Treat yourself to the irresistible deliciousness of our American Pecan Pies! This classic dessert features a homemade butter crust and is filled with a rich, gooey pecan filling. It captures the essence of American cuisine. To enhance the flavor, we serve our cakes with a delicious side of bourbon cream, which adds a subtle hit of warmth and depth. Whether you’re a pecan pie fan or just love delicious desserts, our perfected recipe is sure to leave you wanting more. Treat yourself to a piece of Americana today!
- 300g plain flour
- 150g melted butter
- 50g powdered sugar
- 175 g pecan halves
- 4 large eggs
- 85g golden syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 2 tbsp bourbon
- 50g butter, melted
- 85g light muscovado sugar
- 150 ml whipped cream
- 2 tbsp bourbon
- 2 tbsp golden syrup
Make it bigger
If you don’t have small ones
If you use multiple tartlet pans, you can make one large one
Bake in a 23cm tin and bake for 40 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 190°C/fan 170°C/gas 5.
- Mix the flour, butter and sugar well with your hands.
- Press the mixture into the bottom and sides of six 10cm fluted tart tins.
- Place the tart pans on a baking tray.
- Reserve 36 pecan halves and roughly chop the rest.
- Mix together eggs, sugar, syrup, vanilla, bourbon, melted butter and chopped pecans.
- Pour the filling into the tart cases.
- Top each cake with 6 pecan halves.
- Bake the tarts for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and firm.
- The filling will rise as it bakes but will settle as it cools.
- You can make these cakes 2 days in advance and freeze them for up to 2 months.
- If you prefer, you can serve the pies warm with iced bourbon cream.
- To make the iced bourbon cream, beat heavy cream with golden syrup and bourbon until slightly stiff.
- Place the cream in a sturdy container and freeze for up to a month.
- Serve the cream straight from the container like ice cream, or let it soften for up to 15 minutes for a softer, creamier version.
Equipment and tools
To make American Pecan Pie you will need the following equipment and tools:
- Tart molds (small or a 23cm mold)
- rolling pin
- mixing bowl
- Measuring cups and spoons
- baking tray
American pecan pies contain the following allergens:
- Pecans (nuts)
Storage and leftovers
Once baked, American pecan pies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. To extend their freshness, you can store them in the refrigerator for up to a week. Leftover cakes can be reheated in the oven at 180°C (350°F) for a few minutes before serving.
The Health Benefits of American Pecan Pie
American pecan pies are a delicious dessert enjoyed by many. However, did you know that this classic treat also offers some health benefits? In this section, we explore the nutritional value of pecan pies and why they can be a nutritious addition to your diet.
American pecan pies are made from a variety of ingredients that contribute to their nutritional value. The key ingredients include:
- Pecans: Pecans are the star of pecan pie. These nuts are rich in healthy fats, including monounsaturated fats, which may help improve heart health and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Pecans are also a good source of vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects the body from oxidative damage.
- Eggs: Eggs are a nutrient-dense food that provides high-quality protein, essential vitamins and minerals. They are a complete source of protein and contain all the essential amino acids the body needs for proper growth and maintenance.
- Golden Syrup and Muscovado Sugar: Although these ingredients contribute to the sweet taste of pecan pie, they should be consumed in moderation due to their high sugar content. However, they provide a small amount of minerals such as potassium and calcium.
- Bourbon: The addition of bourbon gives pecan pie a special flavor. Although it is not a significant source of nutrients, it can enhance the taste experience of this dessert.
Possible health benefits
Although it is a dessert, American pecan pies may provide some potential health benefits when consumed in moderation:
- Heart health: The monounsaturated fats found in pecans may help lower levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase levels of good cholesterol (HDL), thereby supporting heart health.
- Antioxidant protection: Pecans contain antioxidants such as vitamin E, which can help neutralize harmful free radicals in the body and protect against chronic diseases.
- Brain function: Pecans are a good source of thiamine, a B vitamin that plays a key role in brain function and cognitive development.
- Bone health: Pecans contain minerals like magnesium and calcium, which are essential for maintaining strong bones and teeth.
- Nutritional balance: While pecan pies should be enjoyed in moderation due to their sugar and calorie content, they do contain some important nutrients like protein, healthy fats, and vitamins.
American pecan pies can be a tasty treat that offers some surprising health benefits. However, it’s important to keep portion sizes in mind and enjoy them as an occasional treat. Knowing the nutritional value of the ingredients used in pecan pies will help you make informed decisions and enjoy this classic dessert guilt-free.