Chocolate Pecan Tart


Years ago I tried a new recipe on a whim for Thanksgiving.  It has been requested every year since then, and this Chocolate Pecan Tart has become as much a part of our holiday traditions as pumpkin or apple pie.  Rich in flavor, it is an elegant addition to any holiday dessert as well as being an excellent combination of pecan and chocolate pies.  It’s also a dessert offering that appeals to those who don’t care for pie crust or traditional pies.  The tart has a chocolate crust, a thin layer of pecan pie filling and a top layer of chocolate ganache.

Chocolate Pecan Tart
7 Tb. butter 1 cup flour 1/4 cup sugar 1/8 tsp. salt 2 Tb. heavy cream 2 heaping Tb. semi-sweet chocolate chips In a food processor, cream the butter.  Beat in flour, sugar and salt.  Place chocolate chips in small bowl.  Heat cream and pour over chocolate; whisk to melt chocolate.  Add chocolate cream to dough and beat to combine.  Turn out onto lightly floured surface, then shape into a disk and refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.

Pat dough over the bottom and up sides of a 10-11 inch tart mold with a removable bottom such as this one.
Set aside.  Preheat oven to 325.

Pecan Filling:

1/2 cup light corn syrup 1 1/2 eggs (one egg plus one half of a beaten egg) 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 Tb. melted butter 1/2 tsp. vanilla 1 1/4 cup pecans, chopped into bite size pieces In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together corn syrup, eggs, butter, sugar vanilla and salt.  When combined, add pecan pieces and stir to coat.  Gently pour over uncooked tart shell.  Bake until a knife inserted into the pie filling comes out clean, about 25-35 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool completely.


1 cup plus 2 Tb. heavy whipping cream 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips In a small saucepan, heat cream to a simmer.  Place chocolate chips in small bowl.  Pour cream over chocolate and whisk to combine.  Pour ganache over cooled pie and let set.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Note:  I always make this tart a day in advance so it can be refrigerated overnight.  It is best served cold.  During the holidays I serve this Chocolate Pecan Tart along with these favorites:

Dutch Apple Pie
Coconut Cream Pie chocolatepecantart2 Click here to see my list of tools I love and always use when making pies.  I hope you enjoy this tart as much as we do!  Happy baking!

Coconut Cream Pie


There’s nothing better than a from-scratch cream pie!  My husband is a big fan of coconut, which motivated me to perfect this recipe.  This coconut cream pie is often on the dessert menu at holiday gatherings and I always look forward to making it.

Coconut Cream Pie
1- 9 inch pie crust, baked in pan and cooled completely 1 cup white sugar 1/2 cup flour 2-1/2 cups milk 2/3 cup heavy cream 6 egg yolks, beaten 2-1/4 cups flaked coconut coconutcreampie3 Preparation:

Combine sugar, flour, milk and cream in a heavy saucepan.  Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until thick and bubbly.  Continue to boil for one more minute, then remove from heat.

In a medium bowl, beat egg yolks.  Using a 1/4 cup measure, gradually stir small amounts of hot cream mixture into the egg yolks, beating as you pour the cream mixture in.   I slowly pour 1/4 cup at a time while I mix.  Continue this until you have mixed 1/4 of the total amount of cream mixture into the egg yolks.  Pour the yolk mixture back into the remaining hot mixture and return to heat, stirring constantly.  Cook for 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in coconut.  Pour into baked pie shell.

Chill until ready to serve.  Before serving, cover pie with whipped cream and toasted coconut.  Slice and enjoy!

I often serve this coconut cream pie at holiday gatherings with these other favorites:

Chocolate Pecan Tart
Dutch Apple Pie coconutcreampie1 I put together a list of my favorite tools for making pies.  You can find it here .  I hope you love this recipe!

Happy baking!


It’s here.  One of my favorite days of the year.  Having unexpected company come to town was the little push I needed to pull the house together.

I’m loving the velvet pumpkins I dyed and made last year.  They add such a lovely pop of color and texture, and their shapes are fun to pile at whim around the house.

I wanted some kind of art to hang on the window I brought upstairs .  I painted this for fun, and enjoyed doing it in a very non-traditional color scheme.  I’m definitely an novice but I had fun.

Across the room we have a wall of artwork by our children.  I hung my Thanksgiving banner across the frames.  I tried to leave a bit of whimsy in the angles and the curl of the rope so it plays well with the artwork.

Years ago I abandoned the idea of pillows on my couches.  All I did was pick them up off the floor 300 times a day.  I have made an exception in the last few weeks and have enjoyed the color and pattern that pillows add to the dark leather.  My favorite pillow (below) I made with vintage fabric.

With all the stress of preparing for company, having this space look nice helps calm me down.   It also makes me want to make more pumpkins!

There is so much to be thankful for today.  This has been a year of increasing awareness for blessings I never really counted before… things like being able to walk, work, think, pray.  I am so grateful to the Lord for all that he has done for me in my life.  Without a doubt, I am one of the least of His daughters, and yet his kindness to me is everlasting.  That kindness becomes so obvious when my heart is in the right place, and I suppose that some of the difficulties of the year have opened my eyes to the tender mercies of God.

May we all see our lives, today and always, through the precious lens of gratitude.  It enlivens the soul, softens the heart, gives joy to life.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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