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!