Saturday, June 4, 2011

Pecan Pie Pockets

While I'm supposed to be focusing on healthy food recipes,
 watching the Food Network Channel lures me to the
 sinful stuff that I'm craving.

  Paula Deen always comes through with some new awesome
 treats to try out for those times you just gotta be bad with food.

Photo and recipe source:  The Food Network Website


  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Flour, for dusting
  • 1 premade pie crust
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • Confectioners' sugar


In a Dutch oven or deep fryer, heat the oil over medium heat to 350 degrees F.
In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, butter and eggs. Stir in the pecans, vanilla and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, reduce the heat and simmer 10 minutes.
On a lightly floured surface, unroll the pie crust. Cut out rounds using a 4 1/2-inch cutter. Re-roll the dough as needed. Repeat the procedure with the remaining dough. Place 1 pie crust round on a clean, flat surface. Lightly brush the edges of the crust with the beaten egg yolk. Place 1 heaping tablespoon of pecan mixture in the center of the round. Fold the dough over the filling, pressing the edges with a fork to seal. Repeat with the remaining rounds and pecan mixture.
Fry the pies in batches until lightly browned, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels. Lightly dust with confectioners' sugar, if desired.


Catherine said...

Dear Gina, These look wonderful! I should make them for my brother. He has a birthday coming up and loves pecan pie! Blessings, Catherine xo

Gina Alfani said...

Hi Catherine! I love the concept of these little pies . . . sounds like a great idea for your brother :)

I would like to experiment with different pie fillings . . . would be great for a party to have an assortment of little pie pockets.

Anonymous said...

Gina your a genius! I haven't thought of this pecan pie recipe before, I know a lot of pecan pie recipes but haven't made this one, Very good we have a recipe that also encloses the filling inside and we call it empanada, and this one looks like pecan pie empanada.. I really Love it :)

Gina Alfani said...

I love empanadas @harveyjustineodan!!

At one time, I had a dough recipe for empanadas that was like a sweet roll recipe that I would make meat pies with . . . I lost it and have not been able to duplicate it. I'd love to find a replacement.

Thanks for visiting and commenting . . . and for the sweet comment :)

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