On a Saturday morning I felt that the best way to start everyone’s day was to bake muffins. But I was tired of the usual Banana Chocolate Muffins or Blueberry Muffins – even if they are always a hit in my family. So I opened my Evernote and looked for either something unusual or something I had never baked before – and for which I already had all the ingredients in my pantry. That brought me to the Praline and Cream Pecan Caramel Muffin recipe.
I discovered pecans when I first moved to the United States. Even in my early travels to America I had not had the pleasure of tasting this incredible nut. I just love its flavor and texture, and if I could, I would use it in most of my pastries. To me, it’s the American equivalent of the Italian hazelnut; so distinctive that it makes a statement when it’s added to any dessert.
According to Britannica, “Pecan, (Carya illinoinensis), is a nut and tree of the walnut family (Juglandaceae) native to temperate North America. Rich and distinctive in flavor and texture, the pecan has one of the highest fat contents of any vegetable product and a caloric value close to that of butter. ” No wonder it’s so delicious!
I was definitely sold on the muffins, so I adapted them to be gluten-free and here is the recipe for you to enjoy.