Weekend Baking Adventures – Complete Success!

12 Sep

Sorry for the delay in posting my photos of this past weekend’s adventure in baking!

I should say that neither of the recipes I made required actual baking, but I’m going to call it that anyway!

First up …

Pecan Pie Bites

Overall Rating (from myself and a few invested partners) – a solid 8 out of 10!

Would I make them again? You bet! I plan to this Christmas!

These were great – the perfect pairing of salty and sweet. Great for a dessert tray, potluck, party or just to have around the house!

Quick Notes on the Recipe:

  • It was easy and quick
  • No–bake
  • 1 bowl needed – so easy clean up
  • Don’t forget to toast the pecans

So you mix all the dry ingredients, then add the wet and it kind of looks like this… (which had me worried at first)

It was so sticky it made rolling them pretty much impossible because it just all sticks to your hands and doesn’t really form a shape!
(Imagine the scene: Me: ”Oh god John, what is happening? Did I miss something? This does not seem right! Something has happened, I must have forgotten an ingredient! Murmur murmur…
John: “How could you miss something, there’s like 4 ingredients, reads recipe, nope you’ve got it all.” Takes spoon and starts scooping. Me: “Oh, that works well, what a great idea!”)

*Try This* Use a melon baller or rounded tablespoon measuring spoon to scoop the mixture onto the pan and don’t even bother to try to roll it right away.

Once you’ve got them placed on the pan (or as your helpful assistant is scooping them), run your hands under water (which you’ll need to do to get the goog off of them from all the hand mixing earlier) and go back to the dollops with wet hands – this will help with actually making the balls round!
I promise, wet hands is key (also helps to wet the sugar which was still a bit grainy at that point)

Put them in the freezer for minimum two hours.

After two hours set up a double boiler and melt chocolate – please note – I used semi-sweet chocolate chips and they worked just fine. Also don’t be afraid to melt a lot of chocolate because the first few I did, got a generous amount of chocolate and the last few dips were lighter on chocolate because I was running out.

Sprinkle coarse salt and return bites to fridge or freezer.

Official Recipe and Directions

Ingredients

2 1/2 c pecans, toasted and chopped
1 c graham crackers, crushed
1 c brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1/4 c bourbon, brandy or spiced rum
1 tsp vanilla
7 oz dark chocolate bark
1 tsp coarse sea salt (optional)

Directions

1

Combine first four ingredients in large bowl. Add maple syrup, bourbon, and vanilla. Use your hands to make sure all the ingredients are mixed thoroughly.

2

Form balls by scooping a tablespoon size amount of mixture and rolling in hands to form balls. Place balls on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Tip: After all balls are made, roll balls again with slightly water damped hands. This will make balls smooth before dipping in chocolate.
Place balls on cookie sheet in freezer for 2 hrs.

3

Melt chocolate bark in a double boiler or microwave per directions on package.
Dip frozen balls into chocolate, then place on the parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

4

Optional: Sprinkle a few grains of course sea salt on balls before the chocolate sets.

5

These freeze well. Take out of freezer and let sit for 15 minutes. They are also good frozen!

I’ll post part 2 tomorrow – Colourful Cake Bites
Enjoy! I hope you like them as much as I did!
Let me know if you’ve tried these and tell me what you think in the comments!
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3 Responses to “Weekend Baking Adventures – Complete Success!”

  1. Lori the Tester September 12, 2012 at 5:00 am #

    Now, I was a lucky tester of these fine goodies. Being a pecan pie lover, the name is a bit misleading. There is none of the pecan pie gooey goodness. But once you get over your initial disappointment, they really are quite delicious. Sweet good. Salty good. And just enough of both to make them the perfect bite! I look forward to the next recipe!

  2. Kyra Nelson September 12, 2012 at 9:19 pm #

    Yum!

  3. Niki Toomey September 14, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    More salt! Mmmmmmmmmmmmm….

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