The Oven is Fixed!!!…Pecan Tart Time!!!

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Ladies and Gentleman I’m proud to announce the oven is finally fixed! I was told to be at home between the hours of 2pm and 6pm and at 5:30pm a man named Tom showed up to fix the oven I have missed oh so very much. I decided since my other half is going away in a few days I would make something he loves – pecan pie. Personally I do not like pecan pie (to be honest I do not like any nuts at all….except peanuts and they are a goober so really no nuts at all….oh wait I like almonds but seriously that is it) but I wanted to give him a little goodbye dessert treat. I decided to make mini tarts because I have been wanting to break in my six little mini tart pans, but if you don’t want to do mini tarts a 9-inch tart pan would work great too. After an unsuccessful attempt to make a pastry for my tart (didn’t want to cooperate so I threw it out because it was pissing me off…this happens a lot in my kitchen) I decided that a graham cracker crust would work just fine. The filling was chock-full of pecans and full of flavor. There was some bittersweet chocolate and espresso powder added to the filling that really rounded out the flavors and added a richness that is not normally found in a traditional sugary sweet pecan pie. I can’t wait till tomorrow to bake again:) Hooray for a working oven!!!

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Pecan Tart:
3/4 C. light corn syrup
1/2 C. light brown sugar – packed
3T. unsalted butter – melted but cooled
3 Large eggs – room temperature
2 t. instant espresso powder
1 t. vanilla extract
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
1/4 t. salt
1 1/2 C. pecan halves
3 oz. bittersweet chocolate – coarsely chopped

In a large bowl whisk the corn syrup and brown sugar together until smooth. Whisk in the melted butter, then ad the eggs one at a time, beating until you have a smooth, foamy mixture. Add the espresso powder, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt and give the batter a good mix. Rap the bowl against the counter a couple of times to pop any bubbles that might have formed, then stir in the pecans and chocolate. Pour filling into prepared crust (recipe to follow) and cook for 15-20 minutes, until set, at 350 degrees. Let sit for at least 20 minutes before cutting into.

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Graham cracker crust:
1 1/4 C. graham cracker crumbs
6 T. melted butter
2 T. sugar
1/4 t. ground cinnamon
2 T. finely chopped pecans

Mix together all ingredients and put into one 9 inch tart pan with removable bottom or into 4 inch mini tart pans. Press graham cracker crust tightly onto pan and cook on cookie sheet for about 10 minutes until browned.

Sources: Dorie Greenspan “Baking From my Home to Yours” cookbook

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6 Responses to “The Oven is Fixed!!!…Pecan Tart Time!!!”

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    Reeni — March 17, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    It’s perfect and gorgeous! Your additions sound really yummy. Yay for getting your oven fixed!

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    nutmegnanny — March 17, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Thank you so much:) You have no idea how excited I am about the oven being fixed!

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    curlyblueangel — March 19, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    I’m so glad you got your oven fixed! I know first hand how frustrated you were. But look at it this way..it got your mind thinking of other ways to “bake” yummy food! Keep the recipes coming! :)

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