tahini red pear muffins tahini red pear muffins Israeli Kitchen Red pears make a great muffin ingredient. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

Tahini red pear muffins

Sesame, cinnamon and red pear blend in harmony in this delicious and unique muffin.

  • Yield: 9 jumbo muffins
  • Prep time: 30 minutes
  • Cook time: 25 minutes

I’ve been on a bit of a tahini streak lately (is that a thing?). First I made black tahini, then green tahini, drizzled tahini onto an awesome sub, added it to chocolate chip cookies and banana bread, used it to garnish and flavor guacamole stuffed mushrooms – and now this: A moist, super sesame-flavored muffin, with caramel notes from the dark brown sugar and baked red pear, and a crunchy cinnamon and sesame topping.

It’s different, it’s delicious, and if you like tahini (or are crazy over it, like moi), this one’s for you.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup pure tahini
  • 1 red pear, finely diced
  • Topping

  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350. Line large cupcake pans with paper liners, and spray with non-stick spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon and baking powder.

Add egg, milk, oil and tahini and stir just until barely incorporated – there should still be lumps of flour.

Add in diced pear, and mix gently using just a few strokes (overmixing will yield rubbery muffins).

Use an ice cream scoop or large spoon to fill muffin liners almost to the top. (I used 2 scoops in jumbo muffin tins. If using basic/medium sized muffin tins, 1 scoop will do the trick but reduce cooking time to 15-18 minutes.)

Mix sesame seeds, turbinado sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over muffin tops.

Bake 25-28 minutes, or until tops spring back when lightly pressed.

Transfer to wire rack to cool. Can be frozen once they are completely cooled.

tahini red pear muffins This is not your average muffin – it's much better. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

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