Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Pecan Tarts

The holidays are fast approaching and everyone will be planning of what to cook or bake for the holidays. The delightful smell of pies, cakes and cookies fill the air as the memories of holidays past fill our mind. Nothing makes the holiday season more inviting than the delicious aroma of these freshly baked pecan tarts. These individual tarts will make an elegant dessert presentation at any party or gathering.

Ingredients for the Tart Shells

1 cup (8 oz) unsalted butter
3 tbsp of sugar
1 egg
2 1/4 cup flour

1. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy (3-4 minutes) Add in egg and mix well.
2. Add flour and mix until combined. Shape dough into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least one hour.
3. Roll out dough into 1/8 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Place the dough over the tart pans and gently press the dough against the sides. Trim excess dough off the top.
4. Set the tart shells aside.

Filling Ingredients

1 cup sugar
4 large eggs
1/2 cup light corn syrup
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup chopped pecans

1. Preheat the over to 350°F.
2. Whisk the first five ingredients in a medium bowl to blend.
3. Mix in 1 cup pecans.
4. Place the prepared tart shells on a baking sheet. Pour the pecan mixture into each tart crust about 3/4 full. Do not overfill since the filling will expand while baking.
4. Sprinkle each tart with the remaining 1 cup pecans.
5. Bake until set, about 25 - 30 minutes.

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30 comments:

Cathy said...

What beautiful little tarts. I love pecans. They look so delicious and festive.

FAMILY FIRST said...

These are such cutie pies! and yes, perfect for parties or gatherings! and see all the work gobbled up in 5 minutes! hahaha. such a lovely bake!

Christelle said...

Oh your pastry looks so light!!!

Zesty Cook said...

Oh Boy! I love Pecan Tarts - thanks so much for sharing

zesty

Cat Cat said...

Hmmm, remind me of Pecan Pie... Can only eat it once a year, during Christmas time... I find the Pecan Pie bought from the store are way too sweet.

Ning said...

I love pecans, and I love tarts, though I have never made tarts myself. Thanks for sharing the recipe! :)

Beachlover said...

Get,now you inspire me to bake tart,just looking at your wonderful pecan pie,make my hands itchy!LOL!.Actually I bought a pack of pecan last year,still in frezzer

Elinluv said...

I know what to do with the pecans now other than on cakes :) Your pastry looks light and this recipe is just nice for christmas..Thx :)

Yan said...

i chanced upon your blogsite ... and theres no turning back... your cookings and bakings are temptaliciously inviting.... could you courier vaccum pack some over to me in spore please.... =D

cheerios
yan

Happy cook said...

Beautiful and delicious.

Zue Murphy said...

Very pretty tart. I like pecan pie and surely will like this pecan tart.

Little Corner of Mine said...

Yeah, something for the season! I always find pecan pie or pecan tart to be on the sweet side.

ICook4Fun said...

Cathy, thank you.

Family First, yeah they are easy to eat and they are small so at least you don't eat too much :)

Christelle, yeap they are light :)

Zesty Cook, you are most welcome.

Cat, I find the one bought from the store too sweet too that is why I make these as I can control the amount of sugar that goes in :)

Ning, hope you make some of these :)

Lesley, go and bake some for Eliot. I am sure he would love these.

Elin, they are good for Christmas party :)

Yan, thanks for stopping by and hope to see more of you here. I don't it will be good anymore by the time it reach you at S'pore :)

Happy Cook, thank you.

Zue, thank you.

LCOM, I too find the store bought one too sweet. Its like eating sugar that is why I prefer to make it myself :)

limpepsi said...

The pies look presentable. I am just wondering if we can freeze the pies? I hope to bake something in advance so that time can be managed well during the festive seasons.

babe_kl said...

gosh these looked so yummy and doesnt spell sickly sweet. thanks for the recipe ;-)

Debbie said...

I have been thinking of making a pecan pie. Your tarts look wonderful....

ICook4Fun said...

Limpepsi, you and always freeze this and bake it on the day you need it.

Babe, thanks. Yea they are not as sweet as those store bought one.

Debbie, thank you.

Food For Tots said...

Luvly tarts! Pecan is my favourite. ;)

Mochachocolata Rita said...

wow cute lil tartlets! i wanna try making my own tart shells ^_^

ICook4Fun said...

Food for Tots, thank you.

Rita, thank you. Once you get the hang of doing your own pastry it will be easy :)

Dawn said...

I saw this on Tastespotting! What gorgeous photos! I would eat so many of these....

ICook4Fun said...

Dawn, thanks :)

Christina said...

Such cuteness! Those look just as nice as a whole pecan pie.

Angry Asian said...

thank you posting this recipe! i made this last night. was your pie crust hard to manage? i had the hardest time putting them in the pan but once baked, they came out wonderfully.

ICook4Fun said...

Christina, thanks for stopping by.

Angry Asian, did you chill the dough before using it?

Angry Asian said...

i did chill the crust before using, yes. they still came out nicely, just kinda hard to work with. thanks!

Anonymous said...

I would love to try your lovely pecan tart. Please tell me the size of your tart pan and how many does your recipe yield. Also do you do anything to the tart pan to prevent sticking? Thanks.

ICook4Fun said...

Angry Asian, I guess you have to use a bit more flour for dusting. Sometime the temperature of the house play a role too :)

Anon, I used very small tart pan, Mine is about 1 1/2" diameter. It yield about 24 tarts. You can use size of tart pan you like :)

Anonymous said...

They taste pretty good, their just a little to eggy.

ICook4Fun said...

Anon, if it's too eggy you can always add a bit more vanilla.