Tuesday, December 22, 2009

TWD—Dorie’s Favorite Pecan Pie

Beth at Someone's in the Kitchen With Brina chose our recipe this week for Tuesday’s With Dorie.   She chose a pie that I’ve never made before.  (Shock!)  We made “Dorie’s” Favorite Pecan Pie.  I love pecans and I would say I probably love pecan pie, but I haven’t really had it much in my life.  I’m talking a bite or two.  Not sure why.  My mom loves pecan pie.  Do not set a whole pie in front of her.

Well, actually, I’d love to have shared one of these pies I made with her and I would have let her eat the whole thing.  I knew I would like the pie.  And I knew no one else here would.  So I only made 1/3 of the recipe (Why 1/3?  Because the list of ingredients were easy to cut into thirds.)  One third of the recipe made two cute little 4 inch pies and nine mini muffin tin size “pies”.  I made these and took them to my friends who enjoyed them, well, and then they didn’t eat them all, so I brought a few of them home and I nibbled on some over the last week.

For the crust, I used some leftover pate brisee’ from Thanksgiving that I’d had in the freezer.  I omitted the espresso powder and cinnamon from the filling.  But I certainly did not omit the chocolate!  I made the 4 inch pies in my cute little tart pans and cut little circles out of the pie crust to fit in the mini muffin tins.  The filling was super simple. 

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I definitely don’t think I over baked these, but I’m not sure they should have baked a little less.  I baked the 4 inch tarts for 10 minutes at 425 degrees then 8 minutes at 350 degrees.

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I baked the little minis for 5 minutes at 425 degrees and 7 minutes at 350 degrees.  If you like a little chocolate and a little nuttiness with some great, buttery crust, these are de-lish!

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Like I said, I haven’t had pecan pie much before, but THIS

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THIS is now “My” Favorite Pecan Pie, too.  And I can’t really say it’s Dorie’s, since I didn’t include all the things she did to make her favorite.  But I love how pecan nutty it was and you certainly can’t go wrong with chocolate!  Thanks for the fun pick this week, Beth!  You can get the recipe on her blog.

And check out all the other pecan pies over at Tuesday's With Dorie.

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Taylor, Taylor, Taylor, or is it Super Mario? 

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Did you know you can “buy” fake mustaches in those 25 Cent bubble gum machines now?  Yep.  You know, some have different, really cheap, annoying toys.  Well, you can also get mustaches.  And I’d never seen or heard of that before, but Parker was at the store with me a couple weeks ago and begged me for a quarter to get a bubble gum.  Next thing I know, he has on a mustache and no gum.  So apparently, Taylor thought it was pretty cool and had to get one, too, recently.  He did NOT want me to take his picture and is NOT happy that I got this one while he wasn’t paying enough attention.  Stinkin’ cute, I must say!  At one point, he had on a cowboy hat, too.  It’s really a good thing the boys don’t ever see what I post on the blog.  It’ll be fun to tease them with it all someday!

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season!

 

These are so fun!  I’ve made one with the boys, one with Kevin and I, our friend’s Bob and Tes and just today posted a lovely one of my parents on their Facebook page.  I’m sure they’re thrilled!   You can do one, too!

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24 comments:

Beth said...

Thanks for baking along with me this week! The mini pies are adorable!!

spike. said...

It was amazing pecan pie, right? Glad you enjoyed it- and love the minis!

Karen said...

What fun! Glad yours little pecan tarts turned out so well. Those mustaches are really funny! :)

Flourchild said...

Great looking pies..cool idea to make tarts! I loved this recipe too!

bakingwiththeboys said...

cute pics of the boys! I made this but haven't posted yet. Have a great holiday!

Lauryn said...

your pies are so cute! I made minis as well and I loved them!!! deee-lish!

Katy said...

Love your mini pies -- they look great!! I may have to try that next time. Mine is still baking so we'll see how it turns out... :)

Romaine said...

I DO like lots of crust with a little bit of pecans and chocolate. Bet I would love your minis.

Anne said...

Your mini pies are too cute! Seriously! Hope you guys have a wonderful Christmas! :)

Tia said...

minis are too cuuuuuuuuuute!

Kayte said...

Yep, stinnking cute! Love that mustache! Your little tarts are stinking cute, too. I have yet to make this as we are sweet-ed out over here, even the guys. Last night they wanted turkey wrapped asparagus and a cheese ball with crackers to munch on during the IU game...usually it's some sort of sweet they ask for as a treat. The pie will need to wait, but am excited as it was such a hit at your house. Merry Christmas!

misswendy said...

Yes, I saw this one of your kids!! I had heard about the "elf yourself" thing, but seeing your kids on the blog is what inspired me to do ours. I don't know where you have the one of you and Kevin?

Lillian said...

Those are very cute. The pie's even better with the espresso and cinnamon (or either one, I'd bet), so now you have an excuse to make it again!

TeaLady said...

Those all look good. 1/3 recipe. I don't know if I could do that with Pecan Pie. It is a favorite here.

What you have there - the little ones are called Pecan Tassies around these here parts.

Megan said...

Perhaps if I'd made mini pies mine would have held together better.

We "elf-ed" ourselves last year - what a hoot!

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Mimi said...

Your mini pies are perfect. I skipped this week, to much other baking going on around here.
Have a wonderful Christmas
Mimi

CookiePie said...

Beautiful little pies! I love the idea of making them in a mini muffin tin - I have to try that! And your little ones are so cute! Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

basicallybaked said...

The four inch pies are beautiful! I'm making a pecan pie with chocolate in it for dessert on Christmas day, but I'm making a different recipe.
Have a wonderful Christmas!!
Sue

Barbara Bakes said...

Yum! Now I'm craving pecan pie. I have a new tartlet pan and pecans - hmmmmm!

Leslie said...

Your minis look fab! I love the high ratio of pecans to filling, and your crust looks to die for!

Claire said...

I think I've made this pie once before and it was pretty good...but I liked my Granny's pie better, a bit gooier! :-) Have a very Merry Christmas!

mike said...

You inspire me to start baking in something other than the "prescribed" pan! Wonderful! Each "pie" looks phenomenal - and get a load of that mustache!

Michelle said...

Pecan Pie is my very favorite pie. In fact when I was growing up I never had a birthday cake, I had a birthday Pecan Pie!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

I got back a handful of pecans from Europe, and have been wondering what to make with them ever since. No pecans here, so I have only one try!! :P