What’s better than a cup of coffee and a slice of pecan pie? This coffee pecan tart, with both flavors in one neat package!
Welcome to another edition of Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a progressive dinner party. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats, a theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out.
We have a core group of 12 bloggers, but we will always need substitutes and if there is enough interest would consider additional groups. To see our upcoming themes and how you can participate, please check out the schedule at Creative Culinary or contact Barb for more information.
This month’s theme is Great Holiday Desserts hosted by Jenni Field at Pastry Chef Online. Cookies, cakes, pies and more for your holiday party planning!
Hooray for Progressive Eats!
I was so bummed out to miss last month’s Progressive Eats virtual progressive dinner, but I hope you caught my round-up of everyone else’s goodies. This month I’m back, and I’m really excited to be the host of this month’s Progressive Eats meal. Since the holidays are getting closer and closer every day, I thought we’d all bring you Great Holiday Desserts! There is something for everyone this month from cookies to tarts to cheesecakes. Each of them delicious and each more than worthy of finding a place on your holiday table. So, from our virtual tables to yours, I give you Progressive Eats: Great Holiday Desserts!
I had planned on making small tartlets for Barb’s cocktail party last month, so I’m bringing back my original idea but making it as a tart. Tartlets are perfect for eating out of hand as one mingles at a cocktail party, but I think a full-sized tart is a pretty spectacular presentation for the holidays. The hint of coffee in the filling tones down the often-too-sweet pecan filling and adds a lovely and sophisticated twist to a holiday classic. The shortcrust is sturdy and crumbly and would make fantastic tea cookies should you decide to try that sometime.
Before I share my recipe, please visit all the other fantastic cooks and enjoy their offerings as well. From all of us in the Progressive Eats crew to you, we wish you a joyful holiday season.
Great Holiday Desserts
- Brown Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake with Bourbon and Caramel Sauce
- Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream Cake Roll
- Bourbon Cajeta Apple Butter Goat Cheese Cheesecake
- Mini Mascarpone Cheesecakes
- Vanilla Rum-Chocolate Chestnut Saint Honoré
Pies and Tarts
Why Is This Pecan Tart Better Than Pecan Pie?
I will tell you:
- I find pecan pie to generally be overly sweet with that odd layer of goo lingering under the nuts. It’s not that I don’t like it really. I just think it’s a bit one-note.
- Most folks don’t toast their nuts before baking, and many recipes don’t call for any salt or “just a pinch,” which most people interpret as 3 flakes. Nuts need salt and nuts need toasting.
- And what’s better with a slice of toasted, salted, pecany goodness than a cup of coffee? Nothing. So I put the coffee right in the tart, and what room isn’t taken up by coffee is wall to wall, floor to ceiling pecans. Just look!
The entire thing is held in a crumbly, orange-scented sable crust. There’s just something about that combination of orange-pecan-coffee that just seems so right.
You ready to make this tart? Let’s do it!
I adapted the filling recipe from this caramelized pecan tart on Simply Recipes. This tart is nice and sturdy. I don't mean that in a bad way. You could even cut it in squares and eat it like a brownie. The crust is lovely and crumbly when you bite into it, but it's firm enough to stay in one piece when you pick it up. You'll notice even the bottom ring is off the tart in some of the photos, and I was able to move it carefully without its cracking apart. One less thing to have to worry about on Thanksgiving day! As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
For the Sable
For the Filling
For the Sable
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To Finish and Bake
Nutrition InformationYield 10 Serving Size 1/10 tart
Amount Per ServingCalories 496 Total Fat 27.4g Saturated Fat 13.3g Cholesterol 89mg Sodium 336mg Carbohydrates 60g Fiber 1.6g Sugar 39.8g Protein 5g
I adapted the filling recipe from this caramelized pecan tart on Simply Recipes.
This tart is nice and sturdy. I don't mean that in a bad way. You could even cut it in squares and eat it like a brownie. The crust is lovely and crumbly when you bite into it, but it's firm enough to stay in one piece when you pick it up. You'll notice even the bottom ring is off the tart in some of the photos, and I was able to move it carefully without its cracking apart. One less thing to have to worry about on Thanksgiving day!
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read today. I do hope you will make the rounds on the Progressive Eats circuit and check out everyone’s offerings. You’ll be glad you did. Take care, and have a lovely day.