Pecan Turtle Tart

Pecan Turtle Tart
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Pecan Turtle Tart
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Pecan Turtle Tart

This recipe for Pecan Turtle Tart is recommended to save for Thanksgiving, and comes with high praise from its creator Desserts Required: "When I think of the word turtle, I think slow. When I serve my Pecan Turtle Tart, it is eaten so quickly that a turtle would barely have time to escape before the serving was gone." 

8
Servings
854
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

Note: Toast all of the pecans (crust, filling, decorative topping) at once. Do not forget to take out the pecans being used for the decorative topping before putting the pecans into the cooked dough.

The dough may also be rolled out on a lightly floured board.

More pecans may be used to decorate the top of the tart, if desired. Increase the chocolate chips accordingly.

One way to slide the Pecan Turtle Tart off the bottom of the tart pan is to serve it with the bottom still attached.

Ingredients

For the crust

  • 1 1/2  Cup  all-purpose flour
  • 1/2  Cup  pecans, toasted
  • 1  Tablespoon  sugar
  • 1/2  Cup  unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2  Tablespoon  ice water
  • 1/4  Teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • Cooking spray
  • 2  Cups  pecan halves, toasted

For the caramel layer

  • 1/2  Cup  unsalted butter
  • 1/3  Cup  heavy whipping cream
  • 3  Tablespoons  light corn syrup
  • 1  Cup  light brown sugar

For the chocolate layer

  • 3  Tablespoons  unsalted butter
  • 1/2  Cup  heavy whipping cream
  • 2  Tablespoons  light corn syrup
  • 10  Ounces  semisweet chocolate chips

For the decorative topping

  • 1  Ounce  semisweet chocolate chips
  • 12  pecan halves, toasted

Directions

For the crust

Place the flour, pecans, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the consistency of a powder. Cut the butter into 8 pieces and add to the food processor. Pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal, about 20 seconds.

Add the ice water and vanilla extract and pulse until the dough forms a ball. Remove the dough and shape into a disc. Wrap in waxed paper and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Roll the dough out between sheets of waxed paper. (You will need 2 sheets for the bottom and 1 for the top.) After each roll, rotate the dough and lift the top piece of waxed paper so that it no longer sticks to the dough. Continue rolling out to a diameter of 13 inches.

Spray an 11-inch tart pan with removable bottom with cooking spray. Transfer the dough to the pan and fold the extra dough under the sides to reinforce them. Prick the bottom with a fork and freeze the tart crust for 10 minutes.

Place of piece of aluminum foil in the tart pan and add pie weights. Place onto a sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil or baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, rotating the pan around if hot spots occur. Remove the weights (by lifting the foil carefully out) and bake for 8 more minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely.

Once cooled, place the toasted pecan halves over the crust.

For the caramel layer

Place the butter, cream, corn syrup, and brown sugar in a medium-sized saucepan. Boil the mixture until it reaches 225 degrees as measured on a candy thermometer, stirring constantly, about 10 minutes. Pour the caramel evenly over the toasted pecans. Cool on a rack for 30 minutes.

For the chocolate layer

Place the butter, cream, and corn syrup in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Turn off the stove and add the chocolate chips, covering the chips with the cream mixture. Let sit for 4 minutes and then stir until smooth.

Pour the chocolate over the cooled caramel layer.

For the decorative topping

Melt the chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave. Dip 1/2 of each pecan piece into the chocolate and place on top of the tart. (Think of a clock where the 12 pieces represent each hour on the clock.)
Refrigerate the tart for several hours or overnight.

Remove the side of the tart pan by holding the tart, by the bottom, and pushing the bottom up. Use a long metal spatula and gently slide it between the bottom of the pan and crust, rotating the tart around as you go. Slide the tart onto a serving plate.

Before serving, allow the tart to sit at room temperature for 30-45 minutes.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
35g
50%
Sugar
38g
42%
Saturated Fat
13g
54%
Cholesterol
17mg
6%
Carbohydrate, by difference
122g
94%
Protein
14g
30%
Vitamin A, RAE
175µg
25%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
192mg
19%
Choline, total
8mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
7g
28%
Fluoride, F
1µg
0%
Folate, total
162µg
41%
Iron, Fe
8mg
44%
Magnesium, Mg
37mg
12%
Niacin
7mg
50%
Phosphorus, P
256mg
37%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
14µg
25%
Sodium, Na
636mg
42%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
40g
1%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Pecan Shopping Tip

Whenever possible, purchase whole, not presliced or chopped nuts. They have a longer shelf life.

Pecan Cooking Tip

Toasting your nuts helps release essential oils and intensifies their flavor.