Pecan pie….

…muffins.

A lot of the blogs I read are starting to buzz with the coming Thanksgiving Holiday over the Pond. Turkeys and pumpkins and sweet potatoes and cornbread and cranberries and pecans.

Not all in the same dish (though, come to think of it, it might just work)

So I was feeling the need to join in in some little way.

Couldn’t quite face tackling a turkey. Not yet.

But Pecan pie? Hmmm.

I really wasn’t in the mood for facing down the pastry making demons again, but pecan pie in muffin shape? That might just work.

I took the basic elements of pecan pie but added a little maple syrup to the mix- which I don’t think is at all authentic in a pecan pie, but maple and pecan do go together so very well.

The result? Well, not the prettiest muffin but it tastes darned good!

Ingredients
110g softened butter
110g brown sugar
2 eggs beaten
1/2 tsp vanilla
2tbsp maple syrup
65g plain flour
60g pecans
1 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to Gas 4

Cream the butter and sugar.

Add the eggs, vanilla and maple syrup and mix well.

Sift together flour and baking powder and add to the mixture, beating in well.

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Stir in the pecans

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Spoon into muffin cases and top each with half a pecan.

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And bake for about 25 mins.

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Not the most inspiring looking things, resembling, as they do, nothing more than cow pats. But they do taste good.

I’m thinking an extra spoonful of baking powder next time might make them more aesthetically pleasing and less redolent of the farmyard 🙂

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