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Maple, Pecan & Chocolate Bars

Maple, Pecan & Chocolate Bars

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These maple, pecan and chocolate bars are the product of my constant note taking when eating any kind of baked treat. The notes section on my phone is overflowing with light-bulb ideas in the middle of the night, childhood favourites to recreate and ingredients I’ve deciphered mid-chew. Some could say baking obsessed, I prefer passionate…!

The chocolate bars are inspired by an unassuming treat sitting by the tills in Abokado – similar to Itsu they serve up sushi, salads, hot noodles and a handful of baked treats. I picked up their Maple & Pecan bar on a whim, not expecting much more than a quick treat for pudding. But I LOVED it! It had a gorgeously moist biscuit base which was bursting with flavour and a really thick layer of dark chocolate on top that provided a delicious snap. I just knew that I needed to recreate it and whilst I haven’t created an exact replica, I love how the chocolate bars have turned out!

maple, pecan and chocolate bars

My chocolate bars have quite a flapjacky taste and texture, but with the added crunch of chopped pecans and crushed digestives. I’ve also substituted some of the golden syrup out for maple syrup, which goes perfectly with the chopped pecans. Although the inspiration for these bars was more biscuity than flapjacky, I actually really like the additional texture that the oats provide. Is there anything better than the buttery smell of flapjacks baking either??

maple, pecan and chocolate bars

One thing I didn’t change at all was the thick layer of dark chocolate on the bars. I really think dark chocolate is a must here, as it balances out the sweetness of the flapjack base. I would also always advise buying the best quality chocolate you can when it is simply being melted onto a bake. It really does make the world of difference! For reference, I always use Green & Blacks cooking chocolate.

The chocolate bars are super simple to make and are almost a one bowl job! I did leave mine overnight in the fridge to set, but its not essential. So long as the chocolate is hard you will be able to cut them into neat little rectangles. Just be careful they’re not all gone the same day, as they’re so moreish!!

Maple, Pecan & Chocolate Bars

Yield: 12

Maple, Pecan & Chocolate Bars


  • 90g plain digestives (about 6)
  • 75g pecans
  • 60g soft brown sugar
  • 250g rolled oats
  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 115g golden syrup
  • 50g maple syrup
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 200g dark chocolate


  • Firstly, preheat the oven to 150C and grease and line a 23cm square baking tin, then set aside.
  • Crush the digestives into small pieces and chop the pecans roughly and then add them both to a large bowl. Then add the sugar and rolled oats and set aside until needed.
  • In a large pan, stir the butter, golden syrup, maple syrup and vanilla over a low heat until blended together. Then take off the heat and pour into the dry mixture, mixing well. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking tin and bake for 30 minutes or until the surface is lightly browned. Then place onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • To make the topping, melt the chocolate over a bain-marie ensuring that the base of the bow doesn't touch the water. Then pour onto the cooled base and spread evenly with a palette knife.
  • Leave to set for 2 hours and then cut into rectangles.
  • http://bakingwithaimee.com/2017/11/07/maple-pecan-chocolate-bars/

    Maple & Pecan Cupcakes

    Maple & Pecan Cupcakes

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    Maple and pecan is one of my absolute favourite flavour combinations, so when I saw these maple & pecan cupcakes in the Primrose Bakery Book I knew I had to try them. Especially now that Autumn is in full swing, it seemed like the perfect cupcake to enjoy with a mug of tea in front of the fire.

    These cupcakes are a breeze to make, without even the need for an electric whisk! I made these completely by hand and the sponge was light and moist and the frosting super smooth. The caramelised pecans may be the only hurdle, as even experienced bakers can have trouble when sugar has a mind of its own!

    For these cupcakes I actually made the caramel twice, as I kept the first batch on the heat slightly too long and it seized. But with caramel perseverance is key – and watching your pan like a hawk! You want to  keep it on the heat just until all the sugar is dissolved and its a light golden brown colour. The caramel will harden quickly, so you’ll need to have your pecans already prepared on baking paper, to aid the pouring process.

    The sponge begins with the creaming method, followed by the addition of maple syrup and then the eggs. At this point the mixture is unsurprisingly very wet and therefore can look a little curdled. But never fear, as once the flour has been folded in the whole mixture is beaten well until its a smooth consistency.

    The mixture makes the perfect amount for 10 American sized cupcakes – muffins to us English folk – and the frosting recipe makes enough for a generous heap on each! The chopped walnuts in the sponge, coupled with the smooth maple frosting and crunchy caramel decoration makes for an excellent combination in these maple & pecan cupcakes!

    On with the recipe: