Tuesday, April 29, 2008

What is better than one Toffee Turtle Pie?

Why TWO Toffee Turtle pies, of course! Which is just what I made yesterday to take to our church fellowship's annual Mother - Daughter Banquet. Not a crumb came home, so is that a good recommendation?

I am feeling better each day, and re-gaining my strength. Since my strong, healthy Historian is still feeling the affects of this virus and is still very tired out, I'm guessing it will take me a while longer to get back on track! The liver thing makes every illness a bit harder to recover from, and this was quite the bug. We are so very thankful that the Dreamer has escaped - we have been praying for her protection, and now are thanking God for keeping her from illness. I want to thank you for all of your prayer support and kind words! What a blessing you all have been to me!

And now, for a recipe ... be warned, it is addictive!

Two Toffee Turtle Pies
one to keep and one to share!

2 baked 9" pastry pie shells, cooled
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans, lightly toasted

Sprinkle 1/2 cup of pecans in each pie shell and set aside.

Combine in heavy bottomed pot:

1 can sweetened condensed milk (1 cup total)
1 cup brown sugar - packed
1 cup butter
4 Tablespoons light corn syrup

Stirring constantly, bring this mixture to a boil over medium heat. It sticks and burns if you don't keep stirring - it takes about 6 minutes to come to a full boil, so be patient. If you get a few brown spots, don't panic, it will all blend in! You cannot rescue it if it burns though, so keep on stirring! Boil for 5 more minutes - still stirring! Remove from heat and add 1 tsp. vanilla. Stir slowly with a spoon for 2-3 minutes or until is just starts to thicken up. Do not over stir or you will end up with a pie that is too firm to cut or eat. Pour toffee over pecans in pie shells dividing the filling as evenly as possible. Don't lick the spoon - you might burn your tongue!

Now for the fun part - you'll need about 40 unbroken pecan halves - 20 per pie. Place the pecan halves around the outside edges of the pie in and upright position against the crust - these are the turtle's toes! Push them down a bit so they stay put and than put the pies in a cool place.

The last step:

Melt 5 Tablespoons of butter with 2 cups of milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips in a small saucepan. Pour carefully over the two pie tops and while it is still warm, spread it right to the edge. Chill pies for at least an hour.

I like to cut these pies into at least 10 pieces, but 12 would be fine too since it is very rich and sweet. Not diet food, but a nice treat once in a while! Enjoy!

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  1. i think i gained 5 lbs reading that recipe ... too bad i can't share 5 of 'em with a friend ;)

    i am so glad that you're all starting to feel better. i'm still praying for your dreamer that she'll get through this without becoming ill.

    under His grace and mercy,

  2. Oh so glad to know and see you are doing better, those pies would make anyone feel good!!!!!


  3. Now that is my kind of pie...so pretty too! I'm glad you are starting to feel better!

  4. Oh my goodness!! What a great recipe! Thanks for sharing it.

    I hope you are all in tip top shape soon!


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