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March 19, 2008

Pecan goodness

Filed under: Dessert — Tags: , — peoplewhoeat @ 9:15 pm

Anyone who loves a good dessert would agree when we say there’s nothing like a good old-fashioned pecan pie. But once tagged “grandma’s favourite” , many recipes immeditely request a larder full of spices that god knows if they even make anymore. Irene, another of our friends who shares this unfathomable passion for baking decided that we should for once, try to exclude chocolate from our baking extravganzas and see what comes of it. A few stares of disbelief and a handful of gasps later, we decided to embark into uncharted territory. This pecan pie recipe is so ridiculously simple that buying the pie shell would just be excessive. Plus, half the joy of dessert is preparing it anyway. Give it a go…you shall be amazed.

                                                                                                                                       

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Pecan Pie*

Ingredients
For the sweet pastry:
225g/8oz plain flour
110g/4oz caster sugar
110g/4oz butter
4 egg yolks

For the pecan filling:
3 eggs
110g/4oz sugar
4 tablespoons golden syrup
2 tbsp rum
50g/2oz butter, melted
a pinch of salt
a few drops vanilla extract
175g/6oz pecan halves
 

Method
1. Make the pastry by putting all the ingredients into a food processor and whizzing until you get a dough.
2. Remove and place in a plastic bag and put into the fridge to relax for 1 hour.
3. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Line a 9in/23cm pie tin with the pastry.
4. Break the eggs in a large mixing bowl and beat well and then beat in the sugar. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
5. Pour the mixture into the pastry case and bake for 10 minutes and then reduce the oven heat to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and bake for another 30 minutes or until the top of the pie is golden. Check if it s cooked through by inserting a skewer, it s done if it comes out clean.
6. Turn out of the tin when slightly cooled and serve warm or cold with vanilla ice cream or a spoonful of crème fraiche.

*feel free to :

1. Leave out the rum  

2. Substitute half the pecans with walnuts as pecans can be quite expensive

3. Substistute the ice cream/crème fraiche with just plain single or double cream

4. Screw they food processor… we just mixed it using our hands and it worked perfectly.

It will taste just as good……….

                                                                                                              

Eat well… because life’s too short not to….

tina & chloe

*recipe adopted from BBC food : http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/database/pecanpie_12453.shtml

                                                                                       

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