Pecan Tarts is a perfect bite sized dessert with a flaky crust, sweet center and an inviting aroma. Seems it is a small fancy version of the original pecan pie. It will be a perfect dessert for Christmas. This is made in two stages. First the crust and then the filling.
Ingredients for the crust
Flour- 1 cup
Cream cheese- 1/3 cup
Butter- 1/2 cup
salt- a pinch
Ingredients for filling
Pecan - 1 cup
flour- 2 tsp
Dark brown corn syrup- 3-4tsp
Vanilla extract- 1 tsp
salt- 1/3 tsp
In a mixing ball beat butter and cream cheese till smooth.Mix in flour to form a dough. Do not knead too much. Just bring it into one mass and chill it in fridge for an hour. Spread the dough with a rolling pin and cut out small circles. Press this down with your fingers into a greased muffin tin and keep ready. For the filling beat egg in a small bowl and mix in all the ingredients listed for filling. Carefully spoon in this mixture into the shells( about 3/4 of the shell)and bake at 300 degree F for 15 minutes or till the tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.Allow it to cool completely before serving.
I would like to thank my friends Jaisy, Shanavi, Kitchen Boffin, Kavitha and Kurinji for sharing some beautiful awards with me...sorry guys for being a bit late. All have wonderful blogs and I take this opportunity to thank each one of them for the constant support and encouragement.Thanks Kurinji for sharing once again with me Lovely Blog Award. It is great joy to receive this award from you friend.
Thanks Jaisy and Shanavi for this sweet award
And also ..Thanks Fezi of Kitchen Boffin for sharing with me this beautiful award
Kavitha has tagged me with a questionnaire ( set of eight questions) twice and I am posting my answers. Thanks dear for tagging and it was real fun.I was also asked to tag eight blogger friends and keep the ball rolling :)The intention is to help us know each other better.Kavitha's questions and my answers...
1. What is your take on organic food , is it a big deal for you ?
It is not a big deal for me. There are some things in my shopping list which has the label organic like milk, eggs etc, but not all... as it may not be good for my purse to pay 25- 40% etc to regular market price:)
I do love the concept of safe methods of farming and protecting nature. But it seems gone are those days when it was declared as a motto of organic foods-know your food and know where it is grown. Today due to increasing demands organic farms are adapting new techniques and it is a prestige for large corporate farms to develop as part of their huge farms a division called Organic farm.
2. Do you time your breakfast,lunch & dinner or eat when you are hungry ?
Usually I eat breakfast and lunch when I am hungry, but have a time fixed for dinner as it is fun to have dinner together with my family. This is the time I can spend with my husband and son who is a preschooler.
3. What inspired you to write a food blog ?
I am not sure about it. My husband used to take photos of food that I prepare and we made a separate file. One day I took up the idea of writing down the recipes tried and tested when I was chatting with my mother. She was very sad that she lost some of the family recipes of my late grandmother and great grandmother.
4. You try a new recipe and it does not turn out good,what will you do ?
I try to improvise on that dish by adding some other ingredients that I feel might improve its taste, but if it does not work I tell hubby about it and just dump it.
5. Name three ingredients you consciously avoid or eliminate even when the recipe calls for it ?
Store brought broth, canned fish, veggies and canned meat and vegetable shortenings.
6. Name three things you have to use in most recipes ?
Coconut, Pepper powder and garlic
7. How important is eating meals together as a family to you?
Its very important for me as it gives us the sense of being together and it is fun
8. You do not like a particular dish at your favorite restaurant,what will you do ?
I will never order:) But if it part of the main meal I will just keep it aside.
Now to the second set of questions
1)Are you a vegetarian, or have you thought about being one?
Those who come to my blog will surely know the answer:) I am not.. I have not yet thought of being one but I do enjoy vegetarian as much I love non vegetarian food.
2)Who inspired you to cook or bake?
I learned cooking from my mom and later after marriage from my Mom-in -law. I used to help my mother and my mother in law in their kitchens and they were very particular to reserve the less burden jobs for me ... probably they had a fear that I will make a mess of their kitchen:(.
Baking I learned after I came to US and am still learning. I began with big holes and tunnels in my cakes but now I have started to understand little secrets to make it somewhat perfect.
3) How do you celebrate Christmas?...or a favorite holiday of your choice?
We love to celebrate Christmas as my son love Christmas lights and decors. We also celebrate Onam and Vishu. Now we are away from family and relatives but we still try to imbibe the joy and happiness of these festivals.
4)Do you prefer to celebrate New Year's Eve with friends and/or family, or prefer to ring in the New Year quietly, and privately, at home?
We love to celebrate with friends and family while we were in India. But now ours is a small family with my husband, kid and myself. We will be mostly at home, we stay awake to welcome the New year, cut cake and then ring up our parents and relatives in India to be part of their happiness.
5)If someone were to ask you to bring dessert to a party, what would you bring? Store bought, or homemade, and if you were to make homemade, what would you make?
It has always been a tough decision for me. I ask hubby dear as he is my best critic. It is he who has tested all my recipes ..poor thing... hehehe:)
6) How will you celebrate your next birthday?
I love celebrating my husbands and sons birthday..I love planning and doing something different and to make the day special. But mine I leave it for them to decide..to be truthful I am not sure..last minute plans.
7)Do you have a New Year's resolution-and will you be sticking to it?
I do make New Year resolutions but I sadly admit that I did not stick to it last year.
I am passing the first set of Kavitha's questions to some of my friends :) Please keep the ball rolling:)
Thanks dear friends..
Have a great day:)