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Maple Pecan Tart


Maple Pecan Tart

Maple Pecan Tart

Yield

Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
Refrigerated pastry for single-crust 10-inch pie
1-1/4 cups (5 ounces) pecan halves
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1/3 cup corn syrup
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons bourbon or whiskey (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup (1/2 pint) whipping cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 tablespoon bourbon or whisky (optional)
Candies and mini chocolate chips

Preparation

  1. For tart, preheat oven to 350°F. Sprinkle flour over one side of pastry. Press pastry crust, flour side down, onto bottom and up side of 9-1/2-inch tart pan. Arrange pecan halves in concentric circles on pastry.
  2. Combine granulated sugar and eggs, in medium bowl; whisk until well blended. Stir in corn syrup, maple syrup, butter, bourbon, if desired, and vanilla; mix well. Carefully pour mixture over pecans, coating them well. (Pecans will rise to surface during baking.)
  3. Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown and center is set. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  4. For topping, combine cream, powdered sugar and bourbon, if desired, in food processor fitted with steel blade. Process about 30 seconds or until thick. Or, whip in small bowl of electric mixer until stiff peaks form. (Topping may be prepared up to 2 hours before serving. Cover and refrigerate.) Form ghosts by dropping dollops of topping around perimeter of tart; top dollops with smaller dollops and decorate with candies and mini chocolate chips as shown in photo.

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