Chocolate and Pear Muffins

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12 muffins
Prep time
10 mins
Cooking time
20 mins

These Chocolate and Pear Muffins are perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. They are moist and fluffy, super rich, not too sweet, with a juicy sliver of succulent pear.


  • 200 g plain flour
  • 50 g cocoa powder
  • 120 g icing sugar
  • 110 g butter
  • 40 g olive oil
  • 100 g dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
  • 1 tsp bicarb. of soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 150 g milk
  • 2 medium eggs


  • 2 pears (not too ripe)


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (conventional oven)
  2. Halve and core the pears, then cut each half into thirds.
  3. Place the muffin ingredients in the Stand Mixer bowl and work into a creamy dough using the wire whisk (speed setting 2–4). Stop mixing as soon as the ingredients are well combined.
  4. Divide the mixture evenly in a 12 cup muffin tray and place a slice of pear on top of each.
  5. Bake the muffins in the pre-heated oven for 20 minutes.
  6. Leave to cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before removing the muffins from the tray.

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