‘Secret’ Family Pecan Tarts Recipe

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I am so excited to share this recipe with you guys! Why? Because it is my all time favourite. This is my ex mother-in-law’s recipe and is a family favorite. I’ve been making it forever. The crust for these tarts is the key. It’s light and fluffy and delicious. Without a great crust the tart is, well… not worth making. And this crust is da bomb! You are going to love them. They are the ultimate holiday treat.

Natasha was playing around with the camera and ended up filming me while baking the pecan tarts last night..
Here’s a little behind the scenes of what went down; Check it out!

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'Secret' Family Pecan Tarts
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Ingredients
  1. Ingredients for the Pecan Tarts Crust
  2. (Yield: 3 dozen tarts or 2 pies (top & bottom crusts))
  3. 1 lb Crisco
  4. 4 c. Flour
  5. 2 tsp. brown sugar
  6. 2 tsp. white vinegar
  7. 1 tsp. baking powder
  8. 1 tsp. salt
  9. 1 egg (mixed in with a 1/2 cup of water)
Ingredients for Pecan Tarts Filling
  1. (yield: 1 dozen)
  2. 1 egg beaten
  3. 1/3 c. butter (melted and cooled)
  4. 1 c. brown sugar
  5. 2 tbsp. milk
  6. 1/2 c. chopped pecans (can substitute with walnuts or raisins)
  7. 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Pecan Tart Crust Directions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Refrigerate covered for 1 hour.
  3. After chilling, roll out dough and cut into tart shapes.
Pecan Tart Filling Directions
  1. Mix all ingredients together. Fill tart shells 2/3 full.
  2. Bake at 450 degrees f. for 8 minutes then adjust oven to 350 and continue baking for 15-20 minutes.
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I hope you enjoy these amazing Pecan Tarts as much as my family does!

Happy baking!
Laura xo

Cranberry Noel Tea Cookies

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We are in full-swing Holiday Baking mode here at Rose & Lea and today we are sharing one of our new favorite Christmas cookie recipes… Cranberry Noel Tea Cookies!

These cookies are very easy to make & you’ll most likely already have all the ingredients needed in your cupboard. They are so, so delicious, and make the perfect accompaniment to a nice hot cup of tea or coffee. Perfect for the Holidays!

We filmed a little behind the scenes/tutorial video while making these cookies last night.. Check out what went down!

Note: In the video, we used songs by a band named ‘Carroll‘. They are an amazing psychedelic-pop band based out of Minneapolis.. Do yourself a favour, and check em out! Band LinksCarroll WebsiteFacebook

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Cranberry Noel Tea Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. (yield: approx. 40 cookies)
  2. 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  3. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  4. 2 tablespoons milk
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  8. 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  9. 3/4 cup chopped dried cranberries
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter & sugar together until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the milk & vanilla, mix until just blended. Add the salt & flour, mix well.
  3. Using a spatula, fold in the pecans and cranberries.
  4. Divide batter in half. Roll batter into 2 even sized logs, and wrap in saran wrap.
  5. Chill the dough in the freezer for 30 minutes – 1 hour. (the dough needs to firm up so you can cut the cookies without losing their round shape).
  6. After chilling, slice cookies approx. 1/4″ thick.
  7. Place on baking sheets prepared with non-stick cooking spray, or parchment paper.
  8. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 10 minutes. Do not overbake.
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Happy Holiday Baking!
Natasha xo

Gotta Hear This: Fresh Pair Of Eyes by Brooke Waggoner

 

 

Song: Fresh Pair of Eyes
Artist: Brooke Waggoner

This songs been on repeat since I first heard it a few days ago on the tv show Pretty Little Liars. Yes, I watch Pretty Little Liars – its actually a pretty good show! I wasn’t interested in it at all when it first aired on tv a few years ago and never watched it, but I’ve been desperate since my laptop broke down a few days ago & since I can no longer watch any shows on the laptop, I’ve resorted to Netflix & randomly ended up choosing PLL. I’m actually pleasantly surprised at how good it is! (plus the show plays some really good songs) Just finished season one & I’m hooked. (must find out who A is!)

Okay, got totally sidetracked there – lets get back to the music…

Brooke Waggoner is an incredible indie folk/pop artist based in Nashville, Tennessee.
She has released 4 albums, and her latest (titled Originator) was released on March 5, 2013. Brooke released all her 4 albums independently, and all the music was fully orchestrated, written and arranged by her.

Over the past few years, Brooke won the ‘NBN Emerging Artist Award’ at the Nashville Music Awards, and was also nominated for a prestigious Independent Music Award, her songs have been played on many tv shows such as Pretty Little Liars & Grey’s Anatomy, she’s released a Live Concert DVD, produced/collaborated with many different artists, & has even performed/recorded with Jack White on his album, Blunderbuss.

Quote from Brooke about the recording process on her latest record:
(Quote from Brooke’s Facebook Page)

After numerous cups of coffee, late nights spent exchanging notes and emails, and geeking out over TalkTalk records we decided recording this LP in an old-fashioned and traditional manner only made sense. Vintage gear and 2″ tape. No computers — Just a room with really good musicians and ears for beautiful things.”

If you’re looking for real, genuine talent & captivating, beautiful songs – check out Brooke Waggoner.

www.brookewaggoner.com
www.facebook.com/brookewaggoner

Natasha xo