Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Chocolate Pecan Tart


I was in Toronto for Canadian Thanksgiving this year, and since I wasn't in my own apartment I knew there would be very little cooking on my part this year. I was invited to one of my friends' home for Thanksgiving dinner and was asked to bring dessert. I was looking for the perfect treat to finish off a copious Thanksgiving meal when I stumbled upon a beautiful chocolate pecan tart from Wanda's Pie in the Sky, a Toronto-staple for all things sweet.

This tart had to be the best pecan tart I had ever had. Growing up in France, enjoying a pecan tart wasn't part of my culinary traditions, nor was celebrating Thanksgiving - of course! I've embraced new traditions since moving to this side of the world but tended to find the pecan tarts I had tasted to be far too sweet for my liking. This tart was different. The cocoa crust was a nice touch and the filling for the tart was not too sweet and wonderfully rustic with Jackson Pollock-inspired drips of chocolate ganache to finish off the tart. After everyone raved about how good this tart was, I knew I had to get my hands on the recipe and try it at home. Thankfully the Wanda's Pie in Sky cookbook gives the recipe and the tart tastes just as delicious as it does from the store.

For my American readers, this would make the perfect Thanksgiving dessert - trust me. This pecan tart is worth every second it takes to make it! The recipe is made to be a full-size tart. I made individual tartlets by adjusting the baking times.

Chocolate Pecan Tart

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25 comments:

Chanel11 said...

I adore pecans and chocolate so this looks wonderful to me

MaryBeth said...

Excellent Job!... They look wonderful, I am not a fan of Pecan nuts but I really think this would make me one.

vanillasugar said...

wow those look so good. pecans and chocolate are like perfect together. i love when the pecans are salty. perfect photo!

Torviewtoronto said...

one of my favourite tarts lovely presentation

Hazel said...

Oh yum. Yum yum yum. Why is the original pecan pie not always made with chocolate?!

Katie said...

They look divine! Love the chocolate pecan caramelly combo

My Carolina Kitchen said...

I am a southerner and I grew up eating pecan pies for Thanksgiving. My mother made an excellent one with pecans from our back yard, but you are so right - pecan pies are very sweet. In fact they are too sweet for my taste today.

Your chocolate pecan tart sounds like a perfect substitute for the ultra sweet pie.
Sam

warmvanillasugar said...

Your tart is beautiful! Yum!

Jean said...

You might have just made my Thanksgiving menu planning a little easier. I always struggle to present something new to the table without completely eschewing tradition. This Chocolate Pecan tart fits the bill nicely. Thank you!

Jennifurla said...

How can a resist such a gorgeous creature

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

You don't need to convince this American - I'm sold! Thanks so much for sharing - this is a truly special one.

Val said...

Amazing.

smalltownoven said...

This looks gorgeous. I've never seen a chocolate pecan tart but I think I need to try it out!

Maria said...

Oh my, now that is a dessert! Love it!

Ravenous Rowie said...

Those tarts are so cute, and they looks completely delicious! Your photography is amazing!

Sanjeeta kk said...

Lovely to have dropped here, following you for more of such delicacies. Best wishes.

Paul Byron Downs said...

They look decadent.

Paul

Stephanie said...

Such perfect little tarts! Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! I cannot wait to try a pecan tart that doesn't hurt my teeth because it is so sweet. I am excited.
XO
Valerie

A Canadian Foodie said...

Thank you!
I cannot wait to taste a chocolate pecan tart that is not going to hurt my teeth because it is too sweet. I can't wait to try it!
XO
valerie

kimberleyblue said...

Wow, that looks amazing. Possibly the best tart I've ever seen. Sounds like heaven!

Megan said...

The tartlets are gorgeous! I think I would spend the time making minis over a tart too. They're just so adorable. And it's easier to get people to try them.

Chef Basket said...

Thanks for this great recipe for chocolate pecan tart. It sounds like they're quite wonderful!

Justin said...

i'm such a big fan of this combination

kita said...

Just got me some little tart pans and now I know what Ill be using them on!!!

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