On Friday night I attended my first Blogging event. It was an event hosted by Community Blogging, a group of bloggers who work together to support not for profit organisations in the community. The first event was a Christmas catch up featuring two local community organisations – St Kilda Mums and Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. I came away from the event energized and inspired by what I learned about both the community groups, and the sponsors who generously donated either their lovely products, or money to these two groups.
I personally took away from the event:
- A feeling of happiness that goodness is around us and people do care about other. There are extraordinary people in our community who generously donate their time and effort to assist others
- As individuals we can each do something to make a difference to the lives and happiness of others, we just have to choose to
Supporting the two amazing community organisations were:
All of the sponsors were very generous and had inspiring stories of their own to tell about their companies and products.
I have decided to create A Fresh Legacy salute via the recipe below. I have been inspired by the delicious Pecan Nut and their recipe brochure to create a Christmas Pecan Pie.
This is my “ohhh that is delicious, give me more” Christmas Pecan Pie Recipe:
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 55 minutes
Cooling time: 30 minutes
2 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
a squeeze of lemon juice in almost 1/2 cup of cool water
1 cup of rice – for “blind” baking (baking before the filling is added)
1/3 cup maple syrup – use good quality syrup if you can as it really makes a difference.
1/2 cup brown sugar
180 grams chopped Pecan nuts – leave 24 nuts whole to use on the top of the pie
2 eggs lightly beaten
50 grams butter melted
2 tablespoons cornflour
- Set the oven to 200 degrees
- Line the bottom of a pie pan with baking paper and grease the sides with butter and set aside until required
- Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl
- Rub the butter into the flour mix with the tips of your fingers quickly until the mix is crumbly
- Put the squeeze of lemon juice into the 1/2 cup of water and add half of this to the flour and butter mix
- Mix the flour and butter mixture and the water together with your hands. Slowly add the other 1/2 of the remaining water and juice and continue to mix. Note: You may not need all of the water. Stop adding water when the dough comes together and feels smooth and firm.
- Very lightly dust a board and rolling pin with flour and roll out the dough into a circular shape. It should be large enough to fit the pie pan you are going to use. You will probably need to trim the shape with a knife
- Gently lift the rolled out pastry and place it over the pan to sit inside.
- Cut a piece of baking paper to fit inside the pan on top of the base of the pastry and add rice or dried beans on top (to weigh the pastry down)
- Put into the oven for 10 minutes
- Remove pie base from the oven. Remove the baking paper and rice. Put the pie base back into the oven and bake for a further 6 minutes (if fan forced oven or up to 10 minutes if not – until pastry is turning golden). Remove when golden
- Turn oven down to 160 degrees
- Mix all of the ingredients for the filling together and spoon into the base of the pie
- Return the pie to the oven for 35 minutes or until it is just set in the middle of the pie
- Remove and cool for 20 minutes prior to slicing
- Serve with your choice of ice cream or cream
The community groups who participated at the Community Blogging Christmas Event:
St Kilda Mums collect and donate baby & children’s clothing and products to mums in need. They have re-homed 2500 baby clothing and necessity items that would have gone to land fill. St Kilda Mums would love to share their experience and processes to help other areas in Australia establish the same service. If you would like to find out more about these community organisations and how you can help in your area please use the links provided to visit their site for more information.
The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre provides support and advice for those seeking asylum in Australia. They work on the premise that “if you treat people well you will bring out the best in them” . The ASRC is the largest provider of aid, and advocacy for asylum seekers in Australia. They play an important role in helping people to re-establish their lives in a new community. Find out more information about how you can assist by selecting the links above to their site.
Please note: This is not a sponsored post. I received no compensation from any of the companies mentioned and was not requested to write about them or the event. I do regularly cook with, and enjoy pecan nuts. I chose to create this recipe, inspired by the pecan fan recipe brochure, and the Community Blogging Christmas Event.
I hope that you enjoy my pie!
This post links to a great blog called Kate Says Stuff. A “Let’s Get Festive Edition”. You can visit the site to view some other great Christmas recipes that have been posted.
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