Sweet Potato Streusel Tarts

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These miniature sweet potato pies feature a topping made with hazelnuts, although any nut will work.
2 dozen (serving size: 1 tart)


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1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
3 tablespoons ice water
Cooking spray
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 cup mashed cooked sweet potatoes
1/4 cup evaporated fat-free milk
2 tablespoons finely chopped hazelnuts
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces


To prepare crust, lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup, and level with a knife. Place the flour, granulated sugar, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a food processor; pulse 2 times or until combined. Add 2 tablespoons butter and shortening, and pulse 4 times or until mixture resembles coarse meal. With processor on, add ice water through food chute, 1 tablespoon at a time, processing just until combined (do not form a ball). Shape mixture into a 6-inch log; wrap in plastic wrap coated with cooking spray. Freeze 30 minutes.

Shape the dough into 24 balls, and place 1 ball in each of 24 miniature muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Press dough into the bottoms and up the sides of the muffin cups.

Preheat oven to 425°.

To prepare the filling, place syrup and next 5 ingredients (syrup through egg) in a bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed for 1 minute or until well blended. Add sweet potatoes and milk; beat until well blended. Spoon about 4 teaspoons filling into each muffin cup.

To prepare streusel, combine hazelnuts and 2 tablespoons brown sugar in a small bowl; cut in 1 1/2 teaspoons butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle streusel evenly over tarts; bake at 425° for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350° (do not remove tarts from oven); bake for 12 minutes or until the filling is set. Cool for 5 minutes on a wire rack. Run a knife around outside edges. Remove tarts, and cool completely on wire rack.

Created date

November 2001

Nutritional Information

Calories 81
Caloriesfromfat 32 %
Fat 2.9 g
Satfat 1.1 g
Monofat 1.2 g
Polyfat 0.4 g
Protein 1.3 g
Carbohydrate 12.6 g
Fiber 0.5 g
Cholesterol 12 mg
Iron 0.5 mg
Sodium 57 mg
Calcium 18 mg