Honey Glazed Chocolate Pecan Tart

Honey Glazed Pecan Chocolate Tart

Honey Glazed Pecan Chocolate Tart

Pecans are an American nut, and such a luxury item in Europe that I had never tasted one until I came to the United States. A pecan pie seemed like it would be amazing but I found the usual version cloyingly sweet and lacking the sophistication this fabulous ingredient deserves, so I created this dessert.
 A side of whipped cream is optional.

 

Brown Butter Pecan Shortbread Crust

(This recipe also makes great shortbread cookies)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pecans, toasted
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, divided
  • 2 cups pastry flour or gluten-free flour mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation

  • Grind the pecans in a food processor until coarse meal forms.
  • Melt 1/2 cup butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Cook until dark amber, stirring often, about 6 minutes (do not burn). Pour through fine strainer into small bowl. Chill just until firm, about 1 hour.
  • Stir the flour and salt together in a bowl.
  • Using an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the brown butter, 1/2 cup butter, and the sugar until creamy.
  • Add the vanilla and the ground pecans.
  • Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed just to blend.
  • Press dough into a tart shell and chill for at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 325°F.

  • Bake until golden brown and firm to touch, about 40 minutes.

Dark Chocolate Ganache

Very simple. Use top quality ingredients for good results.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature

Preparation

  • Place the chocolate, cream and butter together in a bowl on top of a pan of steaming water (double boiler). Melt and stir until smooth.
  • Pour into baked tart shell and allow to cool.

 

Pecan and honey topping

Ingredients

  • 2 cups toasted pecan halves
  • ½ cup orange blossom honey
  • 2 Tbs. Cointreau

Preparation

  • Warm the honey and Cointreau together over gentle heat until the honey is runny.
  • Arrange the pecans on the chocolate ganache.
  • Drizzle honey all over the pecans.