Pecan Tassies

*This is a guest blog post I did a couple of years ago over at LoveFeast Table and many have been unable to find it.  So I’m posting on my site for you all! Enjoy :)

My mom and I have many things in common: we love to sing, bake and thoroughly enjoy eating almost burnt cookies, we love to make art of any kind, and no matter the time of day, we eat sweets. Most importantly anything with caramel, nuts or chocolate.  This especially rings true in the holiday season.

Holidays evoke childhood memories of running around the Christmas tree, playing with ornaments with my sisters and hearing the angelic voice of Amy Grant in the background.  It was that time of year, when my mother spent hours in the kitchen baking cookies and other delightful treats.  There was always a certain dessert, a mini pie/tart- like creation that was so beautiful, I honestly didn’t know how my mom made them so perfect every time!  It wasn’t until many years later that she shared her secret to her Perfect Pecan Tassies, the mini-tart shaper… and with this knowledge, this handy, wooden little tool, has now become a staple in my baking drawer.  I will most definitely be passing down this tool to my girls!

So what are these delectable treats I speak of?  Pecan Tassies, the perfect combination of nuts, caramel, crunch and chew.  After being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease several years ago, I changed my diet drastically to naturally keep my disease under control.  That meant no gluten for me! It has been challenging, but fun at the same time trying to re-create childhood favorites.  This particular recipe has even impressed my father, one of my toughest critics.  After taking a few bites, he shockingly asked ” You can eat this?!?”  That was the ultimate compliment.

I have kept this gluten free recipe fairly simple to make, with ingredients you can now find easily at your local grocery store. These are beautiful little morsels that will spruce up any holiday gathering or cookie spread.

Pecan Tassies

crust
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons honey/maple syrup
  • 1 egg white (reserve yolk for filling)
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour or meal, firmly packed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
filling
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Combine crust ingredients and drop by the tablespoon-full into greased mini muffin tins.  (I find that a cookie scooper works perfectly for this)
  3. Gently push dough up the sides or if you have one, use a lightly floured mini tart shaper.  (Honestly, they come out just fine if you don’t have the tool)
  4. Fill each cup with pecans, dispersing evenly between all 24 of them. (filling about 3/4 full)
  5. Prepare filling:  whisk together ingredients until fully combined and smooth.  Pour into mini muffin tins carefully.
  6. Bake at 325 for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Allow them to cool down about 5 minutes and gently remove them from pan onto a cooling rack.

*Yields 24 pecan tassies.  Keeps in an airtight container for 3 days at room temperature or 1 week in the fridge.  They also freeze well, up to 1 month.

And the winner of the giveaway was selected, Congratulations Stacy!

Also the lovely ladies over at RogueTheoryLOOP so graciously put up a coupon code on their site just for you guys! Save 10% on anything in their shop until December 17th.

The code is :GLUTENFREEFIX

Yay! How awesome is that.  I think I need one of those scarves in my life :)

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week! I’m also excited for another giveaway! Hint hint, it’s jewelry.  YES. So be on the lookout.

Many Blessings,

Michelle

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Time For A Giveaway!

‘Tis the season for giving… I’ve decided to have a series of giveaways including”My Favorite Things”.  And no, that does not include my adorable daughter. To kick it off, I’m presenting to you these charming mason jar koozies.  You see, I have a serious problem drinking out of your typical travel mugs or even plastic cup for that matter.  The smell kills me every time.  I only drink out of glass.  I save every single jar, from pickles to coconut oil. Some might say my collection is getting out of hand, but to me, the more the merrier!

Anywho, off topic…. back to the giveaway. The creative duo, Kim and Christina over at RogueTheoryLOOP have the cutest shop on Etsy. Last year, I purchased several of their handmade mason jar covers for friends and decided to keep one for myself.  And boy am I glad I did!  I use it on a regular basis.  Their color selection and craftsmanship is beautiful.

Now to make the giveaway complete, I will also include a Cuppow Mason jar drinking lid.  It’s basically a grown-up sippy cup.  But more awesome. Perfect for the car, making this a complete travel mug. They use BPA and phthalate free food-grade recycled plastic, which makes it super eco-friendly. Yay!

Now to enter, head over to the RogueTheoryLOOP Etsy shop, and check out their colors. Come back here, and comment below with the color you would choose if you won and what your favorite hot drink is! That’s it!!

*Winner will receive 1 pint size mason jar, 1 cover (color of choice), and 1 Cuppow mason jar drinking lid.

Giveaway ends December 11th at 12:00 PM EST. Open to residents (18 years of age or older) of the US only. Prizes cannot be shipped to PO Boxes. Winner will be selected by Random.org and be notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Please note that glutenfreefix.com is not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. I have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. I will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. I will make every effort to assist you in obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 30 days for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you. The product provided for the review was free of charge from the company. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.Ok, ya’ll, hop to it!  Don’t forget to share this link with any family or friends who might also be interested in winning :)

Good luck!

~Michelle

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Caramel Apple Crisp

Sometimes for Thanksgiving you might want a more rustic dessert (aka, not adding on the stress of making pie dough).  So I’ve decided to add this recipe for those who prefer a simple, and equally delicious dessert.

You can completely prep and assemble the entire dessert ahead of time, then simply throw in the oven while everyone is eating their big Thanksgiving meal (now that the ovens are free!)

Make a batch of No Churn Vanilla Icecream days before and you are good to go!

Caramel Apple Crisp

caramel (cook caramel and set aside)

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk(canned light) or heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

filling (toss all ingredients together and place in 9 inch pie plate or baking dish)

  • 6 cups peeled, cored and sliced apples (about 3-5, depending on how large they are) I prefer to use a mix gala/granny smith/honeycrisp.
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut flour, firmly packed

topping (combine all ingredients with hands until combined)

  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup almond flour, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  1. Make caramel first:  in a saucepan, cook butter and honey until golden brown on high (about 2-3 minutes). Quickly remove from heat to stop cooking and add in coconut milk or cream. Whisk. Stir in vanilla.  Set aside to cool.
  2. Prepare apples: peel, core and slice.  Toss in coconut flour and cinnamon.  Layer into pie plate or similar sized baking dish.
  3. Pour caramel over top of apples.
  4. Prepare topping.  Using fingers, crumble mixture evenly over the top of the apples.
  5. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through.
  6. Cool slightly before serving. Top with No-Churn Vanilla Icecream or Coconut Whipped Cream (for a dairy free option).

Definitely not into making pies? Then try my Gooey Pumpkin Pie Cake.  Everything you love about pumpkin pie, just in cake form.

And for last minutes tips and a recipe roundup of my Thanksgiving favorites, check out my post on Preparing for Thanksgiving.

I hope everyone enjoys there holiday and time with family and friends!

Many blessings,

~Michelle

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Preparing for Thanksgiving

So I have officially begun prepping parts of our Thanksgiving meal, anything I can make in advance I do! This allows you to stay on task and still be able to enjoy your holiday with family and friends.  Here is a good list to get you started, click on any of the photos or the recipe names and that will take your directly to the recipe.

Homemade Pumpkin Puree – This is not a must(unless SCD), but an added bonus if you have the time to do it.  Make now and freeze in the portions needed for your recipes. Makes your pies and soups extra special.

Double Pie Crust Recipe-  I made this batch of pie dough, separated it into two discs, flattened and wrapped in saran wrap, and placed in the freezer.  Now, I can pull the dough out the day before Thanksgiving, let it defrost, roll out, fill and bake. One  Classic Pumpkin Pie and One Maple Pecan Pie (or Honey Pecan Pie). Dessert, done.

Turkey Broth – Purchase one turkey breast (on bone about 1 1/2-2lbs), placed in a pot with 1 onion, 3 carrots, 3 celery stalks, all roughly chopped and fill the pot to the top with water. Bring to a boil, turn down and simmer for 4-6 hours until dark and reduced.  In the end you will have about 1 quart of rich and flavorful turkey broth.  Strain, cool down, and freeze. Use the turkey meat for a dinner or sandwiches this week. Perfect, now you will be ready to whip up your gravy in no time on Turkey day!

Gluten Free Cornbread – Make a batch of cornbread, cool down, cut into cubes and dry out in oven at 275 for 25-30 minutes until golden and crispy.  Throw in a ziplock and freeze.  Now you are ready to assemble your Bacon-Cornbread Stuffing!

Cheddar Sage Biscuits – make the dough now, scoop into biscuit size with a cupcake scoop, place on lined tray and freeze. Once set, remove from tray and place in container and keep frozen until day of.  Set frozen rolls on sheet tray and allow to thaw for 30 minutes.  Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes.

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake- follow instructions and fully prepare, wrap and freeze.  Thaw for 1 hour before serving. Keeps in the freezer for up to 1 month!

Chocolate Brownie Icecream Cake – Okay, not a traditional Thanksgiving dessert, but there are many chocolate lovers among us.  So this one is nice for a change… Keeps in the freezer up to one month.  If you don’t end up using for Thanksgiving, pull it out for a last minute holiday party in December!

5 days before: Quick Cranberry Sauce- can be made up to 5 days in advance, kept in the refrigerator in an air tight container.

2-3 days before: Butternut Squash with Browned Butter and Sage.  And Cheesy Cauliflower Puree. Store in casserole dish, and reheat in oven while the turkey is resting.

1 day before: Green Bean Casserole, Praline Butternut Squash Casserole.  Assemble the casseroles, cover, and refrigerate overnight. Bake the day of.

That’s it for now folks!  I am sharing my Caramel Apple Crisp recipe tomorrow, so be on the lookout :)

Many Blessings,

Michelle

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No Churn Vanilla Icecream

Okay… I’m going to burst a few bubbles right away, this recipe is not dairy free, paleo or SCD.  It’s made with good ole heavy cream, and it’s unbelievably simple and delicious. Only 3 ingredients in the recipe ya’ll! Anyone can do this.

This is my rendition of a Martha Stewart recipe.  I think it popped up on Pinterest and I was intrigued to make it, within my food restrictions.  Luckily for me, I can handle good quality heavy cream in moderation.

So, it’s the holidays and this is the perfect accompaniment to all of those pies and desserts.  Make it ahead of time and it will be one less thing to worry about the day of.

No Churn Vanilla Icecream

  • 2 cups heavy cream (organic and grass fed if possible)
  • 2/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract (use the good stuff!)
  1. Whip your heavy cream to stiff peaks.
  2. In a separate bowl, stir in about 2 tablespoons of the whipped cream into the honey and vanilla.  This allows the honey to soften and it will more easily combine with the whipped cream.
  3. Gently fold the honey into the whipped cream.
  4. Pour into a loaf pan, cover with plastic wrap and freeze overnight for best results.
  5. That’s it! Enjoy.

Here’s a little preview of the next recipe I’ll be sharing! Caramel Apple Crisp, topped with my No Churn Vanilla Icecream.

I had to snap the photo pretty quickly, because my apple crisp was hot out of the oven and I was running out of daylight.  I’m not sure about where you all live, but here in Maryland it is dark by 5 o’clock these days! Anyways, the crisp recipe will be up this week, along with a roundup of all of my Thanksgiving recipes. So check back for more!

Many blessings,

~Michelle

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