Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Butter Pecan Tarts

I think there are a few recipes that mark the holiday season. For me, pecan pie or tarts are definitely contenders. These flakey pastries may seem intimidating but they are really quite simple to make. Here is my recipe.

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 sticks unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 to 8 tablespoons ice water
whole pecans, to top tarts

1. In a food processor, add flour, butter and salt and pulse until mixture resembles a small meal consistency.
2. Place flour mixture in a large bowl and add water.
3. Knead by hand until a ball forms.
4. Divide pastry into half and roll each half out onto a floured surface to 1/4" thickness.
5. Cut 7" circles to fit into muffin tin.

2/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 cup corn syrup
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350F.
1. Heat sugar and corn syrup until sugar is dissolved. Add butter and mix well. Let cool to room temp.
2. In a mixing bowl, beat eggs and vanilla. Add egg mixture to sugar mixture and mix well.

3. Pour into unbaked tart shells to about 2/3 full, then top with two or three pecans. Bake for approximately 15 minutes.

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