My mother loved to make holidays special for me and my sister…
She surprised us with small thoughtful gifts and sweet little treats — no matter how unimportant or inconsequential the holiday.
One treat I remember? Her pecan tarts.
This Valentine's Day I'm recreating these tarts for my own children, only with less processed and more wholesome ingredients, of course! Instead of conversational hearts, we'll indulge in one of my favorite childhood treats. And each child will get an annual Valentine's Day homemade bookmark poem, too!
Mama’s Pecan Tarts
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 4 ounces homemade yogurt cheese or organic cultured cream cheese (see how here)
- 1 cup of triple sifted sprouted spelt flour
- 1 cup Rapadura
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup of pecans (preferably soaked and dehydrated)
With a pastry cutter or by hand, incorporate butter into 1 cup of spelt flour until little balls of dough form. Using clean hands, mix in the yogurt cheese (cream cheese) to the flour and butter until one large ball of dough forms. Separate the dough into 24 small balls (for baking in a mini tart pan) or 12 larger balls (for baking in a regular muffin pan), depending on your baking preference. Refrigerate the balls of dough for at least 2 hours.
Prepare the pecan filling while dough is chilling. In a medium sized glass bowl, mix the butter and Rapadura until smooth. Add 1 beaten egg at a time, then vanilla. Fold in chopped pecans. Put aside until ready to fill the pastry shells.
Remove dough from refrigerator and press into muffin molds directly or into muffin cups within molds. Dough should be almost to top of mold/cup, evenly spread out. Once all the molds are filled, gently spoon in pecan filling to about 1/4 inch below top of pastry. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 to 30 minutes.
If using fresh yogurt cheese, make sure to prepare it the night before this recipe. You'll find instructions here.
I hope you enjoy this decadent treat as much as I have over the years. The tarts should keep at least a week — any more than that, I'm not sure since they've always disappeared by then. 😉
May you and those you love be blessed this Valentine’s Day. Are you planning anything special?
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