Try the mellow taste of sourwood honey to complement the richness of this favorite.

Recipe by Southern Living September 1999


Credit: Charles Walton

Recipe Summary

Makes 1 (9-inch) tart


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Instructions Checklist
  • Bring 1 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water to a boil in a medium-size heavy saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cover and boil over medium-high heat, without stirring, 8 minutes or until golden, swirling pan occasionally.

  • Remove from heat, and gradually stir in whipping cream (mixture will bubble with addition of cream).

  • Add butter, honey, and salt, stirring until smooth. Stir in pecans, and simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and cool completely.

  • Unfold 1 piecrust on a lightly floured surface, and roll into an 11-inch circle. Fit into a 9-inch removable bottom tart pan. Trim edges. Freeze crust 30 minutes.

  • Spread pecan mixture into crust. Unfold remaining piecrust, and roll into a 10-inch circle. Place over mixture, pressing into bottom crust to seal; trim edges. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sugar. Freeze 30 minutes.

  • Bake at 400° for 30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

  • Place chocolate in a small heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag; seal. Submerge in hot water until chocolate melts. Snip a tiny hole in 1 corner of bag, and drizzle chocolate over tart. Sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon sugar.