Saturday, November 7, 2009

Badge of Glory

Nearly one year ago, I shared with you my sad, sad, tale and lamentable story about not winning my company's annual summer picnic dessert contest; it was fixed, I know it (that's what I believe to get myself through it anyway) - no really it was fixed. I've decided people are super weird about voting for baked goods.

Ah yes, I weep! ...let's move on! Remember I also shared with you how I won my church's annual dessert contest 3 consecutive years in a row!

This recipe is the winning recipe from the first year I accepted my badge of glory and literal trophy. This is the recipe I spent weeks deciding on, how to display it, and how to maximize distribution. This was the recipe that won me the glory so that, finally, I didn't go home with funeral bags until my eyes!

Caramel Walnut Flan

This Thanksgiving delight is similar to pecan pie, but is made with walnuts instead. It has a wonderful crumbly crust, a gooey caramely center, and a crunch that satisfies.

1 ½ cups flour
½ butter
¼ powdered sugar
Cut together with a pastry blender until mixture resembles pebbles
Drop in a few drops of water, just until mixture comes together
Chill dough for 10 minutes
Roll dough out to ¼ inch thickness
Form to 8" or 10"tart pan with removable bottom, press against sides
Set aside

3 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup dark corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons maple syrup
Mix with hand held mixer on high until mixture is smooth

Stir in 2 cups walnut halves

Pour into crust shell
Bake at 375F°, 45-50 minutes
Pie is done when edges are set, but middle wobbles when pan is tapped
Remove and let cool before removing rim of pan
Enjoy with a dollop of cream (as always)

Truth be told, I don't really know what to call this: A Tart, A Torte, A Flan, or A Pie. What do you think?

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13 Sweet Talkers:

Life with Kaishon said...

I don't know what you would call it exactly, but if it was at my house this morning, well, I would call it breakfast : )

I am popping over from SITS and holy mama does that sound good!

Thimbleanna said...

Ooooh, yum! Thanks for sharing your recipe. I love pecan pie, but I love walnuts more than pecans, so this must be a win-win!!!

Barbara said...

No wonder you won. Yowee! That is one delicious looking pie. (I always think of a tart as being smaller- although you could call it a tart; it is definitely NOT a torte or flan- so you decide, but I think it's a pie!)
Anyway, whatever it is, I want it.

Pamela said...

This dessert truly is divine. A big ol dollop of whipping cream and your in heaven!!!

Miss Dot said...

I myself am particularly partial to pecan pie but mmmm does this look splendid -- especially the picture of the slice that has ooey gooey pie innards oozing out. Oh my heavens, this wouldn't stand a chance around me. *drool*

Bombshell BLISS said...

Oh Mercy that looks delish! I'm am pathetic in the kichen. Stopping by from SITS. I think I may need to following you. Could use the recipes. Thanks!

love lives in the kitchen said...

what a great recipe! i need to try it! so ymmy!
wish you a sweet monday!

Melissa said...

this would look/taste so good on my dining table this coming Thanksgiving! thanks for sharing =)

MamaOtwins+1 said...

Flan sounds pretty - but it looks like a torte - either way
That looks so tasty!!!

Stopping by from SITS

Marie-Jolie said...

Just visiting from SITS. You've made my mouth water today and I'm ready for a treat! :)

Clare said...

stopping by from SITS. I would definetely call it a torte. Thank you for giving the recipe I am going to try it

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