Pecan Tassies are a miniature version of the pecan pie. These are considered to be a dessert and are popularly baked during Christmas in the New Orleans region of the US.
History of the Pecan Tassies
The exact history of the dish and the original creator of Pecan Tassies recipe are unknown. But according to a legend, the word 'tassies' is an American simplification of the French word 'tasse' or the Scottish word 'tassie' which means small cup. It is possible that the original recipe is a French-American recipe that was adapted to form smaller versions of the pecan pie. Pecan Pie is originally credited to the New Orleans, Louisiana, region of the US. The French settlers in the 1700s adapted the local nuts or pecans to make the pecan pie. Later on, someone modified it further to make these miniature pecan pies. The first recorded mention of Pecan Tassies in the January 1968 print version of the L.A Times.
Ingredients Used and Pecan Tassies Recipe Overview
The Pecan Tassies recipe is very simple and consists of a small pastry shell that is filled with a custard pecan filling. The pastry is made from cream cheese, butter and flour and baked in small muffin shells. A custard filling of eggs, butter, sugar, vanilla, salt and pecans is then poured into the shells and baked. There are several variations where chocolate is added to make chocolate nut tassies, peanut butter nut tassies etc.
Serving and Eating Pecan Tassies
Pecan tassies are best eaten hot but they are equally delicious cold. Most recipes make it with fresh pastry with pecan custard filling. This makes them very perishable and they have to be eaten hot or cold but within a day of cooking. They are usually served as a dessert with ice cream and with a sugar dusting. Pecan Tassies keep very well frozen in the refrigerator too and they can be defrosted and dusted with sugar just before serving. Tea is a popular accompaniment with the dish.
A single serving of Pecan Tassies is about 106 calories.