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1  COOKING / Dessert / Dark Chocolate Bacon Pecan Pie on: November 23, 2014 08:17:59 PM
This is some next level pie!
The smokiness of the chocolate and the saltiness of the bacon really bring out the flavor of the otherwise subtle taste of pecans.

1 1/2 Cups Pecan halves (crushed pecans will do)
1 package quality bacon cooked and the fat separated
1/4 (?) cup dark chocolate chips

3 eggs
1 cup white sugar
1 cup dark corn syrup
3 tbs brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla

oh and a pie crust

First cook your bacon. I prefer the oven method its cleaner and I don't have to watch it as closely. Place bacon in a baking sheet and bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes. Separate the fat. I got 1/2 cup if you get a little more or less it won't really matter.

In a mixer beat the eggs then added the sugars, then added the vanilla and bacon fat. Set aside.

I first added a layer of chocolate chips to the bottom of my crust.
(note: I am an neurotic perfectionist. Arrangement of the chips and pecans has no effect on taste.)

Then I added a layer of pecans.

and I crushed three pieces of bacon and sprinkled it them over the pecans (you can add more or less to taste, I like just a hint)

and finally the last layer of pecans (I ran out of whole pretty ones so I filled the center with broken bits of the rest)

Then I filled my pie crust with the prepared filling. Repeat after me- I WILL NOT OVER FILL MY PIE
Pecan pie filling expands then contracts. If you overfill your crust, some filling will overflow and when the pie contracts you will have an inderfilled pie. I had enough of the sugar egg mixture to make another pie but I didn't want to mess with he ratio of indredients.
I fill just to the top of the pecans, and I place the pie on a parchment lined sheet just for good measure.

Now pie filling cooks slower than pie crust so I make a tin foil tent.

Bake the pie for 30 minutes at 350 with the tent, then uncover and cook for another 20 minutes without it.

Pecan is a night-before pie because you want to let it cool and form a nice crust on top. Then reward your patience  a la mode.
2  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Cookies, cookies, cookies on: November 23, 2014 07:11:49 PM
Aww thanks guys!
3  COOKING / Dessert / Cookies, cookies, cookies on: November 17, 2014 08:14:24 PM
I haven't posted in a while but I have been busy...making cookies!
I'm officially addicted. Royal icing is a generous and forgiving medium. maybe soon I'll post a tutorial.
Anyway let he picture obesity begin.

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Harry Potter Favorites Swap on: October 06, 2014 09:07:16 AM
I too got amazingly spoiled by my angel mommythemaid. First a mug rug. She said she wasn't thrilled with it but I think its perfect in every way.

And crystal ball earrings and stitch markers.

Owl earrings and this amazballs owl charm bracelet (my first charm bracelet)!
And as if that wasnt enough she mde me this crazy soft long slytherine scarf.

Its one of the best swap packages I ever gotten. THan you mommythemaid for being such an angel.
5  COOKING / Dessert / Re: That Snitch Cray!- and its a cookie on: October 02, 2014 07:56:32 PM
Your snitch is great, and the wings really take it up a notch.  I've never even heard of a round cookie, but there are so many possibilities.  Mini deathstar, pokemon ball, snowball...
I want to try a death star next
6  COOKING / Dessert / That Snitch Cray!- and its a cookie on: October 01, 2014 11:14:46 AM
I'm teaching myself royal icing cookie decoration, and I just got a round cookie mold. There is definitely a learning curve, but as soon as I figured out how to get a round cookie I knew I had to make a snitch.

I used floral wire and old book pages for the wings. There are some things I would do diferently but all in all I love it. Don't think I could eat it though.

Like I said...a learning curve.
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft! Gallery on: September 30, 2014 01:03:33 PM
I received from stillatthetop.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft! Gallery on: September 23, 2014 11:23:15 AM
What a great gallery
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft? SU closed SO Sept 20, 2014 on: September 19, 2014 07:44:12 PM
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Harry Potter Favorites Swap on: September 10, 2014 09:35:31 AM
I just sent my q's.
I was really hoping Alex would pull through. Its kind of sad, I've never been in a swap where anything like this happened. I hope she is ok. 
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