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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4 comments:

  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,
    Nancy

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

    Blessings~
    Kelly

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

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  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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