Mini Pecan Pies with Sweet Tea Caramel Sauce

I’ve always wanted to try this recipe, so when my mother sent me a bag of pecans, I was so happy..finally I will be able to make pecan pies..I got a kilo of pecans and this is just the first of few pecan (pie) recipes I wanted to try. I did this first because I love mini pies, they’re cute and I can eat it by hand, you can control the portion that you eat; no slicing which means no plating necessary, hence less dishes to wash ( not with these though because it has sweet tea sauce and I serve two of them with ice cream for the kids, but it’s okay).

This recipe is from Tyler Florence, this is quite easy to make and quick too. I’ve said it many times before, I love simple doable recipes. The only thing I changed in the recipe was using honey instead of dark corn syrup, other than that I didn’t do anything else, I followed the recipe exactly but I only managed to make 10 mini pies instead of 12 as stated in the recipe.

bake until set, cool for a while and take out of the pan
I like mine without ice cream

Recipe courtesy Tyler Florence and Food Network, 2007

2 tablespoons finely ground pecans
1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
Pinch salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cut into small chunks
1 egg white, chilled
2 tablespoons ice water, only if needed
For the filling:

1 cup pecan halves
2 eggs
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 stick unsalted butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup dark corn syrup ( I used honey)
1/4 teaspoon salt

For the sweet tea caramel sauce:
6 earl grey tea bags
2 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 quart vanilla bean ice cream

For the pie pastry dough:

In a food processor combine the ground pecans, flour, salt, and sugar. Add the butter and process until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Pour in the egg white and blend it in to bind the dough until it holds together without being too wet or sticky. Squeeze a small amount of dough together, if it is crumbly, add the ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Lightly coat a 12-cup muffin tray with nonstick spray. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to about a 2 foot square, then use a small bowl 3-inches in diameter or a large 3-inch ring mold as a guide to cut out circles. They should be slightly larger in diameter than the muffin tin hole, so when pressed in, the edges come half-way up the sides of the tin.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

For the filling:
In a large mixing bowl, mix the eggs until frothy then blend in sugars. Stir in the melted butter, vanilla, syrup and salt until well blended. Arrange the pecans on the bottoms of the tart shells. Pour in the filling to fill the shells almost to the top. Bake until the filling is set and slightly puffed, about 25 to 30 minutes. Test for doneness by sticking a thin knife in the center of the pie, if it comes out pretty clean, you’re good to go. Transfer the pies to a rack and cool.

While the pie is baking, make the Sweet Tea Caramel Sauce. Begin my making the tea. Bring 2 cups of cold water to a boil in a large heavy saucepan. Add the tea bags, cover and let steep for 20 minutes. Remove the tea bags (squeeze them out) and then return to a simmer until it has reduced by half – so you have 1 cup of really strong tea remaining. Add the 1/2 cup of sugar to the saucepan and continue to simmer over medium heat.

Cook, swirling the pot around, until the mixture is a deep caramel color and looks like syrup, about 10 minutes. Carefully pour in the cream, be careful as it will bubble up, and continue to cook for 1 more minute. Serve with individual pecan pies and a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

Thanks for reading and Have a nice day!

39 Responses to "Mini Pecan Pies with Sweet Tea Caramel Sauce"

  1. Pecan Pie Paul   December 16, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Great pecan pie recipe! This looks great! I am going to bake these mini pecan pies this weekend!!

  2. banquet manager   November 22, 2009 at 1:59 pm

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  3. Jim   November 20, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    These look great!

  4. Trish Oleary   November 20, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    OH MY these look scary!! I love pecan pie and I can’t wait to make these.

  5. Jeannie   November 19, 2009 at 6:24 am

    Hmm…these looks yummy…. my boys would love them. Very expensive ingredients though.

  6. Divina   November 17, 2009 at 2:18 am

    I almost missed this post and look at the pies. I can eat more than three. Definitely with ice cream for me. Thanks for your comment on my blogs’ first birthday. 😀

  7. Eva   November 16, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Wow do those look good. And it sounds so southern, I might need to give it a shot!

  8. Karine   November 15, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    These sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. Winelayd   November 15, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Oh, my, this looks soooo delicious. I just adore pecan pie and I’m sure this will be another one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I’m definitely going to make this.

    Thank you,

  10. joanne   November 15, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    I’m not sure if I dare make these. They look SO good. Great post.

  11. Wizzythestick   November 14, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    I love pecan pie but I can only have just a little as it is a tad too sweet for my tastes.

  12. Mr. P   November 14, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    You really take amazing photos! They looks so chewy and delicious.

    I bet they are great, but I’m with ancoo. Pecans cost the earth here! Maybe I’ll use almonds instead…

  13. Filipina Loves Food   November 14, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    these looks so cute and so delicious. I can’t wait to try this recipe for thanksgiving

  14. kristy   November 14, 2009 at 5:41 am

    OMG, this is just so irresistable! Already bookmark it. Thanks for sharing! Have a nice weekend. Cheers.

  15. kristy   November 14, 2009 at 5:38 am

    OMG, this is just so divine! I’m salivating…. Have to bookmark this! Thanks for sharing.

  16. dollydoesdesserts   November 13, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    wows! Looks delicious, I’ve been looking for pies recipe anyway! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  17. Barabara Bakes   November 12, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    This looks so deliciously decadent!

  18. Debi (Table Talk)   November 12, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Pecan Pie is so sweet I usually only want a few bites….these are perfect, and cute! I love individual desserts.

  19. wasabi prime   November 12, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Delicious! These are just the perfect size, I think I’d have to try one with ice cream and then without, just to be sure I’m fully informed over my decision over whether or not I like it with ice cream. 😉

  20. Jessie   November 12, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    adorable desserts! they looks so yummy and I am loving the sweet tea caramel sauce

  21. Nat   November 12, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Olive that looks so decadent and satifying..such a beautiful picture too…it made me drool : )

  22. Brad   November 12, 2009 at 10:28 am

    The mini pies look so delish.

    Thanks for reviewing the recipe. Its nice to know what recipes work, because some are very hard to follow. Tyler’s recipe looked pretty straightforward and not complex, as you said you liked.

    Have a great day.

  23. penny aka jeroxie   November 12, 2009 at 9:21 am

    These mini pies are so yummilicious. I bet you can’t stop at one

    • Olive   November 12, 2009 at 5:27 pm

      now Penny, how did you know that? I actually ate 3 in one sitting 😉

      @foodlovee, Katherine, Alta, cheah, Brad, Nat, Jessie – thank you very much!!

  24. cheah   November 12, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Think I’ll prefer mine without ice cream too.

  25. Alta   November 12, 2009 at 8:46 am

    I love pecan pie. Mine has to be chock full of pecans though. I love your mini idea. I think I might just do that instead of a regular pie!

  26. Katherine   November 12, 2009 at 5:40 am

    Pecans are one of my favourite nuts. They are just so tasty. These are perfect for high tea.

  27. foodlovee   November 12, 2009 at 4:54 am

    looks so yummy!

  28. MaryMoh   November 12, 2009 at 3:38 am

    mmm….looks so inviting. Love that syrupy caramel sauce. I love mine with ice cream.

    • Olive   November 12, 2009 at 4:50 pm

      Hi, Mary, I love it with the caramel sauce too..and I can’t blame you, ice cream on top of these mini pies is wickedly good 😉

      @experimentalculinarypursuits, the Klutzy Cook, Kim (ungourmet), Miriam, SophieThanks so much for your nice comments 🙂

  29. Sophie   November 12, 2009 at 3:21 am

    Wow!! Those mini pies look so fantastic!! And that sweet tea caramel sauce looks divine too!

    WAW!!!!!! MMMMMMMMMMMM,…lovely naughty treats!

  30. Miriam/The Winter Guest   November 12, 2009 at 2:20 am

    These look amazing!

  31. theUngourmet   November 11, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Oh my golly! These look amazing! Pecan pie is one of my most favorites. I would love to make these for Thanksgiving.

  32. The Klutzy Cook   November 11, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    I haven’t had a pecan pie in ages and you’ve totally wet my appetite for one (or more). I love the idea of mini pies – they look great. Thanks.

  33. Experimental Culinary Pursuits   November 11, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    The bites look so delicious! I love pecan pies but even though I’ll be in love w/ the first bite, I’ll quickly get sick of it, so bites are the perfect solution!

    • Olive   November 12, 2009 at 4:38 pm

      thanks, and they’re easier too 🙂

      Anncoo, Patty, Joy – Thanks, I’m glad you liked it 🙂

  34. Joy   November 11, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    omg would you look at that caramel??? This looks awesome, Pecan Pie is such a staple in the south I definitely will be making these during Thanksgiving 🙂

  35. Patty   November 11, 2009 at 7:17 am

    Holy smokes! These mini pecan pies look incredible. I have a genuine soft spot for pecans, myself, so I will definitely try these! Thank you for sharing!

  36. anncoo   November 11, 2009 at 6:36 am

    Mmm…so yummy. I love pecans a lot but it is very expensive in Singapore.


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