Thursday, January 30, 2014

take my word for it wednesday.. i've been blogging for 3 years. so let's celebrate with beer, chocolate and bacon.. today i give you a chocolate chip, beer, bacon and pecan tart..




 
this was supposed post yesterday.. actually if truth be told it was supposed to post on tuesday, my 3 year blogaversary.. but i got busy and didn't have time.. i usually write and upload my posts during the lunch hour but work has been so busy and crazy that i haven't had time.. which is a good thing, makes the day fly by, but a sad thing too.. it means we are suing a lot of people or our clients are being sued.. :/ so please forgive me for posting this late..  
 
i can not believe i've been blogging for 3 years.. like the old saying goes "days are long but the years are short" it amazes me i have been allowed to share with you my recipes, stories and little bits of my kaotic life.. i appreciate all the kind words and encouragement i receive.. thankfully i have never received a mean or hurtful email or remark.. i've said it before i am not a "blogger" persay.. just a muddled minded cook that if she didn't document her recipes would forget them the next day.. so
 
THANK YOU FOR BEING A LOYAL READER!! and welcome new comers.. everyone is welcome in my kaotic kitchen.. {pssst the kitchen and house have been more kaotic than usual we've been doing some "remodeling" which, i will share with you when all done.. i can't wait but i love all the changes we are making}
 
 
i think you'll forgive me for posting this late because today's recipe is sweet, chocolaty and it has bacon and beer.. seriously what could be better??
 
 
i had a dinner  party {sheesh doesn't that sound so formal.. but it was a party where we ate dinner soo..} the other night and when i invite friends/family over for meals i like to do themes.. i know it's a little silly but hey it's me.. the most recent dinner was all things bacon.. we even made bacon.. we got a pork belly, cured it for 10 days then slow smoked it over maple wood.. it was phenomenal... i made apple, spicy bacon and blue cheese canapés, bacon wrapped stuffed jalapenos, bacon vodka {recipe coming soon} to go in the blood mary's, blue cheese wedge salad, a bacon mushroom savory bread pudding {recipe coming soon} and bacon wrapped pork tenderloin medallions with a garlic dijon compound butter {recipe coming soon}.. everything was so scrumptious.. a little on the decadent side but in little doses worth the calories..
 
 
we had a new years eve party and this beer was left over so i used it in the tart.. worked out perfect.. thanks lo..
 

i actually made 2 tarts/pies one with chocolate and one without.. equally delicious. 


beer, bacon, chocolate chip pecan tart {inspired by this recipe here}

prep time: 10 minutes
cooking time: 20-30 minutes
servings: 2 tarts

ingredients:

2 ready made pilsbury pie crusts

filling:

1 cup stout beer
4 oz. butter
4 cups pecans
2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
2 eggs {slightly beaten}
1 cup chocolate chips {optional}
5 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled or diced  {here is the easiest way to cook bacon in the oven}

candied bacon garnish:

3 bacon strips
2 tblsp. brown sugar {cook like the easy bacon above just rub brown sugar all over the bacon before cooking} then crumble or dice

directions:

pre heat your oven to 375 degrees {f} let your dough sit out for about 10 minutes, then place them each in a 11" tart pan or pie plate.. using your fingers gently press the dough to the bottom and side of pan.. using a fork prick dough on the bottom.. place dough in oven for 5 minutes.. while it's cooking make your filling.. in a large mixing bowl combine beer, butter and brown sugar.. add pecans, corn syrup, heavy cream, eggs, chocolate chips and then bacon.. mix until well combined.. divide in two and pour in partially cooked pie dough... cook for 15-20 minutes or until firm.. remove from oven and sprinkle with candied bacon garnish.. allow to cool and place in fridge until ready to serve... warning: it's soo rich, so you might want to serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream to cut the richness.. *wink*

enjoy and get cook'n!!

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