Pecan Torte

Pecan Torte

I had what I’d like to call a “tarte Tatin moment” when making this Pecan Torte.

Let me explain; for those unfamiliar, the inventors of the tarte Tatin, the Tatin sisters, didn’t mean for their legendary apple tart to be upside down.

It was a mistake, an accident from which one of the most delicious of desserts in the whole world was born. Likewise, I didn’t mean for my torte to be butter-less.

I duly melted half a stick of butter in the microwave just to find out hours later that the entire bowl of melted butter was still there.

It’s only then that I realized that the uber delicious and moist dessert I had been nibbling on all afternoon and couldn’t get enough of was completely butter-less. Imagine my joy! I quickly ran to my recipe and crossed out the butter.

It simply didn’t need it. The oil from the pecans was more than enough to produce a delicate torte.

Pecan Torte

There is something totally amazing about this torte besides the absence of butter: every time I took a bite, I had the impression that I was eating baklava or some other similarly sweet, gooey, nutty Moroccan or Middle Eastern dessert.

If I had one of those blindfolded taste tests, I could have sworn I was eating a scrumptious Moroccan honey-glazed pastry. It tasted just like one: richmellifluousaddictive.

I was thrilled–no, beyond thrilled–to have a taste of home without all the caloric baggage. If I may add, it is also sugar-free and flourless!!

Pecan Torte Recipe

8 servings

  • 2 cups shelled pecans
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray an 8-inch springform or non-stick tart pan with cooking spray.

In a food processor, grind the pecans to a coarse meal.

In a large bowl, combine the ground pecans with salt. Whisk in the honey, eggs, and vanilla extract until well combined.

Pour the batter in the prepared pan . Bake until set and lightly browned, 25 minutes.

Jennifer Dumas

My name is Jennifer! Welcome to Dinners and Dreams. My goal here is to encourage you to try out recipes you never thought you could make at home. Furthermore, I also review products that I have used in the past or currently using to make every day buying decisions easier and to ensure you get the best value for your money.

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