Got To Be NC
Recipe by: Lisa Prince

Honey Pecan Tart

My inspiration for this recipe came from Martha Stewart Living Magazine, September 2008.  To infuse this recipe with the goodness of NC, I added NC pecans and NC pure honey and wildflower honey.  This is like eating a honey pecan pie with a shortbread crust.

Servings: 8
Cook Time: Prep Time: 45 minutes; Total Time: 3 hour and 15 minutes
Meal Type: Dessert
NC Ingredients: Honey, Pecans

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Ingredients

Crust:
1/4
cup heavy cream
1
large egg
1
large egg yolk
1/2
teaspoon vanilla extract
2
1/3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
1/2
cup sugar
1
teaspoon baking powder
5
ounces (1 ¼ sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
Filling:
1/2
cup sugar
1/2
cup pure NC honey
1/4
cup wildflower honey
1
teaspoon salt
6
ounces (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/2
cup heavy cream
1
large egg
1
large egg yolk
1
½ cups pecan halves

Directions

Crust:

Whisk cream, egg, yolk, and vanilla in a medium bowl.

Pulse flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder in a food processor to mix.  Add butter, and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal.  With the machine running, add cream mixture, and process until dough just comes together.

Shape ¾ of the mixture into a disk and the other ¼ into a small disk.  Wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm about 1 hour; reserve the small disk to make cookies.

(Dough can be refrigerated for up to 2 days or frozen for up to 3 months; thaw before using.)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

On a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin, roll dough to ¼ inch thickness. (If dough is soft and sticky, transfer to a baking sheet and freeze until firm but pliable, about 5 minutes.)

Cut out a 12 inch round, and fit in into a fluted 10-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. (Patch any tears with scraps of dough.) Freeze while making the filling (or cover and freeze for up to 3 days).

Filling:

Bring the sugar, honeys, and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan, whisking until sugar dissolves.  Add butter, and whisk until incorporated.

Transfer honey mixture to a medium bowl, and let cool for 30 minutes.

Whisk in cream, egg, and yolk until incorporated.

Place the tart pan on a rimmed baking sheet.

Scatter pecans over bottom.  Slowly pour filling over pecans, redistributing the pecans evenly with your fingers.

Bake until crust is golden brown and center is set but still slightly wobbly, about 1 hour.

Transfer tart pan to a wire rack, and let cool completely.  Remove from pan, and serve immediately.