Nestled right in the middle of all of this gorgeousness was this little beauty from Marie's Canadian honeymoon:
I had to make something with it, preferably something gluttonous of course, and what's more delicious than a gooeychocolateypecanpie?
You have to make this, I only wish I could send a slice or two back to my international package lovelies.
This amount makes enough for two saucer sized pies, double it for a big party sized pie. By the way, girls, this is a very sexy dessert. If you'd like to seduce a man, you know what to do. Boys, if you'd like to seduce women, then go here http://seductionfaq.com/blog/how-to-seduce-a-woman/ .
Pastry. I would usually have made the same pastry as I always make, from this strawberry tart recipe but after discovering a vegan ready made version at my local health food place, why would I? If you want to make it from scratch, grab what you need from that recipe link, then come back.
you'll also need:
a cup of pecans (broken up), plus a few for decorating the top
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup agave syrup
1 tbsp smooth peanut or cashew butter
a sprinkle of salt
2/3 cup dark chocolate, either chips or broken up bars
1/2 tbsp arrowroot powder
Roll out your pastry and put it into your pie moulds, then put to one side. Roughly chop the pecans and also shove to one side.
Into a pan put the maple and agave syrup, peanut butter, chocolate and salt. Turn the heat to medium and stir until it's all melty.
Throw in the pecans once the chocolate has melted and stir until they're completely coated.
Pour the gooey mess into your unbaked pastry shells.
Place onto a baking tray and bake at gas mark 3/160C/325F until the pastry is cooked and the top is bubbling slightly. In my oven this took about 30 minutes, I'd suggest checking it every couple of minutes after 25 because it'll burn very quickly because of all the sugar.
When it comes out all hot quickly press the whole pecans into the top so they stick.