Apple muffins with pecan topping

Apple muffins with pecan topping

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(6 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins


These muffins aren’t too sweet and are delicious warm with a slice of cheese

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal226
  • fat9g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs32g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre2g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.56g
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  • 350g plain flour
  • 25g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 50g dark muscovado sugar, plus 1 tbsp extra for the topping
  • 50g pecan, chopped
    Pecan nuts



    Related to the walnut, pecans are native to America, and grow enclosed in a glossy, browny-red…

  • 2 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

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    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 1 tsp cinnamon



    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 284ml tub soured cream
  • 1 egg, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 3 eating apples (about 140g/50z each), peeled and cored



    Grown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are…

  • 2-3 tbsp milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…


  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Line a muffin tin with muffin cases. In a small bowl, use your fingertips to rub 50g of the flour together with the butter to make breadcrumbs. Stir through 1 tbsp sugar and the chopped pecans, then set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, sift together the remaining flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and a pinch of salt, then stir in the sugar and cinnamon and set aside. Coarsely grate two of the apples, then beat together with the soured cream, egg and 2 tbsp milk. Make a well in the dry ingredients and quickly fold through the wet ingredients, adding an extra tbsp milk if really dry. Don’t over-mix or your muffins will be tough. It doesn’t matter if there are lumps of flour.

  3. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases – they should be about two-thirds full – then sprinkle over the pecan topping. Thinly slice the final apple, then poke slices into the tops of the muffins. Bake for 20 mins or until risen, golden and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.

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Troy Manzie
3rd May, 2020
These were absolutely delicious!
7th Jan, 2015
These muffins were disgusting, don't waste the time and ingredients on them. Very disappointing. Cooking times rubbish, flavours rubbish. If I could give no stars I would.
21st Jan, 2014
Very tasteless and the pecans didn't stay on top. Wouldn't make this again
27th Oct, 2013
4th May, 2012
i tried these and found them to be absolutely delicious. all my family really enjoyed them and all of them have a sweet tooth. can't understand why it didn't work for some people.
20th Jan, 2012
I agree with the others, really disappointing. Pretty nasty, very tasteless and took a very long time to cook through. Avoid this recipe.
25th Sep, 2009
Tried making these with chocolate sponge and chopped up Orange Segements and peel in, lovely when you got a bit of Orange BUT the sponge was not at all sweet (am I havent got a massivily sweet tooth) and so I would be tempted to add another 25g of sugar. Really easy to make though, I whipped up a batch when my sons friend came for tea. Makes 12 good side muffins and we served them with warm custard which was a hit. the rest are going in the freezer for another time and as they are not quite sweet enough will be drizzled with a little melted choc as a snack for the kids.
26th Feb, 2009
I can understand Gems comment - although I haven`t made these particular Muffins, every-time I have made Muffins, they have been awful - I don`t know if I do something wrong, but the texture is just too `holey` and yes, I agree with Gems, tasteless, so I have given up making them.
13th Feb, 2009
They were great I made them for my husband and he loved them! They were great for his lunch although they did make a lot more than 6 muffins so I used the rest of the mixture to make a loaf cake but was great as well! Will make them again.
25th May, 2008
I thought that these were brilliant, as did my friends. They are great for breakfast served warm!


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