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Cream Cheese-Pecan Pastry

Photo: Laurie Black; Styling: Chelsea Fuss
Yield Makes crust for 1 (11-inch) tart
Toasted pecans are a part of this decadent Cream Cheese-Pecan Pastry that serves as the base of our Sweet Potato Tart.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecan pieces
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and chilled
  • 1 tablespoon ice water

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a food processor; process until well blended. Add pecans, and pulse until finely chopped. Freeze mixture 30 minutes.

  2. Place flour mixture and butter in food processor; pulse until mixture is crumbly. Add ice water, and process until dough forms a ball and leaves sides of bowl. Flatten dough into a disk between 2 sheets of wax paper. Wrap in plastic wrap, and chill 1 hour.