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Sweet Potato Pecan Muffins (VRP 200)

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Embrace the essence of fall with Sweet Potato Pecan Muffins, a delightful treat that blends the earthy sweetness of sweet potatoes with the crunchy richness of pecans. Perfect for breakfast, a snack, or a side at dinner, these muffins bring a cozy warmth to any meal. Easy to make and irresistibly delicious, they’re sure to become a staple in your autumn baking repertoire.

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Sweet Potato Pecan Muffins

A Short History:

Sweet potatoes have long been a staple in American cuisine, cherished for their versatility and nutritional benefits. Pecans, with their deep roots in the southern United States, add a classic, nutty flavor that pairs perfectly with sweet potatoes. The combination of these two ingredients in muffin form is a relatively modern twist, offering a nod to traditional flavors with a contemporary flair.

Timeline:

  • Pre-Columbian Era: Native Americans cultivate and use sweet potatoes in various dishes.
  • 17th Century: European settlers in North America are introduced to sweet potatoes and begin incorporating them into their cooking.
  • Late 19th Century: Pecans become widely cultivated in the U.S., enhancing the country’s nut production and culinary uses.
  • 21st Century: Creative recipes like Sweet Potato Pecan Muffins emerge, showcasing the fusion of classic ingredients in new, delightful ways.

Tips for Perfect Sweet Potato Pecan Muffins:

  • Fresh Sweet Potatoes: Use fresh sweet potatoes for the best flavor and texture. The natural sweetness and moisture contribute to the muffins’ delicious taste.
  • Toasting Pecans: Lightly toast the pecans before adding them to the batter to enhance their flavor and add a crunchier texture.
  • Don’t Overmix: Mix the batter just until the ingredients are combined to ensure the muffins remain tender and fluffy.
  • Bake Evenly: Use an ice cream scoop to evenly distribute the batter among the muffin cups for uniform baking and perfectly shaped muffins.
  • Serving Warm: These muffins are best enjoyed warm, allowing the flavors of sweet potato and pecan to shine through.

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Sweet Potato Pecan Muffins

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Sweet Potato Pecan Muffins Recipe

Sweet Potato Pecan Muffins offer a delightful way to enjoy the flavors of fall. Whether you’re looking for a special breakfast treat or a tasty snack, these muffins are sure to satisfy. Their easy preparation and comforting taste make them a fantastic choice for bakers of all levels. Warm, nutty, and sweet, they’re a perfect reflection of autumn’s bounty.

Sweet Potato Pecan Muffins

Sweet Potato Pecan Muffins

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 sweet potato (about ½ pound), peeled and finely grated
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

    1. Heat oven to 375°F. Grease six 3-inch crown muffin-pan cups. In large bowl, with electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla until blended.
    2. In medium-size bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with milk, beating just until combined. Fold in sweet potato and pecans. Using ice-cream scoop or large spoon, divide batter among greased muffin-pan cups.
    3. Bake muffins 25 to 30 minutes or until centers spring back when lightly pressed with fingertip. Cool muffins in pan on wire rack 5 minutes. Remove muffins from pan and serve warm.

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