29 June 2009

Recipe: Kentucky Derby Tartlets

From Denny: Found this little gem of a recipe over at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Tartlet desserts are popular for entertaining in Louisiana and this season of horse racing is no exception.

Of course, like a lot of Americans I watched all the drama of the horse races. Why? Louisiana's Jockey Calvin Borel was in all of them, a female horse won - I had to cheer for girl power since it was the first time in over 70 years a filly won anything significant - and lastly, though I did not grow up there I was born in Kentucky and some things you just can't get out of a person - like loving horses.

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For the recipe, just remember: Louisiana has FABULOUS pecans!

I left the recipe's prelude text in its entirety from the Atlanta Journal because I find it interesting to trace how a recipe makes its rounds and it gives the reader a flavor of the food writing in that part of America:

What Can I Bring?

Make and take: Make these surprisingly simple treats ahead of time and store in an air-tight container at room temperature. They also freeze well.

Made famous by: Joan Demer of Stone Mountain, who got the recipe from her daughter in Virginia. "I've had compliments whenever I've served it, " she said.

Frozen pre-made phyllo shells make this take on pecan tassies a breeze. To toast pecans, spread nuts on a baking sheet and bake 5 to 10 minutes in a 350-degree oven until lightly browned.

Hands on time: 15 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes
Serves: 45


45 mini phyllo shells, such as Athens brand

1/3 cup semisweet chocolate miniature morsels

1 cup finely chopped toasted pecans

3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1 tablespoon melted butter

1/4 cup bourbon

1 large egg, lightly beaten


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange the shells on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle the miniature morsels into the shells, dividing evenly. In a mixing bowl, combine the pecans, brown sugar, butter, bourbon and beaten egg; stir well. Spoon the mixture into the shells, filling each 3/4 full. Bake for 20 minutes or until set and golden brown. Cool 10 minutes before serving.


If you have any leftover filling, you can cook it in the microwave and serve it over vanilla ice cream, Demer said.


Per serving:
60 calories (percent of calories from fat, 43), 1 gram protein, 8 grams carbohydrates, trace fiber, 3 grams fat (1 gram saturated), 5 milligrams cholesterol, 41 milligrams sodium.

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