When your painter gives you pears, make....
(Aunt Emma's recipe with my topping)
makes 12 muffins
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup canola oil
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups chopped peeled ripe pears
1/2 cup chopped pecans
In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In another bowl, combine the egg, oil and vanilla and stir into the dry ingredients until just moistened. Fold in the pears and pecans.
Fill paper-lined muffin tins about two thirds full. Top with:
1/4 cup flour
3 tbsp dark brown sugar
2 tbsp butter (at room temperature)
In a small bowl, combine flour and sugar. Cut in the softened butter until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.
Sprinkle over muffins.
Bake at 350 degrees 25-30 minutes, or until the topping is lightly browned and a toothpick comes out clean.