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Decadent Chocolate Turtle

Recipe By: Tammi Carlock
Year Submitted: 2015
Winner Second Place

Ingredients

Crust:
2 c. flour
1 t. salt
2/3 c. Crisco shortening
6 €“ 8 T. cold water

Filling:
1 c. half & half
4 T. butter
8 oz. 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate
¾ c. unsweetened cocoa
1 ¼ c. sugar
4 T. flour
Dash of salt
3 egg yolks
2 whole eggs
2 t. vanilla
1 c. chopped pecans

Nut & Caramel Topping:
2 ½ c. large pecan halves, toasted
¾ c. sugar
¼ c. water
¼ c. butter
½ t. salt
1/3 c. cream

Directions

Crust:
Mix together flour and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add water, one tablespoon at a time, mixing with fork until dough holds together. Roll out into circle larger than 9€