These muffins positively need more sugar, at least for our taste preferences here! I would increase it to 3/4 or even 1 full cup of sugar, if you like them sweeter. (And our pears were very ripe and sweet---but they still need more help.) When I made them, I added an extra 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, added 1/4 tsp. ginger and doubled the nutmeg and cloves. I THINK with added sugar they might be pretty good. I was in a huge hurry, trying to get them made in time for my son to have with his smoothie before school, so cut the pear up in too large of chunks. I'd recommend to dice it in small cubes---and I used 2-1/2 small pears to make a heaping one cup. We didn't find them dry at all, the texture was nice. I did use King Arthur white whole wheat flour, which might have helped with the nice texture. I only used 3/4 tsp. almond extract, but could easily have used the full teaspoon, since I didn't taste the almond at all. Didn't add the chopped almond--and if I did, I would definitely use the blanched almond slices and chop them finely. Otherwise, like another reviewer said, you're going to have little rocks in your muffins.
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These muffins positively need more sugar, at least for our taste preferences here! I would...