Monday, April 5, 2010

Pecan Raisin Tart

This is a beautiful tart that I think is so elegant looking and tasty. The crust always comes out great and is one of the best tasting ones I make. I made this for our Easter dessert. We had a very simple dinner since our potluck with the extended family was cancelled for unforeseen reasons. So, when I had only planned one dish to share at dinner and this dessert, I was suddenly faced with planning a whole holiday meal. Needless to say, I ended up keeping it very simple.

Here is our menu:

Spring rolls with dipping sauce
Steamed rainbow carrots (that my younger daughter picked out)
Kale with sausage (a very easy recipe that I will share in a later post)

For dessert:

Pecan Raisin Tart

Without further ado, here are the photos and the recipe. This will take an afternoon or morning to make, so don't rush it, and enjoy yourself and the fruits of your labor afterwards!

Pecan Raisin Tart

Wedge of Pecan Raisin Tart

Easter Dinner 2010

Pecan Raisin Tart


1 and 2/3 cups of flour
1/8 tsp. salt
2 and 1/2 Tbs. of vegan sugar
One stick and 3 Tbs. of vegan margarine, chilled and diced
1 Tbs. Ener-G Egg Replacer
5 Tbs. cold water


1 and 1/4 cups of brown sugar, packed
2 sticks of vegan margarine
1 cup of homemade or your favorite store-bought maple syrup
A pinch of salt
3 Tbs. Ener-G Egg Replacer
12 Tbs. water
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup raisins
4 and 1/2 cups pecans, coarsely chopped


I make most of my crusts in my food processor. However, I also have a pastry cutter that I sometimes use. If you do not have a food processor, feel free to use your pastry cutter, or even a butter knife or fork for the following directions. With your pastry blade inserted in the food processor, mix the flour salt and sugar together. Add the diced margarine and process until it looks like fine crumbs. You made need to stop the machine occasionally and scrape the ingredients from the side of the machine before continuing. Whisk together well the Egg Replacer and cold water. Remove the lid from the feed tube and add the whisked ingredients with the machine running. Wait about a minute to see if it turns into a ball, or pretty close to a ball. This is successful almost every time for me. If it is still fairly dry, add a teaspoon of water at a time to get it into a ball. Be sure to not get it wet or sticky. Most of the time you will not need this additional water. Remove the dough onto waxed paper and keep it in a ball. Wrap the waxed paper around it and chill for fifteen minutes. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Remove the dough from the refrigerator, and on a lightly floured surface roll out the dough to a circle about thirteen inches in diameter. I usually sprinkle a little flour on top of the dough before rolling, so the rolling pin won't stick. In a ten-inch spring form cake pan, carefully lay the rolled out dough. Mine almost always cracks, so don't worry if yours does. Simply press the dough together gently with your fingers. If there are uneven sides to the dough, take the extras and press it in the needed spaces. You will want your dough on the bottom and all around the side of the pan. Prick the bottom and side of your tart crust all over with a fork. Chill for ten more minutes. Remove from the refrigerator and line the crust with waxed paper. Pour one pound of dried beans on the waxed paper, being sure that the whole bottom of the crust has weight on it. Bake for fifteen minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and lower the heat to 350 degrees. Carefully lift two sides of the waxed paper, so it's slightly folded in the center. Use this fold to pour the beans into a spare bowl, and toss the waxed paper. Continue baking the tart for seven more minutes. Remove the pan from the oven, and reduce the heat to 300 degrees. Let the crust cool while you make the tart filling. In a medium pot, put in the sugar, vegan margarine, syrup and salt. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium and cook for five minutes, stirring often. If it threatens to boil over, reduce heat slightly. Remove from heat. In a large bowl, whisk together the Egg Replacer and water. Add the vanilla extract and stir. Add the raisins and stir. And, finally, add the pecans and stir very well. When completely mixed, pour in the syrup mixture and stir thoroughly. Pour into the pie crust and bake for one hour. The filling will feel somewhat soft to the touch, but don't worry: it will firm up. Let completely cool on a wire rack. I suggest bringing to room temperature before serving, if you have to chill it. Feeds more than five hungry vegans.


  1. What a gorgeous looking dessert! Thanks for sharing the recipe.


  2. What a lovely looking meal ! And bravo on the tart ! I have attempted them in the past but I seem to be tart and pie crust challenged. Bread, cookies, cakes I can do very well but those crust type desserts do not like me I think :-)

  3. Alicia, Thank you very much, and you're welcome!

    Incredible Shrinking, Thanks for stopping by! I can be very crust-challenged, too. But, if you follow my directions, this one should turn out for you. :)

  4. You should sell those tarts. I see too many words in the recipe to try to make them myself.

  5. What a beautiful pie. I may have to try this one when our family unites together once again. Good job!

  6. Ah, S.V., it does look like a lot when it's all a bunch of words put down, but it's fun to make! Right? Again with the selling idea. If only I was capable of understanding the techie world beyond my little, quiet comfort zone. But, I sincerely appreciate that thought and encouragement. When your in Sacto, knock on my door, and I'll make you the tart or my Candy Cane Breads. :)

    Millie, Thank you! I'm sure your family would enjoy it.

  7. Hello Miss M.
    I seriously want a huge slice of this tart. I adore raisins and pecans...oh my goodness!!!
    I can almost smell it! Some coffee and that tart and I am in heaven!!! I need to travel more so I can come get a slice! LOL

  8. I like the nickname, V.V.! Much better. :) Come on over and have a slice.

  9. Ohh my, I love these types of looks fantastic, and the dinner sounds great.

  10. Thanks, Rose! Everything was yummy.

  11. I'm trying to book my flight to CA now!

  12. Sarah, Thank you very much!

    S.V., Yipes, does this mean I have to clean the kids' rooms?

  13. Tell the kids to clean their own rooms! It's the least they can do! Aren't they grateful for the Chocolate Chip Waffles????

  14. Thank you, Janet! They call to me, too.

    S.V., lol, yes they do clean their own rooms. But, for company, I prefer the carpet to be visible. I never thought of holding those waffles hostage, before; thanks for the idea.