Welcome to peace.of.flavor. this is a place to allow three of my favorite topics to come together, cooking/baking, photography, and writing. In my very first post I chose to present something that I have sort of become famous for, Chocolate Pecan Pie.
Baking has really became an outlet for me. Baking allows me to create new items or spice up old recipes. There are only a few basic rules that you must comply with when baking, but overall it is all up to the composer.
When I was first introduced to the chocolate pecan pie I thought it would be the most terrible thing ever. Once I took the first bite I instantly new I was wrong, another situation of judging the book by its cover. This pie has an excellent mixture of soft creamy texture with the hardness of the crust and pecans, it almost melts in your mouth.
I begin with a very simple homemade pie crust. When I became interested in pie making I decided to make mini pies for co-workers for Christmas, this is when I learned how to make pie crust. People were very shocked and still now people can't believe I make my own crust. In all honesty it is comical to me to see peoples reactions to the ability to make a crust because it is so simple. It is made up of flour, pinch of salt, butter and water (and a bit of patience).
This particular pie was made for a small dinner party that was put together in one day. Another couple (Reid&Britt) that my husband and I are good friends with were in town for the weekend from their recent move to Houston. They graduated this past May and then were happily married this summer (July). After their nuptials they moved to Houston so Britt would be able to attend school to receive her doctorate. I am so proud of them, it is very inspiring to see people between an ending and a beginning.
The other couple that attended this dinner party were Casey and Megan (my husband's cousin and wife). They too were married this summer (June). A beautiful wedding it was, very glamorous bride, and handsome groom. Casey and Megan are great people. My husband and Casey have always been close and we are very happy that he has introduced a wonderful person to be a part of the family.
The other couple that attended this dinner party were Madre and Padre (my husband's parents). Our world would not be the same without the Padres. We are currently living with them while we are attempting our hand at building a house. The Padres have been so great to us, I am so so so lucky to have in-laws to get along with so well. They have really welcomed me warmly into the family.
I absolutely love baking, and these were just a few people that I really enjoy baking for and do it often. I really enjoy the most satisfied look on peoples faces, almost like they are reminded of their most favorite memory from their childhood.
I was debating whether or not to post recipes, but I just decided, it is best that I do, to give other composers the opportunity to create.
Chocolate Pecan Pie
1/2 cup of sugar- half brown sugar half white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups dark corn syrup
2 cups of pecans chopped
milk chocolate chocolate chips
Mix sugar, eggs, vanilla, dark corn syrup add pecans.
Spread desired amount of chocolate chips on the bottom of the pie crust (just enough to cover the bottom).
Pour mixture over chocolate chips in the pie crust.
Bake at 350 for one hour
If you have any questions, you are very welcome to comment or shoot me an e-mail!