Poached Pear Chocolate Muffins with a Raspberry Swirl

 

This recipe puts me in the mood for winter. Pears, poached with orange and spices, are both incorporated into the batter & used as decoration. Aromas of mulled wine, chocolate and raspberry fill the kitchen, making is difficult to resist pulling them out of the oven too early! Do your best to resist- vegan muffins require a slightly longer cooking time than conventional ones. Prep for these muffins is a little fussier than usual. But then, these arenโ€™t your average muffins. Theyโ€™re more decadent, and perfect for the holidays.

What you will need

2 3/4 cups all purpose flour

1/4 cup cocoa powder plus 2 tbp

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon baking powder

3/4 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup coconut milk

1/2 cup pear poaching liquid

1/3 cup coconut oil

1/3 cup safflower oil (can sub other oil of your choice, or do all coconut)

2 tablespoons ground flaxseed

1/2 cup raspberry jam

2 pears- peeled, halved and cored

1 cup red wine

1 orange, outer peel and juice

2 cinnamon sticks

6 cloves

1/4 cup sugar

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