Friday, May 6, 2011

A Winner and Pecans

I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone
who entered the giveaway
and of course to 

The random generator has spoken
number 24
is our winner!

The shortbread will be making it's way 
very shortly to the 
lovely Emily
over at

Congratulations Emily!!!
If you aren't familiar with her blog,
take a moment to sneak a peek,
she has the most amazing photos!
True Random Number Generator  24Powered by RANDOM.ORG

(You'll have to forgive the askew Random Generator,
Blogger was non cooperative this morning and wouldn't
center the darn thing!!)

So now for a yummy recipe that I tried last weekend
and totally loved.
They were gobbled up in no time flat.
With Mother's Day this weekend,
they'd make a lovely addition to any brunch menu!

Pecan and Chocolate Muffins

1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 1/2 oz pecans - finely ground
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup maple syrup (the real thing)
1 cup milk
4 tbsp butter - melted
3 1/4 oz dark chocolate - coarsely chopped into small pieces
chopped pecans - to decorate

12 cup muffin tin lined with muffin papers

Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl and stir in the ground pecans and sugar.
Put the egg,maple syrup, milk and melted butter
 into a second bowl and beat well.
Beat into the dry ingredients, then fold in chocolate pieces.

Spoon the mixture into the muffin papers, sprinkling the top 
with the extra chopped pecans.

Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven 18-20 mins or until risen and golden.
Cool on a wire rack.
Serve warm.

They are delicious!!
They have a wonderful texture with the ground pecans in the batter,
and the maple syrup adds a unique sweetness.

To all my blogger mommies out there,
wishing you a wonderful
Mother's Day this Sunday.
May you enjoy a lovely day with your families.

Happy Weekend everyone!


Emily@VitaNostra said...

Yay! I can't believe I won :) I never win anything! And these muffins look fabulous... we'll be celebrating solo this weekend, but still think we could give these a try!

Happy Mother's Day!

T@PoppyPlacePdx said...

Congrats to Emily :)

She really does have gorgeous photos on her blog :)

Have a very Happy Mother's Day, T. :)

Maria said...

grats to Emily! Happy (Mother's Day) weekend!

Maria said...

thanks for the lovely comment! glad to hear from you. Chocolate Muffins are an all time fav of mine!

Happy Frog and I said...

Congratulations to the winner. I hope you have a lovely weekend :-)

Almost Precious said...

Congratulations to the happy winner, Emily. And thank you so much for following the giveaway results with a delicious recipe so those who didn't win (like myself) can drown our sorrow in something that has tasty chocolate in it. :D

Rebecca at Meadowview Vintage said...

Emily's blog is just lovely! Thanks for the intro.

Those muffins look delicious! And I'm always up for anything with pecans!

I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day Meeling!!

My Life Under the Bus said...

Yeah Emily!!!!

Those muffins look ridiculously delicious - I Hope you have a fantastic Mothers Day : )

Handmade in Israel said...

Yum! Those muffins look delicious. I will give them a try and report back.

Sandra Monat said...

yumm yumm, I love muffins too. Should try to make some. Thank you for the recipe

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

Yummy! I wish they were gluten free!!!



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