• Sarah L Samuels

Sarah’s Mini Pecan Pies

One day in my cafe I had a customer that came in looking to purchase some pecan pie which was really weird as I was just making one for the first time! He was happy to wait and come back later for some. I had never made one before and I was slightly worried it wouldn’t turn out very well but it did and the customer really enjoyed it. So these are mini versions of the same now tried and tested recipe.


They are delicious maple syrup little pecan pies with a nice thin buttery pastry case which not only look great but taste great too.

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Start by making the pastry. You can do this by hand or in a food processor. You need to rub the butter into the flour and sugar until you have fine breadcrumbs.

Then add the egg and combine using the pulse function (if using the food processor) so you do not overwork the dough. Keep pulsing until a ball of pastry starts to form. If making by hand mix in the egg and use your hands to form the dough.

The pastry then needs to be wrapped and placed in the fridge to keep cool for at least 30 minutes.


Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade (160 fan).


Take the pastry out of the fridge and lightly flour the work surface. Then roll out the pastry and cut out 12 circles of pastry.

Press the circles of pastry into a muffin tin or individual tart tins.

Place the tart shells in the fridge to keep cool while you make the filling.



In a medium sized pan put the syrup, sugar and butter. On a low heat melt the ingredients until the sugar has dissolved.

Take off the heat and add the pecans, eggs, vanilla extract and flour and mix until smooth.


Divide the mixture between the 12 tarts - fill them to just below the top of the pastry.


Bake for 20 minutes.

Leave them to cool completely in the tin(s) before removing them.



Ingredients:

Pastry

200g Plain Flour

45g Icing Sugar

100g Cold Cubed Unsalted Butter

1 Large Egg


Filling:

100g Maple syrup

25g Unsalted Butter (room temperature)

55g Light brown sugar

150g Roughly chopped Pecan nuts

1 Large Egg

1/2 tsp Vanilla extract

1 Tbsp Plain flour


Method:


  1. Pastry Put the flour, sugar and butter into a food processor and pulse until you have fine breadcrumbs. Alternatively rub the butter into the flour and sugar by hand until you have fine breadcrumbs.

  2. Add the egg and combine in the food processor or by hand until the pastry forms a ball.

  3. Wrap in cling film or similar and transfer to fridge to keep cool.

  4. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade (160 fan) or Gas Mark 4.

  5. Take the pastry out of the fridge and lightly flour the work surface. Then roll out the pastry and cut out 12 circles of pastry

  6. Press the circles of pastry into a deep muffin tin or individual tart tins.

  7. Place the tart shells in the fridge to keep cool while you make the filling.

  8. Filling In a medium sized pan put the syrup, sugar and butter. On a low heat melt the ingredients until the sugar has dissolved.

  9. Take off the heat and add the pecans, eggs, vanilla extract and flour and mix until smooth.

  10. Divide the mixture between the 12 tarts - fill them to just below the top of the pastry.

  11. Bake for 20 minutes.

  12. Leave them to cool completely in the tin(s) before removing them.


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Sarah's Extra Slice........


I do not blind bake my tart cases as the pastry always bakes well without needing to.


You will probably have some pastry left over and this can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days or frozen for use at a later time.


If you don’t have maple syrup you can use golden syrup instead.



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