THIS MONTH, I RECEIVED ANGELS HOMESTEAD.
APRIL HAS SOME FABULOUS RECIPES…THIS BEING ONE OF THEM!!!! PECAN PIE MUFFINS!!! THAT WAS ALL I NEEDED TO HEAR. I HAD TO GUILD THE LILY A BIT AND SERVE THEM WITH SALTED CARAMEL. OH YES, MY FRIENDS-WE HAVE A WINNER!!!!! THANKS FOR A GREAT BRUNCH TREAT, APRIL!
Pecan Pie Muffins with Salted Caramel
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped pecans, (I toasted mine first in a dry skillet until fragrant)
2/3 cup butter, softened
2 eggs, beaten
*I also used coarse sugar & cinnamon for the topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with paper liners.
In a medium bowl, stir together brown sugar, flour, pecans, butter and eggs until smooth. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups 3/4 full. Top with coarse sugar and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Bake at 350 degrees for 18 minutes. Cool on wire racks when done.
Makes 12 regular size muffins-
I halved the recipe above for a small batch and it worked perfectly!!!!! Serve with salted caramel.
BEST SALTED CARAMEL RECIPE-
2 cups sugar
1 2/3 cups heavy cream (WARM IT IN THE MICROWAVE FIRST)
2 Tbsp salted butter
3/4 tsp coarse sea salt
Method to make the caramel sauce:
1. Spread the sugar in an even layer in a large metal pot, at least 6 quarts. Set over a moderate heat and cook without stirring, until the sugar near the edge just starts to liquify.
2. Use a wooden spoon and begin stirring, encouraging the melted sugar around the edges toward the center, delicately stirring up any sugar melting on the bottom as well. The sugar will start to look pebbly as it cooks, but keep going until it is melted completely and an amber color. If you think it is cooking too fast, lower the heat and keep stirring. Be patient.
3. Continue to cook until the sugar turns deep brown. Once brown, take it off of the heat!!!!
4. Time to add the cream but here is my trick….only add a DROP at a time and stir, stir, stir. This will eliminate the seizing of your caramel and you will love me for this trick. Keep adding a drop at a time and stirring until all of the cream is mixed in. Be patient…you have a lot of cream so this will take a few minutes. Once smooth, add butter and salt. Let cool. Will store in fridge up to one month. HA! As if it will last that long…ever!!!! TOO delicious!! Makes 2 cups.
HEAT GENTLY IN MICROWAVE WHEN READY TO SERVE WITH MUFFINS!