Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Pecan Tarts

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
Sugar- 3/4cup
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
I would like to share this with some of my blogger friends..

And also ..Thanks Fezi of Kitchen Boffin for sharing with me this beautiful award

This award has certain rules and it is to share seven things about myself and to pass the award to blogger whom I have recently met and who I think is fantastic. I would like to share this with

Anand Rajasekaran
Nisa Homey
Priya Sreeram

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:)

Savitha Ramesh
Cool blogger
Kitchen Boffin
Kairali sisters

Thanks dear friends..
Have a great day:)


  1. awsome pics dear and congrats on ur award.....will try it soon

  2. Wow, those pecan tarts are drool worthy. Congrats on your awards. And, great to know about you :)

  3. Thank u for tagging me suja...will giv u my replies asap........

  4. Suja here's a hug for being such an excellent sport,blogging is all about sharing our food and a little about us,we are what we eat,I think. I loved all your answers and you know what- My answer to the 1st set-5th question is ditto :) Now coming to the pecan tarts,they look so christmassy and festive and the pecans with the crust are totally my favorite:)Thanks a ton for the award,I love it!!!

  5. thank you :)
    delicious addition of cream cheese for the filling
    my favourite summer dessert

  6. This is so fabulous! The color is fab and I bet they were tasty.
    Loved your answers :)

    US Masala

  7. Congrats on the awards,Delicious mouthwatering pecan tarts Suja.Thanks for the award.

  8. Congrats on ur award...and the pecan tarts looks very tempting

  9. Thanks for passing the award and more importantly remembering me.. Pecan tarts look awesome..Lovely colours...I'll finish off ur entire plate.. :)

  10. tarts looks sooo gorgeous.. love it!
    congrats! on ur award.. keep rocking..
    thanks for tagging me in ur questionnaire..

  11. Cute little pecan tarts! Congrats on your awards and good to read some of your views!

  12. lovely tarts, and congrats on all your awards,and thanks so much for sharing one with me as well...

  13. Congrats on ur award and thanks for tagging me Suja!

  14. Tarts looks awesome....congrats on ur awards and thanks a lot for passing on to me dear.

  15. Congrats on ur awards dear and great to know you better! Beautiful tart and sounds delicious..

  16. Hey,

    Cute little tarts...love tarts...great to know more about you and congrats on your awards...:)Keep rocking...:)



  17. Cute and irresistible tarts, sooo inviting..COngrats on ur awards, nice to know more about u..interesting tag..

  18. wonderful pic of tarts
    congs.thanks for sharing award with me

  19. Delicious looking tarts,love pecans.

  20. loved the tarts!
    Congrats Suja!... nice to know more about u..

  21. Thanks for sharing an award with me :)

  22. congrats and I loved all ur answers. Kool:)

  23. Adipoli tarts..I love mini desserts, always...Thanks for the tag chechi....

  24. Congrats on the awards...that tart looks yummy..

  25. Tart looks amazing and congrats for the awards and thx for tagging me.

  26. Congrats Suja and Tarts looks lovely .

    thank you for thinking of me.

  27. wow lovely pecan tart and congrats on your awards dear.... and thanks for the tag dear....

  28. Loved reading more about you and lovely tarts Suja!

  29. hey suja--loved the recipe for the tarts ! and congrats on ur award ! nice knowing abt u ! and thanks for sharing the same with me dear !! keep rocking !

  30. Nice recipe. A good bite size dessert.

  31. oh wow!! so cute and yummy!!
    and nice knowing more about you!!!

  32. nice to read more about you and those looks so cute!

  33. perfect dessert...loved it...and congrats for the award...and thank you very much for sharing with me too..

  34. Thanks all for stopping by and for the encouraging comments:)

  35. thanks for tagging me...lovely answers...the tarts looks wow wow ...amazing suja

  36. congratulations on your awards. thank you very much for passing the award to me. Your questionnaire was fun to read, and the tarts are lovely. good work. keep it up.

  37. Congrats Suja! Love the recipe. I will have to try it out!

  38. Thanks Sanyukta, Vanishri and Savithri for the lovely comments:)


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