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Recipe of the Week

Detail of Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes



Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes


A great dish for dessert or breakfast, these filled crepes are quick and easy to make, full of wonderful flavor, and make any occasion special.


Pecan Pie Bites

A big gooey slice of pecan pie can be daunting on the best of occasions...and after a huge Thanksgiving dinner it can be downright dangerous! These cookies have all the delectable flavor of pecan pie, but are in more manageable portions, so that even the most stuffed guests can manage a bite or two. These cookies store very well and can even be made 3-4 days in advance and kept in a tightly sealed container at room temperature.

Crust:

2 cups flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, cut into small pieces and chilled

Pecan Pie Filling:

1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons heavy cream
8 ounces chopped pecans
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Prepare the Crust:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and heavily grease a 13X9 baking pan. Whisk together the flour, brown sugar, and salt. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or two knives until the mixture forms a coarse meal. Firmly press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake until the crust is pale golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Prepare the Pecan Pie Filling:

While the crust is baking, prepare the filling. Place the butter, brown sugar, sugar, honey, and cream in a small heavy saucepan. Simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Stir in the pecans and cinnamon and remove from the heat. Pour the hot filling over the cooked crust. Spread evenly with a greased spatula. Bake the cookies for 10-14 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Cool in the pan, then cut into small "bites".

Makes about 40 Bites.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes






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