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Apple-pecan Muffins With Salted Caramel Pecans
Apple-pecan Muffins With Salted Caramel Pecans

Apple-pecan Muffins With Salted Caramel Pecans

These muffins are a lovely marriage of flavours with light, moist muscovado cane sugar, cinnamon and sweet apples.

YIELDS

12

PREPARATION

25 MINS

COOKING

17 MINS

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE MUFFINS

  • 110g (4oz) Tate & Lyle Light Muscovado Sugar
  • 60g (2½oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature, beaten
  • 75g (3oz) pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium Cox’s apple or similar, peeled, cored & roughly grated
  • 150g (5oz) self raising flour, sifted
  • 1 rounded tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 floz (55ml) maple syrup

FOR THE ICING

  • 75g (3oz) Tate & Lyle Light Muscovado Sugar
  • 110g (4oz) full fat cream cheese
  • 75g (3oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1½ tbsp maple syrup

FOR THE SALTED CARAMEL PECANS

  • 25g (1oz) Tate & Lyle Light Muscovado Sugar
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 24 pecan halves

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan160°C, 350°F, Gas Mark 4.
  2. Using an electric mixer beat the butter and Tate & Lyle Light Muscovado Sugar until light and creamy for about 2 minutes. Add the egg, little by little, beating well between each addition, scraping down the sides from time to time.
  3. Next, add the pecans and apples, then lightly stir in the flour, cinnamon and maple syrup.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases and bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 16-18 minutes until risen and golden. Cool on a wire rack.
  5. Next, make the icing by beating the cream cheese, butter, Tate & Lyle Light Muscovado Sugar and maple syrup together in a bowl until smooth. Swirl the icing over the muffins, then chill whilst you make the salted caramel pecans.
  6. In a small non-stick pan combine the Tate & Lyle Light Muscovado Sugar and 1 tbsp water over a moderate heat for 2-3 minutes until the cane sugar dissolves, stirring all the time. Increase the heat a little and cook briefly to make a dark caramel, then add the salt and pecans and toss to combine. Quickly transfer to the parchment paper and leave to harden for 10-15 minutes. Separate the pecans, decorate the muffins and serve.

CHEF'S TIP

Feel free to add a sprinkle of cinnamon on top of the buttercream for an extra tasty flavor!