Tuesday, September 18, 2012

sticky-pecan muffins

 The other day I got a copy of Elizabeth Alston's Muffins: Sixty Sweet and Savory Recipes ... From Old Favorites to New for a quarter (I recognized it - I think my mom may have a copy at home). I have made my mother's French breakfast puffs twice now, and thought I could deviate a little in my muffin-making run. So, since today was the first truly chilly day of September and Autumn is almost upon us, I made cinnamon-oat Sticky Pecan Muffins. They were delicious! Like pecan rolls but healthier and easier to make.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup oat bran or whole oats
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract

Topping: 1/4 c butter, 1/4 c brown sugar, 1/2 c pecan pieces.

Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly butter one muffin tin (recipe makes a dozen muffins).

Mix dry ingredients except for the brown sugar in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together brown sugar and eggs, then add milk, butter, and vanilla. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

Place an additional:
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
in a bowl and melt in the microwave for about 45 seconds, or until the butter is melted. Mix with a fork, and distribute the mixture evenly amongst the muffin cups. Sprinkle a few pecan pieces in each cup, and then pour the muffin batter on top, until all of the cups are about 2/3 full. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden around the edges and firm on top.


  1. I do have that muffin recipe book and it is quite a good one. How fortunate that you found it. At work early, to go home early and have lunch with M and friend and mom and then back to work. Wish I had one of those muffins for breakfast. cjs

  2. OK, I'm cracking up because I also have that muffin book and use it all the time! The blueberry muffins are my go-to (although I don't smash up the blueberries like the recipe says. I'm a rebel that way.). Will you be serving those to my daughter tonight?? :)

  3. Ah how funny!! I am glad both of you have that cookbook! And, yes, they will be dessert! Tor

  4. I just came back from a run with Lorna and wanted to show her your embroidery and having your blog up on the comp on the island, I took another look at the muffins and think I probably should make them VERY SOON. We'll have to finish the ollalieberry pie first. Love the little philosophy for the day.cjs