Keeping and creating new holiday traditions makes for a magical season, from the foods we enjoy to how we decorate our home. One of my favorite traditions at our table are Pecan Tassies, which are essentially miniature pecan pies. They are made with the same filling as a pecan pie and baked in a rich buttery crust, perfect to serve at any holiday dinner party.
If you’re unfamiliar with pecan tassies, here’s a little trivia for you: The word “tassie” is the Scottish word for cup, which would have been derived from the French word for cup or glass, “tasse”. Tassies have made their mark here in the south and have become a favorite of many during the holiday season.
This year for my tassie recipe, I was inspired by the two turtledoves from the “12 Days of Christmas” song, and used the turtledoves as my starting point for rich and delicious bite-sized pecan pies that are ladened with plenty of chocolate and caramel.
When holiday baking for friends and family, I don’t hold back on quality or flavor. In fact, if you were to peek into my pantry, you’d find that I keep a nice stash of my favorite ingredients ready to use: from the likes of Lyles Golden Syrup to Neilsen Massey’s Vanilla Extract and Vann’s Sicilian Sea Salt, to having copious amounts of Guittard Chocolates!
To add to the magic of the season, I wanted to create a gold and neutral palette to surround the Turtledove Tassies. I absolutely adore the look of the gold candle holders mixed in with the gold brush and lighted trees. I have also fallen in love with the look of the white platter and plates from the Heidi Collection, and they are so stunning alongside the gold flatware and ornament-themed napkins. In our house, you can’t have dessert until you’ve popped some Christmas crackers, so I thought it fitting to add them to the dessert table to finish the look.
The kids find it fun to get involved with holiday baking, especially when pastry is involved. As for equipment, a good stand or handheld mixer make baking easy, and I like to bake the Turtledove Tassies in a non-stick muffin pan. Try making a double batch of tassies, one for your family to share and the other batch to give as gifts from your kitchen.