This healthful muffin gets flipped with the caramelized pear as the garnish on top. total time 45 minutes • makes 6 muffins INGREDIENTS Non-stick cooking spray 3 Tbsp. Fresh Thyme honey 3 Tbsp. unsweetened almond milk 1 Tbsp. Fresh Thyme extra virgin coconut oil Scraped seeds from ½ vanilla bean or ½ tsp. vanilla bean paste 1⅓ cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp. Fresh Thyme baking powder 1 tsp. ground nutmeg ¼ tsp. Fresh Thyme baking soda ½ tsp. Fresh Thyme fine sea salt ¼ cup plus 1 Tbsp. packed brown sugar, divided ½ cup buttermilk ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted 1 Fresh Thyme large egg, room temperature 1 tsp. vanilla extract 3 Tbsp. crystallized ginger, chopped 1 red pear, halved and cored ¼ cup sliced almonds 1½ tsp. water INSTRUCTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Coat a six-well jumbo muffin tin with cooking spray; set aside. 2. In a small saucepan, whisk together honey, almond milk, coconut oil, and vanilla bean seeds over medium heat for 1 minute; set aside. 3. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt. Stir in ¼ cup brown sugar. In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, melted butter, egg, and vanilla extract. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture, stirring until ingredients are well-combined. Fold in ginger. 4. Roughly chop half of pear into small cubes; add to muffin batter. Thinly slice remaining pear. Set aside. 5. Spoon about 1 Tbsp. of honey mixture into each muffin well. Layer 3 to 4 pear slices into each muffin well and fan them out. Fill each well with ⅓ cup batter. 6. Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown and a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack 5 minutes. Run a knife around the edges of each muffin to loosen; invert muffins onto a wire rack and cool completely. 7. In a small skillet, combine almonds and remaining 1 Tbsp. brown sugar. Allow sugar to soften and melt. Add water and cook until almonds and sugar form firm clusters. Cool; crumble over muffins to garnish. Each muffin contains: 339 calories, 13 g fat, 7 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 52 mg cholesterol, 429 mg sodium, 50 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 27 g sugar, 6 g protein. Daily values: 6% vitamin A, 2% vitamin C, 9% calcium, 10% iron. P ear Ginger Upside-down M u f f i n s Ginger This versatile sweet spice comes in many forms, such as fresh, ground, or crystallized. Related to turmeric, its many health benefits include anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. 42 Fresh Thyme Crave | freshthyme.com 038-043 Autumn Spice_template.indd 42 8/14/17 11:55 AM