1 9″ pie crust, unbaked
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups chopped pecans
Place pie crust in 9-inch glass pie pan. Heat oven to 375°F.
In small bowl with electric mixer, beat cream cheese, 1/3 cup sugar, the salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 of the eggs on low speed until smooth and well blended; set aside.
In another small bowl with electric mixer, beat remaining 3 eggs, 1/4 cup sugar, the corn syrup and 1 teaspoon vanilla on medium speed until well blended.
Spread cream cheese mixture in bottom of crust-lined pan. Sprinkle with pecans. Gently pour corn syrup mixture over pecans.
Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until center is set. After 15 to 20 minutes of baking, cover crust edge with strips of foil to prevent excessive browning. Cool completely, about 2 hours. Store in refrigerator.
2 cups Horehound leaves (packed)
1-1/4 cup water
4 cups dark brown sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
Wash horehound leaves and put in saucepan. Add water and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes, mashing occasionally with fork. Remove from heat; cover and let cool (needs to stand at least 1/2 hour to infuse.
While infusion in cooling, butter a 9×13 pan.
Drain horehound leaves into measuring cup (I use a coffee filter to strain it). Be sure to squeeze all the liquid from the leaves. Make sure you have at least 1 cup of liquid. Discard leaves.
Pour liquid into a 4 qt. saucepan. Add brown sugar and syrup. Bring to a boil and cook to 300 degrees on a candy thermometer (hard crack stage).
Pour into prepared pan and let cool. Just before it sets up, score into squares with a knife to make it easier to break apart. When cool and set, break into pieces and store in airtight container.
Note: The infusion (liquid from the leaves) can be frozen to use later.
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup water
1/4 light corn syrup
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp. vanilla
Combine sugar, cocoa and cornstarch in small saucepan. Stir in the water and corn syrup and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low and boil for 5 more minutes. Remove from heat and add the butter and vanilla. Stir until butter is completely mixed in. This is best when served warm.
Makes about 1 1/2 cups of sauce.