Malty pear & dark chocolate muffins

Malty pear & dark chocolate muffins

The nostalgic-yet-subtle flavour of malt makes a pleasing base for these muffins. Grab one for an indulgent breakfast or serve up for a well-received teatime treat. 

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  • Serves12
  • CourseDessert
  • Prepare25 mins
  • Cook25 mins
  • Total time50 mins
  • Pluscooling

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  • 80g unsalted butter, softened
  • 130g golden caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 140g plain flour
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp fine salt
  • 50g Ovaltine Original Add Milk Malted Drink
  • 160ml buttermilk
  • 2 pears, peeled or unpeeled, cored and chopped into chunks
  • 100g dark chocolate, chopped into chunks


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with muffin cases. In a large bowl, use an electric hand mixer to beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes). Beat in the egg until smooth and combined.

  2. Sift the flour into a bowl, then use a fork to whisk in the bicarb, baking powder, salt and Ovaltine. Using a large metal spoon, fold into the butter mixture with the buttermilk until just combined (do not overmix). Gently fold in most of the pears and chocolate (reserving some of each to decorate). Divide the mixture between the muffin cases, sprinkle with the remaining pear and chocolate chunks, and bake for 20-25 minutes until slightly risen, cooked through and a skewer comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Enjoy warm or at room temperature.


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938kJ/ 224kcals



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