Wednesday, November 25, 2015

DIY Starbucks Pecan Tarts

I really love readying the rooms and baking up some sweetness for our Thanksgiving meal.  
As I shared with you yesterday, if all went well, I was going to have a recipe ready for you today. 
I haven't of coarse dug into it, but this pecan tart DOES look yummy! 
So, here is how I created my own giant version of Starbucks "Mini Pecan Tart"...
If you have a small tart pan, you can make several small tarts instead.  ;-)

DIY Starbucks Pecan Tarts
For Tart Crust:
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup almond flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup finely chopped pecans
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup butter, melted

In a bowl, sift together flours, baking powder, and salt.

Next, combine the flour mixture, pecans and brown sugar.  Stir in melted butter.  Press into an ungreased large tart pan.  Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.  Cool on wire rack.  Can be frozen until needed...

For filling:
3 1/2 cups chopped pecans

1/4 cup honey
3/4 cup corn syrup
1 1/3 cup butter
6 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  On a baking sheet, spread a single layer of chopped pecans on a large cookie sheet for toasting.  Bake for 5 to 7 minutes.  Let toasted pecans cool.

Mix honey, corn syrup, butter and heavy whipping cream in a large sauce pan.  Bring this mixture to a boil while stirring constantly.  Take off of stove and stir in vanilla bean paste.  Add in pecans until well coated.  Pour mixture over cooled tart crust.

Now, it is finally ready to bake!  350 degrees for 25 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is nice and bubbly...Cool on wire rack for at least 1/2 hour.  Serve warm or cool.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!