Do you have a Pear Tree?? Here is a YUMMY recipe to use up some of the surplus - use ripe pears. I tried this recipe yesterday to make use of our many pears - very yummy the kids enjoyed them for breakfast this morning. It makes almost 2 dozen - part of the reason for a smaller yield could be that I found the batter VERY YUMMY!!!! I did use 1/2 wheat flour in place of all-purpose and next time I might play with applesauce in place of the oil to make it a bit healthier - but yummy all the same!!
Pecan Pear Muffins
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups chopped peeled ripe pears (about 6 medium pears)
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In another bowl combine the eggs, oil and vanilla; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in the pears and pecans. Fill paper muffin cups 2/3rds full.
Bake at 350 degres for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.