Mini Homemade Pecan Pies. Delicious individual mini pies all made from scratch and super easy too!
Mini Homemade Pecan Pies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Servings: 4 -6
Ingredients
For the pastry:
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbs . sugar
  • 1/4 tsp . salt
  • 1/3 cup cold unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp of vegetable shortening cold
  • 4 Tbs . ice water
The Filling:
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups toasted chopped pecans. reserve some pecan HALVES for decorating on the top
The Topping:
  • 1 Tablespoon Apricot Jam
  • 1 Teaspoon Hot Water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 400F, and place the pecans on a bake tray and toast for 5 - 8 minutes. Remove and allow to cool.
Make the pastry.
  1. Using a mixer, add the flour, sugar and salt to the bowl. Run the mixer at low speed for 10 seconds just to mix the ingredients evenly.
  2. Cut the butter into cubes and add them to the work bowl and also add the shortening.
  3. Mix at medium speed for a few minutes until mix appears like a crumble,..(like peas)
*** If making the pastry by hand, follow steps 2 - 4 by using 2 round bladed knives and mixing together until the mixture resembles crumble.
  1. Add the ice water one tbsp at the time with machine at medium speed. To test the pie dough, stop the mixer and squeeze a piece of dough. If the dough crumbles mix a little more until the dough holds together. If it does not hold together with time add 1 tbsp of water, mix again and keep trying ( I never had to add more than my 4 tbsp)
  2. When the dough is done, it should come together in a rough mass in the mixer bowl but not form a ball. Do not overmix or the crust will be tough.
***** By hand - continue using your knives to mix the ingredients whilst adding water. When the dough begins to hold together, use your hands to bring the dough together into a ball. try not to handle the dough too much as this will result in the dough being tough and chewy.
  1. Wrap well in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to overnight.
  2. When ready to roll, take it out of the fridge and roll it with a rolling pin. Will be workable very fast. Grease the pie tins very well with spray or butter.
  3. Roll out the pastry to fit your pie tins, either 4 3/4 Inch (12 cm), cupcake pan or one 9 1/2 inch pie plate so the pastry goes up the sides and a little over the edge of the pie tin.
Make the filling:
  1. Beat eggs and everything else but the toasted pecans and the pecan halves. Mix well and add the 2 cups of chopped pecans. Transfer to your prepared pie tins. Arrange pecan halves on top.
  2. Cook for 10 min at 400 F in the lower rack then after 10 minutes, move the pies to middle rack and reduce oven temperature to 350 F and cook for another 10 - 15 minutes. ****If using a cupcake pan, keep an eye of the pies incase the pastry starts to get too brown. If so, take them out of the oven after a total of 20 minutes.
  3. As soon as the pies come out of the oven, add the apricot jam in a small bowl with the hot water and mix well to loosen it. Then, using a brush, brush the tops of the pies, including the pastry tops with the jam . This will give a lovely shiny glaze to the pies.
  4. When done, serve warm or allow to cool and serve with some whipped cream or ice cream and enjoy!