I'm going to try this on the weekend as I have some pears laying around.
150g softened butter
150g caster sugar
150g plain flour, sifted
1/2 cup milk
1 tbs baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 pears, peeled, cored and sliced
1/2 cup flaked almonds
Preheat oven to 170c
Line a medium 12 cup muffin pan.
Beat together all ingredients, except pears and almonds, in a bowl with an electric mixer - until light and creamy.
Spoon mixture into each cup - lay a couple of slices of pear on top of each and sprinkle over almonds.
Bake for 18-20 minutes.
Cool on wire rack.
This can also be baked in a greased and lined 20cm springform pan @ 180c for 45 minutes.