Toasted Pecan Tart with Bourbon Whipped Cream

Pastry sous chef Ashley Church tops pecan pie with chiboust pastry cream. A simple substitute: whipped cream.

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  • Servings: Makes one 11-inch tart
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Ingredients

crust
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  • 1 large egg white
filling
  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
whipped cream
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon

How to make this recipe

  1. Make the Whipped Cream: In a bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle, beat the butter until creamy. Add the 1 1/4 cups of flour and the confectioners' sugar, salt and vanilla seeds and beat at low speed until smooth. Beat in the egg white. Scrape the dough onto a sheet of plastic wrap; press into a 6-inch disk. Wrap up and freeze until firm, at least 20 minutes.
  2. Make the Whipped Cream: Preheat the oven to 350°. On a well-floured work surface, roll the dough out to a 12-inch round. Ease the dough into an 11-inch fluted tart pan with a removable bottom; press it into the pan. Trim the overhanging dough and use it to patch any tears or holes. Freeze the tart shell just until firm, 10 minutes.
  3. Make the Whipped Cream: Line the dough with parchment paper and pie weights and bake for 20 minutes, until nearly set. Remove the weights and paper and bake for 20 minutes, until golden.
  4. Make the Whipped Cream: Spread the pecans on a baking sheet and toast for 10 minutes, until fragrant. Let cool, then chop the nuts. In a bowl, whisk the corn syrup, brown sugar, cream, eggs, bourbon, vanilla and salt. Stir in the butter and pecans.
  5. Make the Whipped Cream: Set the tart pan on the baking sheet and set it in the oven. Scrape the filling into the tart shell and bake for about 35 minutes, until the custard is set and puffed; cover the edge with strips of foil if it's browning too fast. Transfer to a rack to cool, then remove the ring and slide the tart onto a serving plate.
  6. Make the Whipped Cream: In a bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the cream with the confectioners' sugar and bourbon until soft peaks form. Cut the tart into wedges and serve with the whipped cream.

Suggested Pairing

Tawny Port: NV Quinta do Infantado.

Contributed By Photo © Roland Persson Published November 2010

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