Upside-Down Pecan Tart

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READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by Chef mariajane

This upside-down pie is for the pecan-pie fan who prefers nuts and caramel to the traditional butterscotch filling. It is important to use a cast-iron skillet when making this dessert. Serve it warm with a scoot of vanilla ice cream.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. In a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat, combine butter, honey and sugars. Bring to a boil; let boil for 4 minutes. Add pecans and heavy cream, and boil 3 minutes more. Remove form heat and set aside. Let stand about 30 minutes to cool. Using a wooden spoon, gently mound pecans and caramel slightly in center of skillet, leaving a gap between pecans and edge of skillet.,.
  2. Preheat oven to 425F with rack in the top third. On a clean, lightly floured work surface, roll out one disk of prepared chilled pastry to approximately 7/8-inch thick, 13-inch diameter circle. Place the pastry over the skillet, carefully tucking the dough down against the edge of the skillet and around the edges of the mound of pecans. Trim the excess dough.
  3. Place two rimmed baking sheets, one on top of the other, underneath the skillet to catch any drips while the pie bakes and to provide the insulation for the caramel. Place skillet in the oven, and bake pie until the dough is just turning golden brown about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350F, and continue baking until the pastry is cooked through and the caramel is bubbling up around the edges of the skillet, about 30 minutes more.
  4. Remove the pie from oven and let cool about 20 minutes. Carefully invert the pie onto a parchment lined tray or baking sheet (the pie is easy to transfer to a serving plate one it has been inverted). Be careful inverting the pie; the caramel is very hot. If the pie does not release easily from skillet, heat the skillet over medium heat for about 30 seconds. Serve warm.

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