Crazy Good Pie Contest-English Toffee Pecan Pie

Our third and final contestant had an English Toffee Pecan recipe that won the judges over.

English Toffee Pecan Pie
Makes one “9 inch pie

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE CRUST
1 1/4cups all-purpose flour; plus more for work surface
11/2teaspoon salt
11/2cup cold leaf lard, cut into pieces
2 tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces

FOR THE FILLING .'
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
21/3 cup light com syrup
11/4cup firmly packed light-brown sugar
11/4cup unsalted butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup-toffee bits
1 cup chopped pecans
22 pecan halves, for garnish

DIRECTIONS
1. Make the crust: In a large bowl, whisk
together flour and salt. Using a pastry
cutter, cut in lard and butter until mixture
resembles coarse crumbs, about the size
of peas. Sprinkle with water, 1 tablespoon
at a time, and mix lightly with a fork after
each addition, until mixture is moistened.
Turn out dough onto a clean work surface
and shape into a flattened disk. Wrap in
plastic; transfer to refrigerator and chill for
30 minutes.

2. Lightly flour a pastry doth and roll out
dough on cloth, using a covered rolling
pin, to a 12-inch round, about 1IB-inch
thick. With a dry pastry brush, sweep off
excess flour; fit dough into a 9-inch glass
pie plate. Trim to a 112-inch overhang all
around. Fold under and crimp edges.

3. Make the filling: Preheat oven with a
rack set in the lower third to 375 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix together eggs, com
syrup. brown sugar, butter'",salt, vanilla,
almond extract, toffee bit~, and chopped
pecans.
4. Pour filling into pie crust. Top with
pecans by evenly spacing 14 of them
around the outer edge of pie filling. Make
a second row by evenly spacing seven
pecans in a smaller circle in the center;
place 1 pecan in center.

5. Transfer pie to oven; bake for 20
minutes. Cover with parchment paperlined
aluminum foil and continue baking
until a knife inserted in the center comes
out clean, 20 to 30 minutes more. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.


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