Strawberry Pecan Tart.

July 16, 2013

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Hi schooners! I'm Mary Beth. And I'm a wife. Mum to three little ones. Freelance photographer and blogger. Big dreamer.   I love natural light, stripes and seahorses, in-the-moment, travel, iced coffee, comfy tees, and meaningful conversations. The most important things to me are: God, my husband, my children. Everything else is a cherry on top. I believe in keeping things real, while pursuing a creative life, and so I blog about our everyday at Annapolis & Company. A blog full of stories, food, diy's, and inspiration.

Annapolis & Company | Strawberry Pecan Tart

It's been quite the full summer! Chris pulled into Oklahoma last month with his airstream and camera equipment to film me making dinner. I picked simple recipes because I knew I'd be nervous, and antsy, and a little all-over-the-place. It turns out Chris is a super laid-back guy that instantly makes you feel comfortable, so I really had nothing to worry about.

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After Chris was done most of his filming, we laid our kids down for bed, and ate this tart at the kitchen table. We talked blogging, and how it merges with life lived outside of cyberspace. We talked about living a creative life and what a blessing it is to be able to pursue the things we love. We went over the next route to Arkansas. And it was nice. To gather around good food and good conversation. To find common ground.

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I love moments like these. Having people in our home and getting to know them. Taking the time to still the busyness. Put together something simple in the kitchen. And share it with others.
It does my heart so good. :)

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Annapolis & Company | Strawberry Pecan Tart

Trust me when I say, this Strawberry Pecan Tart I found from Megan's Just Five series, is simple at its' simplest. Pretty at its' prettiest. And summer at its' summeriest. {I think that last word is made up.}

//Strawberry Pecan Tart

ingredients:
1 ½ cups raw pecans 2 tablespoons salted butter, cold and cut into pieces 1-2 tablespoons honey 1 pound fresh strawberries, sliced Half-pint heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 tsp. vanilla or almond extract {I LOVE almond}

To make the whipping cream:

Pop a metal mixing bowl in the freezer for a good 5-10 minutes. Whipping cream likes a good, cold, bowl. Pour the heavy cream in and whip on high speed. While it’s whipping I add sugar {just a few tablespoons} and a splash of almond/vanilla extract. When it’s ready it will be thick, stiff and yummy. Store in fridge till you're ready to serve the tart.

For the tart:

Begin by preheating the oven to 400 degrees.
Next in a food processor fitted with an S blade, pulse the pecans 20-30 times. You want them to be a course meal, but be careful not to blend too much as they will turn into pecan butter.
In a mixing bowl, mix together the pecans and honey (use 1-2 tablespoons depending on the desired sweetness.) Blend the butter into the pecan-honey mixture using your fingers.
Press the mixture into the bottom of a tart pan (14″x5″ rectangle or 9″ round will work) and bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from the oven and let cool.
Place sliced strawberries on top. Dollop with whipped cream when you are ready to serve.
Annapolis & Company | Strawberry Pecan Tart

I've made this several times this summer, all for various eaters. And it has received rave reviews from all of them. I love that the crust is made from pecans, instead of the traditional graham cracker crust. It gives it a really hearty and healthy twist, paired with the lightness of the whipped cream, and the natural sweetness of the strawberries. I'm telling you, you're going to love it!