Sunday, October 18, 2015

Chocolate Pecan Tart~


















Now this my friends is not something for sugar haters..or just people like me who can pass by sweets any moment of any day..
like my maple cheesecake..both are for sweet lovers..although..I don't find this one..sickeningly sweet.I took my token taste tester bite.

I first made this 100 yrs ago..
and decided it was time to add it to our TG desserts..the pecans..the orange zest  in the crust..how lovely it is all baked up and ready for the pie carrier:)

I had found the recipe in a magazine.Canadian Living..I think..I only have the faded photocopy..and no name of magazine..I know it's page 23..and a Bridge Luncheon recipe starts on that page also..

La recette~

Pastry


2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp grated orange peel
1 cup unsalted butter
1/3 to 1/2 cup ice water

Filling

1/2 cup melted butter
3 eggs
1 cup corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsps flour
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/4 cup pecan halves or pieces

Garnish
1/3 cup choco chips
1 cup pecan halves.

For the pastry

In a large bowl combine flour salt and peel..Using a pastry blender cut in butter until coarse crumbs..

add enough water to gather dough into a ball..Divide dough in half..wrap and chill 1 hr..freeze half for another time..
Roll out pastry and line a 10 inch pie plate..(I used my mom's glass one.)Line pastry w/ foil.. add beans or marbles..:)  and blind bake 10 mins in a 425 F oven..this prevents shrinking..

Remove from oven..cool.. remove beans etc..


Filling

Beat together butter,eggs,corn syrup and vanilla Mix in flour sugar chocolate and pecans.
Fill cooled pie shell with filling and bake in a 425 F oven for 10 minutes..then 350F for ap 25 minutes or until filling is set and top firm.
Let cool on rack..
When pie is completely cool dip pecans in chocolate and adorn attractively:)

Keep and eye on the pie..remember not all ovens cook at the same speed..I had to leave mine in longer than 25 minutes..

It is a keeper recipe..proof..I have kept it these past 100 yrs;)



I mentioned TG day was probably the warmest and sunniest I can remember..but the next day turned to glum and drizzly..until the sun came out around 3.30..
I went for a short walk.
I marvel at this artistry..everywhere I look..:)
Up and down the street..through porches and entrances:)Of charming older waterfront homes..
I am not a stalker of newer McMansions..I prefer by far..charm.
Look at that porch w/ the hammocks:) Hello..can I rest here?
Show me picket fences..rail fences..stone fences..and ok some tasteful wrought iron fences..
Show me scattered wind blown leaves..and shiny wet old asphalt..
Brilliant crimson..and burnished gold..mums and dark trunks and pumpkins..
warm soups..cozy blankets..fires glowing..
and kids coming home from school to love~♥

Seems like yesterday..when Lucas was this toddler ..in our leaves here..
Seems like yesterday also..but the year was 2002..when we visited friends in October at their lakeside cottage.
2002 is also the view..going up the road I take to our daughter's home.. fall is absolutely spectacular isn't it?
I am so glad I kept these photos..it was my first REAL digital camera..Nikon 950..bought on Ebay..still works..still have it.
Photos do preserve memories.
A friend once told me he didn't take pictures because they never represented the true beauty of what he saw..perhaps they don't..but what a surge  of feelings they conjure~

Look how cute this video is..one of my daughters alerted me to it..it's a commercial for goodness sake but so well done~ I guess I picture one of my grandsons doing something so adorably romantic later in life~

Right here..




74 comments:

  1. What a lovely way to start my Sunday...
    Such beautiful Fall photos...
    Love the chairs on the dock...I could sit there all day!
    Do you live near the water? I'll bet you do...hahaha!
    Have a great day Monique....sunny and chilly here...perhaps some yard work for moi!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. We do live near the water..it's down the street..but homes line the waterfront..so you get peeks..through them..in between them..we have designated areas where we can go and enjoy..one is called Jack Layton Park..named after him..he grew up here:)
      We had our first frost..and it snowed yesterday! Nothing stayed..but still..
      Bon dimanche Linda!

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  2. Beautiful photos! The pie sounds wonderful too. Pecan is my favorite pie.

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  3. Monique, I've seen the commercial before, but had to watch it again. Now I'm sitting here tears streaming down my cheeks. Yes, this has to be one of the best! Genius advertising who ever came up with this one. It's one of THE most romantic ideas ever ~ high school through college ~ long distance romance. Too special for words!
    Your autumn images are equally as romantic for this Texan who rarely sees a changing fall such as you show. I have to agree, photos, no matter the quality, take my heart and soul back to wonderful memories.
    I'm not one to pass up many sweets, and though I love, love, love chocolate, I'll take my pecan pie without the added chocolate. For my taste buds, pure and simple pecan pie can't be beat.
    Glad you had a delightful Thanksgiving and are enjoying the beauty of autumn in Canada. In the 60s here this morning, but it will be another warm day here.

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    1. Sarah..I had tears too..best commercial in a long time..tasteful..touching..sweet..romantic..qui dit mieux?
      I hope a lot of teens see it..I hope romance continues forever.
      it's 32 F here as I type and we had snowflakes yesterday:(
      But unusually so considering last Monday we must have been in the 90's.
      It is movieland right now where I live..and then..monochrome to follow..

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  4. Gorgeous photos, I know they don't completely capture the moment, but I think they are better than my old fuzzy memory of it! I am so happy when I scroll through mine. I still haven't made my books of them... but soon.

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    1. That could be the first time a gum commercial made me cry. Very sweet.

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    2. Oh me too..tears.
      I could see Hugh doing that;)

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  5. Monique, that is probably the most perfect,beautiful Pecan Pie I have ever seen. So many wonderful recipes from Canadian Living Magazine.

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    1. I agree..indebted to them for years to have taught me so many things..you too;)

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  6. Yammie tart.....love the autumn colors happy sunday....love Ria x

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  7. So.. lovely! The pie, the scenery, you!! I love it all and I must say, that pie seems to have my name written all over it!

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    1. Oh good! Try it..you will make a masterpiece:)

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  8. Monique, I am a sweet addict. I only wish I didn't love sweets so. It is one of the reasons I don't bake much any more - I would eat it all. What beauty your fall is there. Ours is only starting. It is just a crazy fall here, dry but I'll take it. Your camera isn't digital? I loved my Nikon that wasn't digital, but it broke. Well, off to my husband's cabin (shanty) with him. He is raring to go hunting and the season starts next week. I will be moving into the new house this week which I hope is better than the packing and moving earlier. Have a wonderful week.

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    1. My son-in-law hunts..you are quite the gal!
      I told him I would never go to their shack;)
      The stories they tell!
      Can't wait to see more pics of your waterside home:)
      Have fun..at last..have fun!!!

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    2. Yes..it is digital:) It was then also:)

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  9. Call me sentimental...while only a commercial....I teared up. Thank you for sharing. Fall is my favorite time of year. Wish we had colors as you do.

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    1. Isn't it something?
      That's another of my middle names..sentimental.

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  10. L'automne, si beau, surtout au Canada avec toutes ces belles couleurs <3
    Tiens, c'est drôle ! J'ai fait une tarte aux noix de pécan aujourd'hui :)

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  11. Ohh Monique, I will have to make that pie for someone . . . just to have a sliver myself. It looks like heaven. Love the autumn photos so much. They all are beautiful. I am a lover of all things quaint, old fashioned, worn wooden porches, rock walls, picket fences, etc. We are two peas in a pod. Love the grandson photo . . . how wonderful, and that commercial. Sigh . . . I just began Friday night lights season three. You have me hooked! I am addicted. Have a wonderful week. xoxo

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    1. We are 2 peas in a pod:)I used milk chocolate of course..maybe that's wy it's not so sweet?Or not too sweet should I say:)The dipped pecans are so pretty on it..check the crust..I like a glass dish because I can see that it is done..no guessing:)

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  12. So you don't care for sweets...
    Is it contagious?
    Please breath on me!!!

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    1. Not at all..I love making them..and yes if I was in Paris I would have one of everything pretty..Chocolate is not my forte..nor fudge and cakes etc..it's been something I could pass up.Let's say there's a bowl of cheesies..and a bowl of chocolates..I'll take the cehesies..
      Smarties I like:) I would never buy myself any..there I go again..blablabla..;)

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  13. Exactement le dessert qu'il faut ...au retour d'une jolie balade dans les bois aux couleurs automnales ! Bises et belle journée

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  14. I think that pie is even too sweet for me but having some orange zest sounds good. The scenes around your town are beautiful. I like that side porch with the lattice work. It calls you to come and find out more.

    Speaking of old recipes, do you happen to have a recipe called Heath Bar Bundt Cake? I have googled and found some but I thought I had a recipe that had some crumbled Heath bar along with the sugar cinnamon mix in the center and the remaining on top. Most recipes say just sugar cinnamon mix in the middle and all the crumbled Heath bar on top. Could be another senior moment...

    It feels like winter is here. I got up to 23.3F this morning! Yesterday is woke to 29 F. The zinnias and cosmos are toast. Thank goodness I went around cutting the last flowers for indoors on Friday.

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    1. Here too ..same weather..I realized one house looks crooked but I was too lazy to straighten;) Both home I think have wraparounds on the waterside.I would stare out all day I am sure..

      I don't have that oldie but goodie..but I would just add the Heath to the recipes you found?
      I brought in a large bouquet of dahilas..they are so hohum..mine were..ho hum.
      Have a great day!

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  15. The pie sounds and looks lovely. The orange zest would tweak the flavor. Such gorgeous fall photos. It must be a pleasure to wander through town and take in the beauty. I love house hunting or just looking. Warm fires burning, cozy blankets, chilly air and those comforting soups make me love Fall.

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    1. It really is Masterpiece Theatre season Linda..but then we have a long winter..we had frost last night so everything is gone..

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  16. Your photos are stunning, Monique. You have so much more fall color than we do This is my favorite time of year. We are due for a rich chocolate dessert and your pie sounds delicious.I might try adding hazelnuts instead of pecan. I know I won't settle for a tiny piece.

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    1. I think you might like this one! hazelnuts sound like a great idea..we had frost Cathy so the party is almost over~:(

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  17. Now that IS a beautiful looking and sounding pie. I love the touch of orange in it. Your photos are so beautiful. It looked like someone painted your world so beautiful. How time does fly, and the best way to remember it is through photos. Joni

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  18. Oh, that tart looks gorgeous - even though I'm not much of a choco/nut fan! But seeing your stunning autumn photos made me catch my breath -as did seeing a very young Lucas....time passing so quickly. Happy Fall, Nana!

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    1. Time IS passing more quickly than we ever thought in some ways..

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  19. When I first saw this post in my email feed I thought "I've seen those Adirondacks on the pier before!" Glad to read that it was a flashback and LOVE all of the flashbacks :-) I love looking at old, family photos and my girls love when I made cards with them at age 'this and this' for their birthdays. What a gorgeous tart and one I know I would love! My chocolate and nut loving sweet tooth! Fall is here, the rest will be a long haul 'til spring. Glad we have our photos and hobbies :)

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    1. We go back a LOOOONG way Susan:)

      I sent my brother a card he received yesterday the year..1958 I think..I was 4..he would be 111..on a beach..for his 68th birthday this coming Oct 24th..well he loved it.God Bless Shutterfly:)
      Very grateful for photos and hobbies indeed.

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  20. I LOVE the little film...Beautifully romantic, beautifully made. It's one of my favorite songs (Elvis sang it), but who sings it in this ad? You captured this season with its light and its bursts of color so magically! Enjoy!

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  21. Haley Reinhart..I do love her rendition!
    As I was leaving to go see the boys off the bus..I saw your post pop up..home now..going to visit you:)

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  22. I just watched that little movie - and like everyone else, tears streaming down my cheeks. So, so sweet. Wishing this for our grandchildren, I hope love & romance will still be around for them.

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    1. Me too..I know things change with the years..but with a start like this..chances are...:)♥
      I have watched it so many times now!!
      Tenderhearts are never a thing of the past..I hope.

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  23. Monique, Thanks so much for sharing the pecan pie recipe. It looks like the perfect dessert for the holidays. One of my favorites! I love all the photos! Just came back from visiting my sisters in Reno and Genoa, Nevada. I'm going to share the photos soon. The trees were turning like yours (yellow, green, orange) just gorgeous! I wanted to tell you the little fireplace I shared on my blog was a gift from my mother. It was an antique and always lighting up a pretend fire in our kitchen where we grew up. Forgot I had it. Lots of wonderful memories. Love the video, very sweet!!
    Hugs,
    Jody

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  24. Pecan is my favorite pie! Your photos are stunning. Thanks for sharing your wonderful memories!

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  25. Fall is indeed lovely in your area. I will truly miss the change of seasons in Florida but it is nice that I can enjoy fall through your wonderful photos. I make a chocolate pecan pie as well but mine has never been as pretty as yours.

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    1. But there will be so many things and people to compensate for the leaves:) For you..

      Always remember..we have to pick them up...

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  26. What a glorious world you live in! Pictures conjure such memorie,s so I totally disagree with said friend! And as for that video. I have seen it and I totally agree. I hope my son learned his manners well, but I know he did! And the pie? Pecan Pie is a must on our Thanksgiving table!

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    1. Such a cute commercial:) makes you once again believe in romance;)

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  27. Love the chairs on the dock! You have wonderful photos. Thanks for posting!

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    1. Thanks!It was a wonderful day..their place is fantastic.

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  28. I like the way you dipped the tip of each pecan in chocolate. It really is all in the details :-)
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Like your beautiful stitchery:) Each stitch dipped in creativity.

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  29. I can't believe I cried watching a commercial! So sweet. Your autumn landscapes and your chocolate pecan pie - spectacular.

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    1. Oh me too Susan.. tears welled up..so stinkin 'cute as my friend Susan ..Savoring Time In The Kitchen says:)

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  30. Wow! You're doing great for over 100 years as this recipe is awesome! There's a sugar addict coming for Thanksgiving dinner whom I make a pecan pie for. He would love this one! Awesome teary commercial too.

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    1. I think I am getting very old;)
      Maybe that's why the commercial speaks volumes to me also:)

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  31. My co-workers and I loved that commercial. Just so sweet, and I knew he was up to something with those gum wrappers :-)
    I like how you dipped the tips of the pecans in chocolate.....would have never thought to do that.
    Love those chairs on the dock!
    Wishing you a nice weekend.

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    1. Happy weekend to you too..It wasn't my idea..the dipped pecans:) Straight out of the rceipe..It never even dawned on me he was up to something..I think I was lost in the song and thier cuteness:)

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  32. Honestly Monique, I don't know which I love more...looking at those gorgeous fall leaves or tasting that divine pie!
    Many years ago we had a home on a lake...I remember scenes like these. Brings back lovely memories. Much as I love Florida now, I'm so glad I had the experience of northern Michigan for 32 years. Don't think I could make it through a winter anymore though. Just too damn old.
    Anyway....about cameras. I love looking at the photos too, but often have been caught without one or even my iPhone and turned to complain to my daughter who looked at me and then pointed at her head. Memory, Mom. It's all there in your memory.
    I did something amazingly gutsy recently...I am downsizing like mad as I don't want my kids to have a mess on their hands in the future. I actually found 4 VHS tapes of me when I was a child. In the 30's! My sister and I had put super 8 film of my uncle's on those tapes. I watched them all and then threw them out. Nobody interested in seeing them except me. Oh well....life proceeds, right?

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    1. Barabara your note rings many bells with me..how many 8mm movies Jacques put to video,so we could watch on our tv..you are right..who will care?Maybe the girls seeing themselves younger..
      who knows..

      I know my treasures are not theirs and I know when I am gone..they will be lost..given..forgotten.
      I met an aquaintance today while out and about and I commented that she was not working today? She is an artist ..a wonderful artist ..and sells some things at our brocante..she said it's too cold..I don't want to say I am old..but for the cold I am..and I agreed Barbara..I even have trouble talking in the cold..It's brisk today..40F in the sun and a crisp breeze..


      We had both driven around though ..on our own..feeling soo darn lucky to live in such a strikingly beautiful quaint small fall town.

      Things do change with age..and I see it all now.
      I get you to bits.

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  33. Ohhh I love the photo with just the two chairs. Fall is so pretty in Eastern Canada. It is one of the many things I miss about my homeland.

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    1. It is indeed one of His masterpieces:)

      I must say..when it's raining a gloomy fall..it's more spooky than pretty:)

      I walked Caro's doggies 3 days this week..omg two on two leashes..I was entertained and intertwined..:) A Gong show seeing me. Thought of Lucy;)

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  34. Gorgeous photos as always, and love love love that pie --- and the idea of dipping the pecan halves!

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    1. You're nice..I love everyone else's photos..I hope that's normal.
      I always pine for nicer.
      Maybe my cameras are too old now..comme moi;)


      Going to see you..Garden clean up here has been arduous..Voltaren and a heating pad lol..not.

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  35. Monique - the pictures are breathtaking. Truly what I dream about. The colors, the light, all of it. The pie looks amazing too - but fall is my favorite and these "photo memories" are fantastic. I can only imagine how much better it was in person. Thank you for those amazing shots. You have an incredible eye.

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  36. I'm so glad I stopped by this morning. I didn't get to see much of fall this year and I certainly got my fix of beauty. Now I wish I had a slice of that gorgeous pie... I reminds me somewhat of southern pecan pie all dressed up.
    xxoo
    Sam

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    1. Hope you're all nestled and cozy comfy under blue skies and warmer temps!

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  37. L'avantage d'arriver de trois semaines sans Internet, suite à nos terribles inondations, et d'une autre semaine à Londres, sans bon Internet non plus, c'est que j'aurai de la lecture jusqu'à Noël au moins, avec ton blog. Et j'en suis bien contente ! Il est tellement joli, ton coin de pays !

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    1. Et moi..de ma part.. j'aime bien le tien..j'en rêve :)♥

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