Photo: Lisa Romerein
Total Time
1 Hour
Makes 1 tart (9 in.); 12 servings

This buttery tart has just enough brown sugar filling to hold the nuts together, no more.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°. In a food processor, whirl flour, 2 tbsp. brown sugar, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Add cold butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add egg yolk and pulse to combine. Add 2 to 3 tbsp. ice water, pulsing until mixture begins to come together in a ball.

Step 2

Press dough into bottom and up sides of a 9-in. round tart pan with 1-in. sides. Prick bottom of tart with a fork and chill in freezer 15 minutes. Bake crust until medium golden brown, 15 to 25 minutes, and remove from oven (leave oven on).

Step 3

Meanwhile, in a standing electric mixer on high speed, beat whole egg, remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar, and remaining 1/4 tsp. salt until pale and ribbony, 7 to 10 minutes. Beat in melted butter, corn syrup, and rum.

Step 4

Pour sugar mixture into tart shell and sprinkle with macadamia nuts. Bake tart until a knife inserted in center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool tart on a wire rack at least 1 hour. Cut into wedges and serve with vanilla or ginger ice cream, if you like.

Step 5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Chef's Notes

To omit the rum in the filling, use 1 1/2 tablespoons of water plus 1 teaspoon of rum extract. 

Ratings & Reviews


September 15, 2015
Excellent tart!  It was delicious and presented nicely.  It was a simple dish to make and probably the best nut tart I have ever tasted.  

Easy and delicious

November 21, 2015
My husband is NOT a dessert person so the fact that he asks for this tart every time we have guests is a true compliment.