12.17.2016

Sweetie Pies

For a while, when I was young and naïve, I wanted to open a pie shop. It's name was to be Sweetie Pies.

Well, that or Pi R Round. I would have used this name if it had been near MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

I have always been a pie fan, and prefer a good pie to most desserts.

My favorites are fruit pies. Apple, peach, blueberry, strawberry, or mixtures like cherry-berry-peach pie. Key lime is also a favorite, and I have a hard time saying no to any lemon tart.

Pecan pie is a sticky one for me, though, in more ways than one. We have a love-hate relationship. I can only take a little at a time because it is so darned rich. And sweet. And rich.

Whenever I cook a Cajun or New Orleanian meal, pecan pie seems to be the most logical dessert. But the cuisines themselves are rich, so only a little tidbit is wanted afterwards.

When looking for a post-gumbo dessert for Dianne and her daughter, Kitt, I came upon this recipe from Langlois in New Orleans. They were the perfect little ending for our meal, and make for a great holiday treat. I made a few adjustments to make them easier for you!

Enjoy, mes chers!

~ David

Langlois' Pecan Praline Bites

non-stick baker's spray
parchment paper
1 egg
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup flour, all-purpose
1 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
confectioner's sugar for dusting, optional

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a non-stick mini muffin pan. Cut out 24 circles of parchment paper to line the bottoms of the muffin cups. Don't skip this part or you will have a terrible time getting the little cakes out!

Mix egg, dark brown sugar, flour and pecans together in a bowl. Slowly stir in melted butter a little at a time, until the batter is not able to absorb any more. You may have butter left over. This will depend entirely on your humidity. Some flours will absorb more. The batter will be wet but still thick and should not be too runny. Add a little extra flour if needed. Scoop dough into a pastry bag and pipe into mini muffin pan cups, filling each three-quarters full. Bake for 15-17 minutes. Turn out onto a parchment lined sheet tray. (You might need to go around the sides with a thin spatula to get them to release.) Remove the parchment from the bottom of each pecan bite, and allow to cool completely. Dust with confectioner's sugar, if desired.

Makes 24.


26 comments:

  1. Just the word praline say NOLA to me. I hear you about Pecan Pie too. It's one of my must-haves at T-Gives but I always take a teeny sliver. THese bites are now my new must-have. GREG

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    1. Just one of few cases where more is not better, Greg!

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  2. Inspiring, yummy, feast for eyes!

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    1. Thanks, Joan! I hope you and your family have a peaceful Christmas.

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  3. I love the look of these, David. But even more, I love the name of your pie shop. xx

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    1. Thanks, Liz! The dreams of youth are sometimes the best!

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  4. I think mini desserts are the BEST. And you will be happy to know that there IS a Sweetie Pies pie shop near our "cabin up north"--see http://www.doorcountypies.com/ If you are ever in the area we will take you to visit!

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    1. I will definitely take you up on that, Inger!

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  5. David, I like mini desserts, too. Just a couple of sweet bites. These look wonderful!

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    1. Thanks, Jean - every meal needs just a little something at the end!

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  6. Several years ago I was playing Clairee in Steel Magnolias. She brought Pecan Tassies to the beauty salon. I had never heard of them before but looked them up and made them. I believe this is the recipe you have here. Yummy!

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    1. How fun to know they have a real name, Peg!

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    1. Yes, Carolyne, but the delivery charges are exhorbitant!

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  8. Pecan pie has always been one of my favorites. And I love the name "Sweetie Pie"...

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    1. Frank... just writing this post has once again made me want to open that pie shop!

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  9. What a lovely name, the pecans in these must give them such a great flavour.

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    1. Caroline - the flavor really is wonderful and you should try them. They will be perfect with your tea!

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  10. I love these! And while I adore their tiny size, I'd probably eat 10! Lovely!

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    1. They you have greater capacity that I, Valentina! I could only manage four!

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  11. Now THESE are just adorable! I may feel a little high on sugar after shoving half a dozen into my mouth (or perhaps a dainty lady-nibble), but I'd enjoy them, no doubt.

    Maybe when I open my shop I can make a batch of these to sell at the counter - credit to you, of course!

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    1. When are you opening your shop, John? Is that a real plan?

      These are tasty and, being small, you can eat a lot (about the same amount as a piece of pie) and feel like you are being good because they are so tiny!

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  12. I love pie, but I always forget to eat more than the first slice! Now, pies that are cookie-sized... that I can get behind! And pecan pie is one of my favorites!

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    1. I'm trying to remember the last time I forgot to eat pie. Um, ... that would be never!

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  13. In the case of pecan pie, wonderful as it is, a little does go along way! These are brilliant!

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    1. They would be perfect for your afternoon cup of tea!

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