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    Pecan Butter Tarts

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    2 hrs 20 mins

    2 hrs

    20 mins

    Chef #818475's Note:

    Yummy Pecan Butter Tarts! Of course you could replace the pecans with your preferred ingredient (eg. walnuts, raisins), or omit them entirely. Adapted from's Butter Tart recipe.

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    Serves: 12



    Units: US | Metric

    For Tart Shells

    For Filling


    1. 1
      Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
    2. 2
      For Tart Shells:.
    3. 3
      In a food processor, combine the flour, salt, and sugar. Add the butter and process until the mixture resembles coarse meal (about 15 seconds). Slowly pour 1/8 cup water in through the feed tube until the dough just holds together when pinched. If necessary, add more water to a maximum of 1/4 cup. Do not process more than 30 seconds.
    4. 4
      Turn dough onto work surface and gather into a ball. Flatten into a disk, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for about one hour.
    5. 5
      After the dough has chilled sufficiently, roll out the dough and cut into 12 - 4 inch rounds. It may be easier to roll the dough between two pieces of plastic wrap, instead of on a floured surface. Gently place the rounds into a 12-cup muffin tin. You may need to coax the rounds into the tin, leaving a fluted edge. Place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to firm up.
    6. 6
      While dough is chilling, toast and chop the pecans. Reserve 12 pecan halves, which will be used to top the tarts.
    7. 7
      For Filling:.
    8. 8
      In a medium sized saucepan lightly whisk the eggs. Add the butter, sugar, and cream. Place on medium heat, bring this mixture just to a boil - stir constantly to prevent scorching. Immediately remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. (For a runnier filling, remove when filling starts to thicken but has not reached a boil.).
    9. 9
      Place a teaspoon of chopped pecans into the bottom of each tart shell and then fill the unbaked shells with the filling. Top each tart with a whole pecan. Bake for about 15 - 20 minutes or until the pastry is nicely browned and filling is set.
    10. 10
      Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

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    Nutritional Facts for Pecan Butter Tarts

    Serving Size: 1 (69 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 287.9
    Calories from Fat 161
    Total Fat 17.9 g
    Saturated Fat 9.2 g
    Cholesterol 72.4 mg
    Sodium 119.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 29.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.7 g
    Sugars 19.0 g
    Protein 3.0 g

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