This year I am grateful for big things like the general goodness of human kind, the well-being of my family, and small things like the awesome plaid Fitbit band I found in the bargain section of Target’s electronics department.
And then there’s Texan Erin.OMG these tiny, adorable pecan pies. They are perfect. There were many times I doubted this recipe would work, but it works.
This is not a low carb recipe, unless you stop at one tiny pie.
In a Cuisinart, pulse together 150g Bob’s Red Mill cup for cup GF flour blend, 45g powdered sugar, 1T cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. salt. Pulse in 1T vanilla and 8T butter, cut into ten or so slices. That is the dough.
Use a #70 gelato scoop, filled not quite all the way, to portion the dough into a 24-place mini muffin pan. (No need to grease the pan or use paper liners.) Use a thumb to press these balls into the pan.
Bake for 8 minutes. The crusts will have puffed up. Use a hemispherical teaspoon the press down firmly, to create a shape that will be able to hold a glob of runny filling.
Set a timer for five minutes. (And Texan Erin warns to not go past five minutes, so remain alert.) Then gently remove the crusts from the pan. I poked them gently on one side with a butter knife to ease them out. Cool on a wire rack.
Meanwhile, the filling:
Melt together 75g coconut sugar, 80mL full-fat coconut milk/cream, 50g butter. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, and simmer for 8 minutes. Add 1tsp. vanilla, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 c chopped, toasted pecans. Mix well.
Use the #70 scoop to fill the crusts with this delicious mixture. I had a little bit too much filling (a few bites, probably enough to fill 2 – 3 more little pies), which throws off my carb math a tiny bit but was a treat.
Rest the beautiful little pies in the fridge. Top with whipped cream before eating.
Subtract a squidge of carb for the leftover filling, then make up for it with whipped cream. I’m calling these 10g CHO/pie, including the whipped cream.
More gratitude for Texanerin’s sweet potato macaroni and cheese. My only note is to make it a double and try to not forget you’re doubling it halfway through the procedure.