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Sunday Magazine Recipe: Chamomile and honey muffins with ganache & roasted pears

These little tea cakes are super light and unassuming, but somehow the flavour is quite complex. I love that they are not overly sweet, making them great for any time of day, but served with ganache and roasted pears, they make an elegant, decadent dessert.

Chamomile and honey muffins with ganache and roasted pears
Makes 12 muffins

1 ripe pear, unpeeled, cut into thin slices
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp butter, melted
300g ground almonds
2 organic chamomile tea bags, leaves only
pinch sea salt
1 tsp baking soda
60g unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 tsp vanilla extract
⅓ cup runny honey
2 large organic eggs

100ml cream
100g 70% dark chocolate, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 200C fan bake.

Fill a 12-hole muffin tray with cupcake cases and line a baking tray with baking paper. Place pear slices onto the tray and drizzle with honey and butter. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until soft and caramelised. 

Reduce oven temperature to 170C fan bake.

To make the muffins, use an electric mixer to combine dry ingredients.Gradually mix in melted butter, vanilla, honey and eggs. Evenly divide batter between cupcake cases. Bake for about 25 minutes or until golden in colour and springy to the touch. Transfer to a rack and allow to cool.

Meanwhile, make the ganache. Heat cream in a saucepan until small bubbles start to appear on surface. Take off heat and drop in chopped chocolate. Stir until it is melted through; the ganache should be thick, smooth and glossy.

Photo: Emma Boyd