Chocolate Pecan Tart

This is a sumptuous Chocolate Pecan Tart, perfect for a special event or any day you want an easy and delicious dessert.

Chocolate Pecan Tart from Chef François Payard

I was asked some time ago if I would like to feature a recipe from Chef François Payard. Not that I am alone in that invitation I’m sure but when a recipe that is not in one of Chef Payard’s books is offered to me, I feel both honored and certainly intrigued. That was the case with this Chocolate Pecan Tart.

I’m not a baking blog or a chocolate blog but more of an ‘all things blog’ certainly with an emphasis on cocktails but I’m always game; his recipes have never failed me and I loved the sound of this Chocolate Pecan Tart; even if I set it aside and forgot about it!

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That being said, this recipe was a bit confounding and when you say that about a recipe from a master you sort of scrunch into your seat and wait for the angels to come visit you and set your head straight. But it’s true and as a result I had to make some big revisions.

I first made it several weeks ago during the Christmas holidays after I was invited to join some friends for dinner. The plan was to make a tart, take some photos and then carry my goodies with me to their house. It all happened save for the photos; I simply ran out of time.

The response to the dessert was so positive that I thought it worth doing again, making sure to right the snafu I ran into, and sharing here in time for Valentine’s Day.

Chocolate Pecan Tart from Chef François Payard

And what was that snafu? WAY too much filling. As in double what is required. This time around I decided to make individual Chocolate Pecan Tarts for Valentine’s Day and had the opportunity to measure exactly how much of the liquid filling I needed and it was literally half the amount that this recipe makes. That is a LOT of extra filling.

So, do I recommend that you cut the amounts in half or that you make two Chocolate Pecan Tarts? Both? I opted for the first choice; this is a rich and wonderful treat but I didn’t more than one of them; if you’re serving a crowd then do two.

Although I baked this recipe as tarts so I could give them to my neighbors, I’ve kept the recipe written for a single larger Chocolate Pecan Tart thinking that most of my readers would find that preferable. Heck, I had to spend a half hour figuring out where I had stored the little tart baking forms!

Do you love my little heart decorations? If you want to make these for Valentine’s Day, they’re simply some scrap pie dough. I cut out little circles; flattened them a bit to be oblong, notched an edge for the top and then trimmed a bit off each side at the bottom before using my fingers to round off the edges and make an exaggerated point at the bottom.

Brush with milk and top with red decorating sugar, bake for a couple of minutes in the oven and you’ve got hearts to decorate your tart with if you want to make this for Valentine’s Day. Easy as, well, pie! Serve this Chocolate Pecan Tart with some nice port; it makes a beautiful dessert for your Valentine or if not partnered; remember to love yourself and make one anyhow!

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Chocolate Pecan Tart garnished with whipped cream and served on white plate.
Chocolate Pecan Tart garnished with whipped cream and red heart cookies.

Chocolate Pecan Tart

This is a sumptuous Chocolate Pecan Tart, perfect for Valentine's Day or any day you want an easy and delicious dessert.
5 average from less than 50 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Desserts
Cuisine American, French
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 516 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 regular pastry shell for one pie I made this pie crust but you can also use a prepared crust. I recommend the type you unroll and put into your own pie plate.

For the Candied Pecans

  • ¼ cup water
  • cup sugar
  • 1 ½ cup whole pecan halves

For the Filling

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup corn syrup
  • ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 4 ounces chocolate milk, dark, or combination of both; chopped

Instructions
 

To Make the Candied Pecans

  • Boil the water and the sugar together to make a simple syrup. Place the pecans in a bowl and toss with the syrup. Place on a sheet pan and bake for five minute segments in an oven set at 350F or until the pecans are candied and golden brown. Let cool.

To Make the Pie

  • Preheat oven to 350º Fahrenheit
  • Place the flour, eggs, corn syrup, brown sugar and salt in a mixer with the paddle attachment. Beat the mixture on medium speed until well combined. Melt the butter and add it to the mixture. (Filling can be made up to 2 days in advance and refrigerated, just be sure to whisk well to combine before adding to the tart shell and baking)
  • Scatter the candied pecans and chopped chocolate into the tart shell. Pour the filling on top of the chocolate and nuts (should be about 3/4 full).
  • Bake for about 30 min in an oven set at 350ºF. The tart shell should have a golden color and the filling should still be soft in the middle.
  • Remove the tart from the oven and set it aside to cool. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream. Garnish with hearts if using.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Pecan Tart
Serving Size
 
1 Serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
516
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
34
g
52
%
Cholesterol
 
69
mg
23
%
Sodium
 
195
mg
8
%
Carbohydrates
 
54
g
18
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Calories
516
Keyword chocolate, dessert, pecan, tart, valentines day
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10 Comments

    1. Ha! Would it matter if I told you I use 3 Buck Chuck for photo shoots? Trust me, the tart is way better!

    1. Thanks so much Paula; they were sparked by having some dough scraps and a feeling the pie needed a Valentine touch…was a win win all the way around plus I love pie dough cookies!

    1. If I hadn’t just made it a couple of days prior I probably would have too but I can only give so much away or maybe more worried that I would keep it all for myself. 🙂

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