From: Thurston House Bed & Breakfast, Searsport, Maine


      Honey Pecan Gems

      Gem is an old-fashioned work for muffin.  This recipe doubles well, but works best in miniature muffin tins.

Serves 4

  • 2 tablespoons lard
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • I egg
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • turbinado sugar

Preheat over to 400'F.  Microwave the lard, nuts and honey together for about 21/2 minutes or until the lard melts, or melt in a small saucepan over low heat.  Sift the dry ingredients together into a bowl and add the nut mixture.  Beat together the milk and egg and add to the batter, mixing only until moistened.  Divide the mixture among 12 mini muffin cups that have been greased with butter or spayed with nonstick cooking spray.  Sprinkle on the turbinado sugar and bake 12 minutes.