Pecan pie

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I made this Thanksgiving pie the year before last and lots of times before then, but haven’t found the time (in the busy period between Thanksgiving and Christmas) to blog about it. So here it is, in January, but it’s still worth making it – apart from being a Thanksgiving staple dessert it’s also a wonderful winter pie.

The recipe is courtesy of The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook (the bakery’s first, and in my opinion also the best, cookbook).

Pecan pie, serves 10-12

Adapted from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook.

Pie crust:

260 g plain flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

110g (unsalted) butter

Grease a 23cm pie dish. Put the flour, salt and butter in an electric mixer with a paddle attachment and beat on slow speed until you get a sandy consistency and everything is combined. )

Add 1 tbsp water and beat until well-mixed. Add a second tbsp water and beat until you have a smooth dough. Wrap in clingfilm and leave to rest for an hour.

Roll out on a floured surface and line the pie dish, trimming the edges. No need to blind bake. 

Filling:

200 g caster sugar

250 ml dark corn syrup (golden syrup works well)

1/2 tsp salt

3 eggs

60 unsalted butter, cubed

1/4 tsp vanilla 

100 g shelled pecans + extra for decoration

Save the 10-12 nicest pecans for decoration. Chop the rest.

Preheat the oven to 170C. 

Add sugar, syrup and salt in a large saucepan and place on medium heat. Bring to the boil, then remove from heat and let cool slightly. 

Beat the eggs in a bowl. Add the warm (not hot) sugar mixture and stir it in swiftly (to avoid scrambling the eggs). Add butter and vanilla and stir until the butter has melted and been incorporated. 

Place the chopped pecans in the pie case and pour in the sugar mixture. Arrange the saved pecans carefully on top. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until a dark golden colour and slightly crunchy on top. Leave to cool and serve while it’s slightly warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

 

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Gooey chocolate cake with pecan brittle

Pecans really says it is the holiday season for me, so the third (and last) cake I made for work to celebrate the November birthdays was a gooey chocolate cake with pecan brittle on top. It disappeared quickly and I will definitely make this cake during the holidays. Because it was at work I served it plain, but it would be great with either lightly whipped cream or vanilla icecream. This is the type of cake that only gets better after a day or two in fridge, if you can wait that long…

The brittle recipe is the same as this one, but I substituted the almonds with pecans.

Gooey chocolate cake with pecan brittle, serves 8

450 ml caster sugar

225 ml plain flour

6,75  tbsp cocoa

1,5 tsp vanilla

1 pinch salt

3 eggs

225g melted butter

Pecan brittle:

100 g butter

100 ml caster sugar

2 tbsp plain flour

2 tbsp milk

100 g roughly chopped pecans

Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add the butter and eggs and incorporate. Pour the mixtured into a greased baking tin, bake for 15 mins in 180C, then remove from the oven.

Pour all the ingredients for the brittle into a saucepan and let it become thick and golden brown, while stirring. Spread it onto the half-baked cake and bake for another 20 minutes or until the cake has just set. Leave to cool completely before serving.