Honey Butter Bourbon Pecan Chess Mini Muffin Poppers topped with Nutmeg
One evening a few weeks back I was sitting at home when the craving for Chess Pie over came my senses...a natural occurrence this time of year. Of course I got off my butt and went straight into the kitchen to make one. But here's the thing...when it comes to Chess Pie I like the filling not the crust. Don't get me wrong, I'm a total crust gal when it comes to Fruit Pies or Cobblers but Chess Pie...give me the filling. So I decided to do exactly that and make one without the crust. Instead I altered my recipe by adding just a little more corn meal into the batter and baked away. It came out with a super light and moist cake like texture. I thought, wow, these would be great as mini muffins. And that's where the making of this weeks food story adventure began. Of course adding pecans was a no brainer because along side Chess Pies this season are the ever favorite Pecan Pies. Honey Butter Bourbon Pecan Chess Mini Muffin Poppers brings a new twist on these holiday favorites. Hopefully these too will become a new holiday treat for years to come. Let the adventure begin...OH and don't forget to check out the video below of the entire process. ENJOY:)
Here's what you'll need to get started...
(bake at 350 for 30 minutes)
3 tbsp Corn Flour
1 tbsp All-Purpose Gluten Free Flour
1/2 cup Sugar
1 tbsp Lemon Juice
1/4 cup Dairy Free Butter
1/2 cup Cashew Cream(1/2 cup Cashews/ 1/2 cup Water...Blitz in high speed blender)
1 tsp Vanilla
1/4 tsp Salt
Mini Muffin Baking Pan
Honey Butter Bourbon Pecans
(roast at 350 for 18-20 minutes)
1 1/2 cup Pecans
1/2 cup Bourbon
2 tbsp Honey
2 tbsp Butter
1 tsp Vanilla
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Tumeric
So let's start with the Chess Mini Muffins. Place Eggs and Sugar in a bowl and give it good whip. Then add ALL the other ingredients MINUS the nutmeg(save that for last) and give it a good stir to incorporate.
Next...line a Mini Muffin baking pan with Mini Baking Cups and pour batter. Don't over fill as these little lovelies will get quite puffy as they bake. Place in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes. When finished baking remove and let cool.
Now let's work on the Honey Butter Bourbon Pecans. Place Bourbon in a sauce pan and heat on medium high till reduced by half. This takes approximately 5 minutes from the point it starts to simmer. Then add the Honey, Butter, Vanilla, Salt, and Turmeric. Give it another go on medium heat for a few minutes then add the Pecans. Toss Pecans in the sauce till evenly coated and the sauce starts to tighten up a bit then transfer to a non-stick baking pan and place in a 350 degree oven for 18-20 minutes till golden brown. I like to give it a good toss at 8 minutes to incorporate the yummy gooey sauce. When finished baking remove from oven and let cool before separating. The Turmeric gives them a lovely golden hue so don't panic if your fingers come away slightly yellowish tinted after the separation process.