My son and I saw this Cooking for Real episode on the Food Network a couple weeks ago. We both looked at each other and went YUM! When I started my Thanksgiving baking on Tuesday, Jimmy asked if I could make these mini pies. I had all the ingredients, so, of course, I said yes. These were super easy to make. I only had on mini muffin tin, so I made 12 mini ones and 4 the regular muffin size. I just baked the larger ones a little bit longer.They came out so delicious. I will definitely make these over and over again. I think they will be added to our desserts every year for Thanksgiving along with the pumpkin pie and pecan pie.
Since I made these mini pies, I decided not to make the TWD's Twofer pie.
- Nonstick cooking spray
For the dough:
- 1/4 cup pecans
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for shaping dough
- 6 tablespoons butter, ice cold
- 2 to 3 tablespoons ice cold water
For the filling:
- 1 egg, plus 1 egg yolk
- 1/2 cup dark corn syrup (I used light since that is what I had)
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin filling
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup pecans, chopped plus 24 halves for garnish
- Special equipment: 2 (12-cup) mini muffin tins
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Spray the bottoms and sides of the mini muffin tins with cooking spray.
For the dough:
In a food processor, pulse pecans with the sugar, salt, and flour, until the nuts are ground and the ingredients are combined. Add in butter and pulse until dough resembles coarse meal. Slowly pour in ice water through the feed tube, pulsing, until the dough comes together. Remove from processor bowl onto clean work surface sprinkled with flour.
Form dough into a ball and divide evenly into 24 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and evenly press into each cup, until the bottom is covered. If the dough is sticky, dip your finger in flour first.
Bake 15 to 18 minutes, until the crusts are very golden. Check periodically to make sure they don't get too brown.
Meanwhile, make the filling: In a medium bowl, whisk the egg and yolk with the corn syrup, sugar, pumpkin filling and vanilla. Stir in the chopped pecans.
Remove dough from oven and spoon 1 tablespoon of the filling into each cup. Top each with 1 pretty pecan half. Return the pans to the oven and continue baking, for 12 to 15 minutes more, until the pumpkin filling is set. Allow to cool before removing from the pans.Yield: 2 dozen