• 200 g (7oz) butter
  • 200 g (7oz) caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 100 g (3.5 oz) milk or dark chocolate, in drops or broken into pieces
  • 75 g (3oz) pecans, roughly chopped
  • 200 g (7oz) self-raising flour
  • 25 ml (1fl oz) maple syrup, for the glaze
  • 12-cup muffin tray and 12 muffin cases


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4), and line the muffin tray with the paper cases.
  • Cream the butter until soft in a large bowl or in an electric food mixer.
  • Add the sugar and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then tip in the chocolate and pecans and fold in with the flour to combine.
  • Divide the batter between the muffin cases, filling each case three quarters full.
  • Bake for about 25 minutes or until golden on top and lightly springy to the touch.
  • Transfer the tin to a wire rack and brush each muffin with some of the maple syrup.
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then remove from the tin and place on the wire rack to finish cooling.