Still coasting on your post turkey day high?
We’ve heard it all before- moderation is best. In the last decade, this buzz phrase came up: “portion control”.
Maybe tiny food is a bad thing? You don’t feel as guilty popping a bunch of these:
Pecan Pie Bites- evil, pure evil.
Just as evil as this recipe for Paula Deen Pecan Squares–
more pecan pie to go, oh, the trappings of modern life where food can be portable, the horror–
- Vegetable cooking spray
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 4 eggs
- 1 (1 pound) box light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups pecans, chopped
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13 by 9-inch pan with vegetable oil cooking spray and dust with flour.
In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk. Stir in the brown sugar until smooth. Pour into the top of a double boiler. Cook the mixture over simmering water for 20 minutes, stirring constantly, until it reaches 180 degrees F. Let cool for 5 minutes.
Sift the 1 1/2 cups of flour, baking powder, and salt together. Add pecans to flour mixture. Stir into the cooked mixture. Add vanilla and stir until combined. (The batter will be thin.) Pour the batter into the prepared pan and place the pan in the oven. Bake for 25 minutes.
Allow to cool completely in the pan before cutting into pieces. Store in an airtight tin in the refrigerator.
The holiday season just makes me think of mince-meat, which goes hand in hand with pecans. Want proof? Here’s recipes that combine mince-meat and that crazy Southern nut.
Gone-ta-pott.com says mince meat “is a British festive sweet … traditionally consumed during the Christmas and New Year period” and goes on to tell us “In Great Britain, and other countries, such as Ireland, mince pies are seen as a favourite food of Father Christmas. Children leave one or two mince pies on a plate at the foot of the chimney (along with a small glass of brandy, sherry or milk, and a carrot for the reindeer) as a thank you for filling their stockings.”
Check out this video of award winning pecan pie in Memphis:
So, now you know more so you can have an even nuttier Feliz Navidad.