Pecan Pies

Pecans not only taste delicious but they have lots of nutritional value with 19 vitamins and minerals. With protein and antioxidants, this humble nut comes with the National Heart Foundation’s ‘Tick’ of approval.

The next time you have guests over, try these Pecan Pies, they are individual serves and will leave everyone impressed.

pecan pies
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes
Serves: 5

You Need:

Pastry

300g (2 cups) plain flour
240g chilled butter, cubed
2 tbs caster sugar
1 egg yolk
3 tsp iced water

Pecan filling

3 eggs, lightly whisked
185ml (3/4 cup) maple syrup
100g (1/2 cup) firmly packed brown sugar
50g butter, melted
195g (1½ cups) pecans

Method

1. To make the pastry, place the flour, butter and sugar in the bowl of a food processor, and process until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the egg yolk and iced water and process until the mixture just begins to come together.

2. Turn the pastry onto a lightly floured surface and knead lightly until smooth. Shape into a disc and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest. Preheat oven to 200°C.

3. Divide pastry into two equal portions. Use a lightly floured rolling pin to roll one portion out to about 3mm-thick. Use a 15cm diameter cutter to cut five discs. Line five 2cm-deep, 8cm (base measurement) fluted tart tins with removable bases with the pastry and trim any excess. Repeat with the remaining pastry portion to line five more tart tins. Place on a baking tray in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest.

4. Cover each pastry base with greaseproof paper and fill with rice or dried beans. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove paper and rice or beans and bake for a further 8 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven. Reduce oven temperature to 160°C.

5. Meanwhile, to make the pecan filling, whisk the eggs, maple syrup, sugar and butter in a medium bowl. Stir in pecans.

6. Pour the pecan mixture evenly into warm pastry cases. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until just set in the centre. Place pies on a wire rack and set aside for 40 minutes or until completely cool.

For tasty and nutritious Pecan recipes and further information check out www.pecanfan.com.au

2 thoughts on “Pecan Pies

  1. Pecan pie has always intrigued me. Not sure as too whether it would be very sweet or very nutty taste but I’m sure with all of the syrup and sugar it would be sweet. When would I serve it….well I could try Christmas. Little individual pies could be perfect for those that don’t like fruit pudding. I like creating different foods at Christmas and giving them as gifts.

  2. I would love to make & serve up these delightful single serve special Pecan Pies for all my family & friends as a special dessert treat at my New Year Eve dinner party ,as they are not heavy but delectably sweet enough to delight and appeal to the most discerning palates.

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