Sunday, July 4, 2010

Pecan Butter Tarts

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(12 large tarts)

I made these for the July 4th festivities; was thinking of making a pie, but am bringing these instead. I Americanized a Canadian favourite, and I'm very pleased with the results!

1 pkg ready made pie crust (2x 9")

1/2 cup butter, (1 stick)
1 cup brown sugar, very lightly packed
3/4 cup corn syrup
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp vanilla extract, or bourbon
a pinch or two of salt, (optional)
1 egg
1 cup pecans, lightly toasted

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Cut out 6 circles from each pie crust, (12 total) and line a 12 standard cup muffin tin with them. I allow the crust to rise slightly above the top to accommodate the large amount of filling. Set aside.

Place the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, lemon juice, vanilla extract (or bourbon) and salt, (if using) into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade and process until well combined. Add the egg and continue to process until smooth.

Divide the pecans evenly among the "tarts" and spoon the filling over them. Most recipes tell you to fill them 2/3 full.. I would say these end up being closer to almost full.

Bake for about 12- 14 minutes or until bubbly and browned. The longer you bake these, the firmer they will be.

Cool them in the tins long enough to be able to run a knife around the edges to remove them for further cooling (about 10 minutes). If you can't get them out for fear of breaking them, then make sure they aren't sticking to the pan (I keep running a knife around them as they cool) and remove them when they have cooled completely.


Anonymous said...

I made these today and I have to say, I think they would have been fantastic if there was no lemon juice. The lemon leaves a terrible sour aftertaste.

Gerlinde in Washington said...

I'm sorry you don't care for the lemon.

For me the lemon doesn't seem so intense, it's just subtle enough to take the edge off the sweetness which I would otherwise find a bit overwhelming.

Anonymous said...

We (Canadians) make butter tarts with pecans all the time. They're pretty standard for people like me who are revolted by raisins. I just ate some at the farmer's market on the weekend.
Tarte au sucre or Tarte au sirop d'erable are even better, I think.

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