It certainly fulfilled the 'special' criteria and it looked the part and was very easy to make actually, this one will impress your friends. I can hear you all now, asking "Do I have to make my own pastry?" Yes you do!! I have been over the pastry making in earlier posts so I won't bore you even more (Ok B I can see you yawning from here!) but I just can't stress enough, the less you handle your pastry the better.
This one is another Donna recipe. I had just bought the latest issue of her magazine - the one with the yummy jam doughnuts on the front. I came to page 148 and had to make this chocolate pecan pie! Well it was Mr M's birthday after all so I didn't really need to make up an excuse and I was totally over cake as Master M had his birthday the day before.
1 1/2 cups (225g) plain (all-purpose) flour
125g butter, chopped
1/2 cup (80g) icing (confectioner's) sugar
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon iced water
1 eggwhite, lightly beaten
1/2 cup (90g) brown sugar
1/2 cup (175g) golden syrup
40g butter, extra, melted
1/4 cup (60ml) single (pouring) cream
100 grams of chocolate, melted
Place the flour, butter and icing sugar in the bowl of a food processor and process until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. While the motor is running (I actually added the eggs first then pulsed it) add the egg yolks and vanilla. Add the water and process until the dough just comes together. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and gently bring together. Flatten into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 160 degrees (325 F). Roll pastry out between 2 sheets of non-stick baking paper to 3mm thick. Line a lightly greased 11cm x 34cm loose-bottomed tart tin with the pastry, trim the edges and prick the base with a fork. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Brush with eggwhite and place on a baking tray.
Place the sugar, golden syrup, butter, chocolate, eggs and cream in a bowl and whisk to combine.
Pour into the pastry shell and top with pecans. Bake for 30 minutes or until just set. Allow to cool.
Mine was probably in the oven an extra 10 minutes as I checked it after the 30 and it was still wobbly in the centre.