Haven’t got time to make Pecan Pie this Thanksgiving Day?
Why not give my Thanksgiving Pecan Muffins a try . You’ll have them prepared and in the oven in less than ten minutes – and you can make them in advance if you wish.
They are packed with Pecans and deliciously sweet – just like Pecan Pie. You can serve them hot out of the oven or cold – or re-heat them if you made them in advance. And there’s nothing to stop you serving them with a dollop of ice-cream or cream – or both!
This recipe will make around 12 average sized pecan muffins – and to make things simple I use a ‘cup’ measure. The cup should hold around 8 fl oz / 250 ml of liquid.
Thanksgiving Pecan Muffins – Ingredients
- Two cups of self raising flour
- Quarter cup of raw sugar (or other sugar)
- Half cup of chopped Pecan nuts
- 4 oz / 100g butter (or usual spread)
- 1 cup of milk or soy (I use soy)
- 1 egg
- 2 Tablespoons warmed Maple Syrup or Honey (I use honey)
- Approx 12 whole Pecans (for decoration)
- Spray oil
- Extra 4 Tablespoons warmed Maple Syrup or Honey
- Extra sprinkling of raw sugar
Thanksgiving Pecan Muffins – Method
- Mix together in a bowl the flour, sugar and chopped pecan nuts
- Gently melt the butter in a separate bowl (the microwave is a good option here)
- Add the milk, egg and warmed honey to the melted butter and mix well (again, the microwave is a good option to warm the honey)
- Add the liquid mix to the dry ingredients and mix together
- Use spray oil to coat a 12 muffin tray, then add muffin mixture
- Place a whole pecan nut on top of each one (see photos above)
- Bake in a moderately hot oven until browned and just firm to the touch (around 12-15 minutes)
- As soon as the muffins come out of the over, drizzle the extra warmed honey over each one, then sprinkle with a little extra raw sugar
- Allow to sit in the tray for a few minutes then remove them and cool slightly on a wire rack
Handy Hints and Variations
- You can use wholemeal flour instead of white, or a combination of the two
- You can make extra large or small muffins, just make sure you adjust the cooking time accordingly
- The extra warmed honey and sprinkling of raw sugar make these pecan muffins sweet, a little ‘sticky’ and a bit ‘crunchy’ on top. It’s optional, but well worth the extra effort.
- You can make them several days before Thanksgiving and freeze until the day. Defrost thoroughly, and if you wish to serve them warm, just pop them in the microwave.
- If you do plan on freezing them, it might be a good idea to do the final extra step (drizzling with honey and sprinkling with raw sugar) on the day you are serving. Do this after warming them in the microwave.
- You are allowed to make these pecan muffins any time of the year – not just Thanksgiving – and I recommend you do 🙂
Happy Thanksgiving to Americans all over the World. Have a wonderful celebration with family, friends and fine food.
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