Preheat oven to 375F. Oil a 12-cup muffin pan.
Mix flour, baking powder, and salt together. Stir in pecans.
Beat syrup and butter, then add the egg. Add water, vanilla, and the dry ingredients, stirring just enough to mix.
Spoon into muffin pan, and bake 12 to 15 minutes.
Note: I usually add a handful of chocolate chips to the muffins. Just a variation! :o)