Archive for November, 2006

  • Pecan Pie

    By Jennifer McHenry on November 28, 2006
    Now, I know that very recently I made smaller versions of this, but in my defense I had no choice but to make a pecan pie. It was Thanksgiving. It’s tradition. I always make pecan pie. My sister asked nicely. And, this one is a bit different from those wee ones. Several years ago, I was smart enough to ask […]
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  • Italian Cream Cake

    By Jennifer McHenry on November 26, 2006
    One of my co-workers asked me to make this cake for her Thanksgiving dinner, so I thought I might as well make one for our Thanksgiving dinner, too. After going through many, many recipes, I settled on this one at Southern Living. Anti-coconut Quinn turned up his nose, but I soldiered on, knowing that there were still other desserts to […]
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  • Mini Pecan Pies

    By Jennifer McHenry on November 19, 2006
    Mini Pecan Pies

    Yes, more pecans. But, it is pecan season after all. I made these as a little anniversary treat for Quinn. (We celebrated 6 lovely years of marriage on Saturday.) Of all the things that I have baked over the years, these are his favorite. This works out well for me because they're really simple to make. The recipe comes from a book I've had for ages, Best of the Best from Mississippi.

    Before I go any further, let me just say that I am none too proud to use ready-made pie crusts. This recipe is a dream with them. For a big pie, I would most likely make my own, but for these little bite-sized ones, you can bet I'm getting Pillsbury. However, feel free to make your own.

    In the South, these little pies are known as tassies. Now what that means or where it comes from, I haven't a clue. Quinn, not being from the South, was amused the first time I called them that. I think marrying a Southern girl has been quite an experience for him. But I digress.

    During the holidays, I usually make a couple of regular size pecan pies (more about that closer to Thanksgiving), but I use a different recipe for the filling. Somehow the exact ingredients for these doesn't translate as well into a larger pie. That works the other way around, too. Could be the filling to crust ratio.

    These little pies are, I must say, amazingly good. They are so light and have just the right amount of sweetness. Plus, they just look so cute on a tray or bundled up for a gift.

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