Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Mini tarts with caramelized pear jam and pecans in 3 easy steps!

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As I promised in my post yesterday, here is the recipe for the mini tarts I made for Christmas.
Very easy and less time consuming than most recipes for sweets.


You would need:

1 package of pie crust ( there are 2 crusts inside)
1 jar of jam ( I used caramelized pear jam but you can use any kind you want!)
1 cup walnuts
50-60 half cut pecans ( these you would need to put on top, so if you think you are going to make less than 60, buy less!)

Time schedule:
Rolling out and cutting pieces: 10 min
Mixing filling- 5 min
Baking: 15 aproximately.
Total: 30 min for 48 pieces ( you can get 60 pieces of 1 package of pie crusts)

Preparation:


1. Roll out the pie crusts a little bit thinner than what they are in the package. Cut a circular shape of the rolled out pie crust(It is best if you have a cookie cutter with round shape, I didn't and it slowed me a bit), then placed it in a greased mini muffin pan as you stretch it slightly with your fingers.
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2. In a large bowl mix together the jam and walnuts. With a small spoon place enough to fill the mini pie shells but not to the edge, since they can overflow if you do while baking. Add a half pecan on top of the jam.

3. Bake on 400 for 15 minutes or until the pie crust on the bottom is beige in color. Take them out of the pan immediately when they are done and place them on a cooling rack. Serve cold.

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