crustless pie…

This year at Christmas I made these cherry pecan cookies and they were an enormous success with the family – my grandfather especially loved them. Ever since the holiday’s I’ve been toying with turning the cookies into a pie filling…

As those of you who know me well, pecan pie is my absolute favourite – my weakness. But sometimes, you just need to change it up. This is my twist on pecan pie. It includes cherries, chocolate and no pastry crust. Yep – my twist is cooking the filling, almost like little nuggets of heavenly goodness. try this recipe. I swear you’ll bake up a batch of these whenever you feel like pie without having to put in too much effort…

Chocolate Cherry-Pecan nuggets
Ingredients:
1/2 c. brown sugar
2 tbsp. all-purpose b. flour
3 eggs, beaten
1 c. pecans, pieces
1/2 c. dried cherries, roughly chopped
1/2 c. bittersweet chocolate chips
1/2 c. dark chocolate disks
1 c. corn syrup
1 tsp. almond extract
2 tsp. butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

In a large bowl, mix the sugar and flour together. Add the eggs, pecans, cherries, chocolates, corn syrup, butter and almond extract. Stir well.

Pour the mixture into two-bite muffin pans. Cook for 35 minutes

This batch makes 48 nuggets (aka two-bite muffins)

Cool in the pan in the FREEZER… and leave until completely cooled.

TIP – use flexible silicone bakeware if you have them… easy to flip the nuggets once they have baked and cooled…

RIDICULOUSLY good. cuz sometimes, you just want the filling….

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Nutella cookies

Allison got to witness my obsession with Nutella take shape… first it was a spoonful of the delicious spread… and then it became a spoonful of nutella with some peanut or almond butter… so I figured – why not take that combo and bake cookies? And really, if they hadn’t worked out – no biggie. Sometimes mistakes are best dunked in cold milk…

I’m also going to make these into ice cream sandwiches – bake them and fill them with some vanilla ice cream – nothing wrong with that! … and Allison – they’re even gluten free – so you’ll be able to enjoy the fruits of my labour :0)

Ingredients:
1/3 cup nutella (pretty much an entire small jar of the stuff)
1/3 cup almond butter
¼ cup maple syrup
¼ cup brown sugar
1 egg white
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. vanilla extract
¼ cup white chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl (no need for fancy mixers – a wooden spoon will do).

Bake for 12 minutes on a tray lined with wax paper. Remove from the oven and let sit on the pan for about 5 minutes.

Remove from tray and allow to cool on a rack.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

A little piece of pie…


In honour of Chloe and Joe’s annual Christmas party I had baked my Chocolate-Hazelnut tarts… well, I baked the filling anyway, and used a pre-packaged crust. Joe called me out on it :0(

…so I decided to giver and make my own crust, and found the perfect occasion – James “Alabama” Salazar’s birthday pie! So, in honour of both Joe (for kicking me into gear) and James – here is my absolutely divine Double Chocolate-Pecan Pie… but you’ll see, the recipe for the filling is easy to adapt to whichever combo you feel like using. Giver!

My pastry recipe is taken from the joy of baking website (www.joyofbaking.com) – great reference – and other than using whole wheat pastry flour rather than white flour, I really didn’t re-invent the wheel… so I’ll save you scrolling down and let you sort out the pastry recipe on your own :0)

now for the good stuff…

Double-Chocolate Pecan Pie
Ingredients:
1/2 c. brown sugar
2 tbsp. all-purpose b. flour
3 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 c. chopped pecans
1/2 c. bittersweet chocolate chips
1/2 c. milk chocolate disks
1 c. corn syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

In a large bowl, mix the sugar and flour together. Add the eggs, pecans, chocolates, corn syrup, butter and vanilla. Stir well. Pour the mixture into the prepared pie crust. Bake for 40 minutes.

Cool for 30 minutes before serving.

I promise you, this will be a HIT. I made my variation on this (hazelnuts and chocolate) for the Christmas season – and everyone enjoyed them… even Julie (who isn’t a sweets kinda girl)…

Happy Birthday Alabama! (and Croy, enjoy your slice too)
and Joe – watch out, soon I’ll be selling these to the Black Tomato

;0)