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Caramel pecan tart with cream cheese pastry

23 April 2014


  • 150g unsalted butter
  • 155g soft light brown sugar
  • 150g golden syrup
  • 500ml double cream
  • 5 x 45g packets of Natures Table Snacks pecan halves
  • 130g brioche crumbs and fresh white breadcrumbs, mixed

For the pastry

  • 200g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 75g unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
  • 75g cream cheese
  • 1 medium free-range egg, separated
  1. To make the pastry, sift the flour into a food processor with a pinch of salt. Add the butter and pulse until it resembles breadcrumbs. Dollop in the cream cheese, add the egg yolk and pulse again, until it starts to come together. Bring the dough together with your hands and knead briefly on a dusted work surface until you have a smooth pastry. Shape into a disk, wrap in cling film and chill for a least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200C/fan 180/gas6 and put in a baking sheet to heat up. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry to a thickness of a pound coin and use to line a 23cm fluted shallow tart tin. Chill for 15 minutes.
  3. Prick the base all over with a fork, then line with baking paper and add baking beans or rice. Blind-bake on the preheated sheet for 12-15 minutes, then remove the paper and beans/rice and return to the oven for a further 6-8 minutes until golden and cooked through. Brush with egg white and pop back in the oven for a minute to seal the tart case and keep the pastry crisp.
  4. Meanwhile, melt the butter, sugar, syrup and cream in a pan over a gentle heat until the sugar has dissolved. Increase the heat and bubble for 10-12 minutes, running a fork through occasionally if it needs evening out, until thick.
  5. Lightly roast the pecan halves in a dry pan over a low heat, then roughly chop one third, leaving the rest whole. Once the caramel thick and glossy, stir in the crumbs and chopped pecans. Pour into the tart case, then decorate with the pecan halves. Leave in the fridge for 2 hours or so before removing from the tin and serving.

PER SERVING( BASED ON 14) 578 kcals, 45.9g fat (22.7g saturated), 5g protein, 36.3g carbs, (20.9g sugars), 0.3g salt, 1.7g fibre

Posted: 23/04/2014 13:33:36 by Sara

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