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Gooseberry Patch’s Review and Recipe 5: Pecan Pie Muffins


Okay, I know you may be tired of hearing this but ANOTHER WINNING RECIPE from Gooseberry Patch’s Quick & Easy Autumn!   Seriously delicious.  Seriously quick (and easy).  And super easy to convert to gluten free! I switched up the size tin it called for and used a mini muffin tin.  And they are so rich that two mini muffins was just right for me with my morning coffee.


Pecan Pie Muffins

Regular or Gluten Free

  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour (just substitute your favorite gluten free all purpose flour)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter or coconut oil melted and cooled slightly

Mix pecans, brown sugar and flour in a large bowl; make a well in the center and set aside.

ppmuffins1aIn a separate bowl, beat eggs just until foam appears.  Stir in butter or oil.  Add to pecan mixture, stir just until moistened. Spoon batter into muffin cups greased only on the bottom, filling about 2/3 full.*

ppmuffins1b Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until golden**.


Promptly remove from muffin tin.  Cool on a wire rack.  Makes 9 ***


In my gluten free version I also added a 1/2 cup chopped dates – a great addition!

* I used a mini muffin tin and lined it with paper muffin cups

** I reduced the baking time to 18 minutes

*** Made 30 mini muffins

I fixed the girls a little box to take to school with them today.  Yes, school is actually college :) Putting the rest in the freezer for snacks later on!


If you want to get your name in to win this great cookbook, just leave me a comment after each recipe and consider yourself entered.  Each recipe you comment on enters  your name again! Please share this giveaway with your friends if you facebook or have a blog.  Then on April 15th I will draw the winner.  I picked April 15th to give us something fun to do that day!  I hate tax day and I know many of you do too!  So we will soften the blow of mailing that check with a wonderful NEW GOOSEBERRY PATCH COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY!!!



NotQuiteJuneCleaver’s Spring Fling Giveaway and SO much more!


Happy Spring!  I promised you a giveaway and here it is!  I will be giving away three lovely prizes! The first prize will be this vintage patchwork apron I grabbed up on one of mine and Rachel’s antiquing excursions.


I love this apron! A lot.  So please know how much I want some who will love it as much to have it! And with the apron you will get this vintage cookbooklet from 1950! It is FULL of great recipes and some amazing ads! You will love it.

Second Prize will be a bag of  my personal blend coffee (beans or ground) and this ADORABLE coffee mug!Q5EVU

And last but not least, a pound of granola (if you have a special request such as no nuts, I will happily oblige) and  a tin of loose chocolate chai tea!

So there you have it!  THREE prizes and now THREE ways to enter!

  1. Leave me a comment on this post. Tell me about Spring’s arrival at your house.
  2. Steal the button below, talk about this giveaway on your blog/facebook,  if you have one and tell me so I can take a peek.
  3. If someone leaves me a comment and says they surfed over here from your blog or facebook page, I will add your name AGAIN.

I will be posting more pictures soon.  Jumping back in with a great giveaway like this feels GOOD!  And will be a great way to introduce you to my new shoppe.

Thanks to all of you have been so faithful and keep stopping by even when I have been MIA.  Talk to you all VERY soon!

Oh okay…I will give you a recipe to round out this post.  This is for those who will, like me, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day next Wednesday.

Bailey’s Fudge Cake

1/2 cup butter softened
1 cup brown sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup chocolate syrup
2/3 cup Baileys Irish Cream
1 teaspoon instant coffee
1 cup flour
1/2 cup chopped pecans
pecan halves

3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels melted
1/4 cup sour cream room temp.
1 tablespoon Baileys

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9″ round cake pan. Cream butter and sugar, blend in eggs. Add chocolate syrup, Baileys, coffee crystals and flour, mixing until well blended. Fold in chopped pecans. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake for 55-60 minutes., until center is firm and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pan onto wire rack to cool. Dip one end of pecan halves halfway into melted chocolate to coat, place on waxed paper and chill.

To remaining melted chocolate add sour cream and Baileys. Spread over top of cooled cake that has been placed on a serving platter, letting some chocolate drizzle down side of cake. Decorate with dipped pecans. Cool to set topping.


First GiveAway of 2010! And find out how to get your recipe published in my next cookbook!

WOW it is somekinda chilly here this morning.  Its a little after 6 a.m. and the mercury says its 22F and it “feels like” 14F.  What does that mean?  Is it 22 or is it 14?  Even the little birdies are trying to stay warm!

n1558315783_140922_5164I will have to check their feeders today.  And put out some warmer water for them.  I am sure there is not a drop of water outside that isn’t frozen.

I hope you can all manage to stay warm today – being inside will likely be your best bet!  While you are in sipping your hot beverage, why not leave me a comment and consider yourself entered in the first GiveAway of 2010!  Yep!  You heard me!  Tell me about your very favorite winter beverage and leave me the recipe if you like.  What’s the prize you ask?  Oh, there is more than one prize!! You can win one of these:


Cool huh?  I have just a couple of copies left of each and I want two of you to have them! I will draw for them next Friday! Feel free to share this on your own blog if you like!

Now, about the other brainstorm I had! How about a Friends of NotQuiteJuneCleaver cookbook! Sound like fun??? Yeah, I thought so too! I will give you more details as I get them finalized.  The title of the book is “Friends of NotQuiteJuneCleaver Cook!” You know you want to join me in this project!  Here are the things I do know for sure:

  • I need you and your help/input/recipes if this is going to happen!
  • each recipe will bear the name of the person submitting it
  • photos of the recipe are welcome – color please! (used at my discretion)
  • photos of you are welcome as well :) how about in your favorite apron?
  • recipes need to be tried and true and double/triple checked for accuracy please
  • you may submit more than one recipe if they are in different categories (example: a cookie, a casserole, a side)
  • contributors will be able to buy as many copies as you wish at cost plus shipping – naturally the more pages, the more it will cost but I will keep it below $20US before shipping (this isn’t a commercial project for me) I will be donating my time putting it together
  • since I have set a $$ limit this means a page limit so as soon as you have all the info, get your recipes/photos/info in!
  • recipes from places other than the US are MORE THAN welcome, but please give US measurements along with your usual measurements.

Does this sound like fun or what!? I will be posting all the particulars on how to submit your recipes, photos, deadlines  etc by next Friday in a separate post from the giveaway post. I would love to have this project ready for your consumption by Mother’s Day 2010.  Can we do this?  Let’s do our best!  I will be working on two other cookbooks along with this one, so your contributions are essential.  If you don’t participate, it won’t happen!

Let’s start 2010 off with some fun!

And why don’t you join us over at the NotQuiteJuneCleaver Forums!

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