Apple, maple and pecan muffins

This is by no means a recipe which speaks of any kind of austerity. They are great in the afternoon and play very well with a good cup of coffee. I made them because I needed to use up a bit of maple syrup. It was taking up space in the cupboard and threatening to crystallise. Though this was an experiment, I was rather pleased with the results and it really is an amazing combination even if I say so myself….. If you wanted a more wholesome breakfast muffin you could of course give the icing a miss and add maple extract to the muffin mix – though this would be a very sad omission.

The apple and pecans are in the muffin mixture, while the maple addition is added in the cream cheese icing.  I am obsessed with cream cheese icing – there are so many things you can do with it, so many different flavours to be tried. I always thought of icing as something that I didn’t like and would leave behind the sickly, tooth achingly sweet goo. This is all-together a different kind of affair.



Without further waffling I’ll write you the very easy recipe.



75g unsalted butter

75g castor sugar

200g plain flour

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 tsp baking powder

pinch of salt

100ml yogurt

100ml of milk

175g pealed, cored and cubed apple

30g chopped pecans

1 large egg


200g full fat cream cheese

2-3 tbs maple syrup or to taste

1 tbs icing sugar



  • Preheat the oven to 200C / gas mark 6
  • Muffin cases in muffin tins or just grease the tins
  • Gently melt the butter and leave to cool
  • Combine the dry ingredients in large bowl
  • Use a measuring jug to beat together the egg, the melted and cooled butter, milk and yogurt
  • Mix the apple and pecans with the dry ingredients
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and gently fold together. Lumps are fine, just don’t over mix it or you won’t get light muffins
  • Spoon into your muffin tins and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden and well risen.


  • Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, making sure you sieve the icing sugar first
  • If the mixture gets too runny add more icing sugar / and or put it in the fridge.

Eat greedily with or without company.