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.

Crust:
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

Filling:
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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0 thoughts on “Badge of Glory”

  1. 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.

  2. 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*

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