Pecan Pie (or Peecan Pyyy)
Enough shortcrust pastry to line an 18cm (7inch) flan/pie tin.
4 tablespoons of golden syrup
2 tablespoons of soft brown sugar
2 tablespoons of melted butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
250g pecans (could have used a lot less)
Line the pie tin with the pastry and bake blind in the oven (220C/450F/gas mark 8) for 8 minutes. Take it out and let it cool a little.
In a bowl beat together the eggs, golden syrup, sugar, melted butter and vanilla essence.
Arrange the pecans in the pastry shell. You could easily get away with using 100g / 4oz pecans.
Pour the syrupy mix over the top and bake in the oven on high for 10 minutes, then reduce temperature to about 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 and cook for a further 25 minutes.
We really could have used a lot less pecans but Little suggested it would taste so much better if we tipped the whole 250g packet in. Having never made or eaten pecan pie I don't know if he's right about it tasting better but it certainly does taste very good.
It's all about Meme...
I've been tagged by two lovely ladies Nora of Life's Smorgasbord and Margaret at Kitchen Delights. So here goes...
1. I've said that I will sort out the food for the evening reception at my cousin's wedding in France (in under a month). That's fine there will only be 72 people! Eeeeeek!
2. Ever since, I've been surfing the internet for ideas of traditional French wedding food and festivities. I've unearthed all sorts of traditions such as the bride and groom should drink from a double handled goblet that has been engraved with their names, etc. but not really anything about food.
3. We're driving and I'm not that keen on being in the car with 2 small children for what may seem like forever. As we're going on to Spain afterwards I fear that we may fall out several times before we return home.
4. My dad's friend taught me to ride my bike without stabilisers when I was about 5 years old. He held the back of the bike and said he was still holding it when in actual fact he'd let go about 50 metres before hand. I turned round to see I was riding by myself and immediately fell off! My dad says he was too scared to do this as he thought I'd hurt myself. (Work that one out!)
5. My childhood was far from conventional - and would make a good TV drama. With a mix of madness, sadness, happiness, love, laughter, rich timesand poor times. It did however teach me that laughter does indeed nourish the soul. It's something I do often, every single day. It's also in stark contrast to my husband's childhood and to now with my own family (Little, Small, Hubby and me).
6. My hair desperately needs cutting!
7. One of my favourite holidays was one I thought would end my relationship with my then boyfriend (now husband) and involved driving from England to Spain in a very old MG Midget. I'm hoping the fears I have about our upcoming driving holiday will turn out the same - unfounded.
I don't know who to tag as so many blogs have been tagged already, so perhaps I'll just tag them too (I know it's a cop out!)
Little and Small at Boys Can Cook Too, (lovely well brought up boys - teehee! who will only participate if I actually do it for them.)
Mum at TOC Aromatherapy, (lovely well brought up Mummy, it's taken me a while (36years) but she's getting there!)
Janet at Janet is Hungry, (fellow mummy - tagged already).
Kelly-Jane at Cooking the Books, (lovely blogging friend who I've tagged before but she's been tagged by Margaret and agreed to do it so sorry KJ but as you were doing it anyway!)
Truffle at What's on my plate (lovely blogging friend who is kind and generous! Currently on a tour of Europe soon to return with lots of wonderful stories I'm sure - tagged already).
Ros at Living to Eat (great blog and as she'll be starting a new job in September, we may see less of her so read while you can - tagged already.)
Patricia at Technicolor Kitchen (absolute sweetheart, also tagged already.)
Meme's - They could be likened to those celebrity magazines that are often trashed but secretly read by many. (I've personally weaned myself off them... celebrity magazines that is.) Take part only if you wish to.
I have a busy few days ahead. End of year school mum's night out today, hen night tomorrow, then Saturday will be the first time ever the boys will be away from us for the whole night. Possibly wont see any of you for a few days.. but plenty to read with the blogs above.