Pecan pie ranks right near the top of my favorite desserts. I'm pretty much a pecan pie purist. I don't usually like to mess around with the traditional pecan pie I grew up eating. I posted that recipe here, way back when I first started this blog. It will always be a favorite of mine but decided to try something different this time. I mean pecans and chocolate are a match made in heaven, so I broke with tradition and have to say I was not disappointed. These little pies are very tasty. Mini pies are the perfect single serving and would be great for entertaining.
Pecan and Chocolate Chip Mini Pies
Your favorite recipe for a single crust pie, dough chilled. I like the crust from this pie. You could also use a refrigerated store bought pie crust.
For the filling:
3 large eggs
¾ cup Lyle's Golden Syrup*
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cups pecan halves, or coarsely chopped pecans
1 cup of semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 400°F, and place a large baking sheet on the bottom rack.
Roll out the crust to ¼" thickness. Cut the crust into 6" circles using a pastry cutter, and press each circle into a mini pie pan or a jumbo muffin tin.* If you don't have a 6" round pastry cutter divide your dough into 6 equal pieces and roll out each individual piece into a 6" or larger, ¼"-thick round. Press them into the pans.
Refrigerate the pan until the filling is ready.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat together the eggs, syrup, sugar, melted butter, salt, and vanilla.
Pour 1/3-1/2 cup of filling into each of the pies. Divide the pecans evenly among the cups, sprinkling them over the filling. Fill each pie or muffin tin about 3/4 to the top. Don't fill to the pies very top of the pie pan.These pies puff up a good bit while cooking and will cook out if overfilled.
Place the mini pie pans or muffin tin on the heated sheet pan, and bake for 15 minutes; then reduce the oven temperature to 300°F and bake for another 20 minutes or until the centers of the pies are set.
Remove from the oven, and cool the mini pies completely in the pan before removing them and serving.
Yield: 6 mini pies or jumbo muffin size pies. 8-10 regular muffin sized pies.
source: King Arthur Flour Recipes
*you can also make these using a regular muffin tin but will need to adjust the cooking time slightly. I baked these for the first 10 minutes at 400 degrees and 15-17 minutes at 300 degrees.
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|I made a few in a regular size muffin tin. Perfect party sized pie!|