Monday, July 22, 2013

PECAN PIE MUFFINS SERVED WITH WARM, SALTED CARAMEL

IT'S TIME FOR THE SECRET RECIPE CLUB REVEAL AGAIN!!! FOR THE SECRET RECIPE CLUB, EVERYONE IS GIVEN THE NAME OF A BLOG (SECRETLY) AND YOU CHOOSE ONE RECIPE TO MAKE FROM THAT BLOG. THEN, EVERYONE POSTS AT THE SAME TIME ON THE SAME GIVEN DAY....TODAY!!!! IT IS FUN TO DISCOVER WHO HAD YOUR BLOG AND TO REVEAL THE ONE YOU WERE SECRETLY BAKING/COOKING FROM ALL ALONG!

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!  
RECIPE BELOW!
 
















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-

Ingredients:

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!
  




11 comments:

April Tuell said...

Wow, what a great idea to top these with salted caramel! You did a fantastic job with these muffins Danielle. :)

PS: My family and I LOVED your Coconut Macaroons that I made!

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

Pecan pie is such a weakness for me! Love them in a muffin!

Debra Eliotseats said...

This proves that you can absolutely turn any dessert into a muffin. Beautiful!

Erin said...

I saw the little thumbnail in the linky and knew this one had to be yours. The pictures are amazing and the pecan pie muffins? Holy heck! I'll take 6 of them for breakfast right now.

Chelsy Ethridge said...

These pictures are about to make me faint. These looooook sooooooooooooooo good!

Veronica Gantley said...

What a great muffin recipe and looks super tasty.

Cinnamon Freud said...

Yum, you had me hooked at caramel sauce

Desi said...

mmm mmm good! Salted Caramel Sauce on anything is a winner in my eyes!

Bea Long said...

I love this recipe. I had forgotten about this site and just found it. I am so thrilled! You all have been busy and baking, cooking up a storm and I am so sad I lost this site!!! My heart is now HAPPY again!!

DANIELLE said...

thanks everyone! glad ur back Bea!

Deanna - Teaspoon of Spice said...

Wowza do these look amazing - that salted caramel sauce looks out of this world :)

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