Holiday activities and one dessert! | Around About North County

For those of you who read my recipe column, I just have to sneak in one more pumpkin recipe for the holidays. I ran out of room in my “Recipes from the Heart” this week, so I’m taking advantage of “Around About North County!” But of course, we “north-of-the-grade” folks love to cook and eat and I think you’ll love this dessert.

Pumpkin Pecan Tarts

2 (10-inch) pie crusts
3 large eggs
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree
½ cup sugar
¼ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
½ cup dark corn syrup
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup coarsely
chopped pecans

Topping Ingredients:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
¼ cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons bourbon
or dark rum

Roll out the pie dough into six 4-inch circles and line the 3-inch mini tart pans; crimp the edges. Place pans on baking sheets for ease in removing tarts from the oven. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs, pumpkin, sugars, corn syrup, melted butter, flour, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt until well combined. Pour into the prepared pie crusts. Sprinkle the pecans over top. Bake on the middle rack of a preheated 350-degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes until center is set. Cool for at least 1 hour before slicing; refrigerate until ready to serve.
For topping, beat the cream with powdered sugar, vanilla, and bourbon or rum until stiff peaks form. Chill until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Along with the bakers, the crafters have been busy preparing for the holiday boutiques that we all enjoy. Here are a couple going on this weekend.
From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov.  17, stop by St. William’s Church, 6410 Santa Lucia Rd., Atascadero and shop at the Annual Thanksgiving and Christmas Boutique. You will find beautiful homemade gift items created by members of St. William’s Hobby Fellowship. There is something for everyone — gift baskets, bird houses and bird feeders, baked goods and candy, aprons, jewelry, crocheted and knitted items, succulents, and much more. All proceeds will benefit Atascadero Loaves and Fishes and ECHO.
On the same day, you can shop at St. William’s and at the Atascadero Pavilion on the Lake’s Annual Holiday Boutique where you will also find lovely hand-crafted gifts. That event is brought to you by the City of Atascadero and is open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Pavilion is located at 9315 Pismo Ave., Atascadero.
After all that shopping, be sure to check out Atascadero Taco Day on Traffic Way, for lunch. That event will run from 1 to 4 p.m.
The Atascadero Business Improvement District invites you to join in the fun along Traffic Way, which will be closed to traffic during the event. There will be half a dozen taco vendors with local downtown businesses, non-profits, and additional Atascadero businesses participating. There will be live music, deejays, craft vendors, and a first-ever 21 and over beer garden with beer and cider from Atascadero brewers at Dead Oak Brewery and Bristols Ciderhouse. Stay around for the judging of the “best taco” by Mayor Tom O’Malley and Mayor-elect Heather Moreno.
 For more information, contact Zoe Zappas at 805-674-6817.
 Mark your calendars Sunday, Dec. 9, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the Pavilion on the Lake, 9315 Pismo Ave., when the Atascadero Community Band will present its Annual Holiday Concert. Admission, refreshments, and parking are all free!
Guest conductors Randy Schwalbe and Fletcher Ferrara will share the podium for this “something for everyone” holiday concert that will benefit the Wellness Kitchen of Templeton. Recently a fire damaged the building the Wellness Kitchen uses to provide special healing meals for people with cancer and other illnesses. Guests at the concert are invited to make a donation.
Enjoy the rain, if it happens! Cheers!


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