by this gift, and like you, I would have hopped into the kitchen to start baking. Thank you for sharing with me!

  6. What a lovely man to leave such a nice gift. I am going to make those muffins. Thank you!!!

  7. LOVE pears! I just bought some today, then Caitlin's boyfriend said, "oh, you shouldn't have, they are all ready to pick in my yard." This guy's parents have the most amazing garden, and we have been eating, cherries, peaches, nectarines. They also have a good veggie garden.
    There is nothing like home grown food :)

  8. Wow---a great Painter and a giving man.... Can't beat that!!!!! How special! I love Bosc pears ---so those Pear Muffins sound really good. Thanks!!!!


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  10. I want a painter like that. I want a muffin like that too!

  11. Man! MY painter does nothing but grumble, moan, and whine- then again that may be because I'm married to him and he's forced to work for free.....
    I'm loving those muffins, but I REALLY want your painter!
    xoxo Pattie

  12. What a wonderful painter! Is he maybe from your church, I've never heard of a handy man doing that, usually they need everything they can get!

  13. What a cute story - nice man! I have some painting that needs doing. What a perfect recipe for this time of year.

  14. Wow! This man is a gem. This is the same guy who knows the history of the neighborhood as well as leaving tasty offerings? God bless him, a true treasure!

  15. Well lucky you!
    The muffins sound delish.


  16. wish that painter was here. my mother made pear preserves, pear pie, pear crisp and stewed pears, but never pear muffins. YUMMY

  17. Muffins look lovely -- great pictures.

    The butternut squash lasagna is now posted on my blog.

  18. First of all, thank you for sharing your memories of wash day with me yesterday. How funny that your mom enjoyed doing laundry and wanted to keep the landury for herself...then again, not so funny, as I'm that way about vacuuming. I LOVE to vacuum, so that is one chore I never allow my kids to help with.

    I can picture those stiff, frozen clothes coming in from the line to be thawed out. That is how my son's jeans are in the winter. I only use the clothesline for sheets and my son's jeans. And while I use the dryer in the winter for sheets, my son won't let his jeans get washed if I don't hang them out!! He doesn't want them to shrink even a millimeter, so he puts up with stiff, frozen jeans.

    Now, about your muffins...they look delicious. My pear trees are giving a zero harvest this year, but when I buy pears at the farmer's market, you can bet I'll be trying your muffins.

    What a gracious and generous man your painter is. He has learned what a joy it is to give to others.

    Have a lovely day,

  19. ....and his name is? What a treat. It is so nice to hear of things like this. Your muffins sound delicious. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  20. I want a painter like that? Usually they just sneak outside to smoke all day!

  21. Did you give a pear muffin back to the painter? That would ENSURE more veggies and fruit. What a nice man. Thanks for visiting!

  22. I live close to you and I need painting done so please send him this way! The pears look delicious and the muffins even better! What a painter!

  23. Well isn't that wonderful! A painter bearing gifts.

  24. That's beautiful. Isn't it wonderful when you have a friend/neighbor that shares his love for his bounty with others? Awesome.

  25. These muffins look gorgeous! I really really liked the wrapper you used for them too.

  26. Thank you for posting the recipe for these yummy muffins. I made a batch this weekend and my family loved them! They look scrumptious in the parchment paper wrapping and it was worth making my own wrappers.

  27. It is harvest season and our office is filled with cases of apples, pears, coronation grapes, tomatoes....

  28. I would love these! Pears are always so good in the Fall...and muffins are my passion! Great recipe! ♥


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