I love the praline pecan muffins sold at Publix. Does anyone have a recipe I could try?
Jennie Miller, Crystal Beach
Thomas C. Rizzo Jr. of Largo shares a recipe for Jennie. Thomas offers some variations too. He suggests adding ½ cup of dried apricots or 3 mashed ripe bananas. If you fill the muffin cups as directed, these bake up perfectly consistent. When you bake the second pan of muffins, be sure to fill the empty muffin tins halfway with water. The muffins will bake more evenly. Next time I would add more toasted pecans and maybe some cinnamon. I toasted the pecans in a pan on the stove top. They can also be toasted in the oven. It is imperative that the butter is cooled, otherwise you may cook the eggs.
St. Petersburg resident Karen Marshall remembers a German chocolate pound cake her mother used to make in the 1970s. It had a chocolate icing, and both the cake and icing recipes were on the Baker's German chocolate package for years. She has searched cookbooks, the Kraft online recipe collection (Kraft now makes Baker's chocolates) and even wrote to Kraft with no success. Her hope is that a reader saved the package so that she can enjoy this delicious cake.
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