Back in the day, it was fairly easy to find miniature pie shells (like those pictured at left) in any grocer’s freezer. But for the past few years, I haven’t been able to find them. Although phyllo tart shells are readily available, basic tart shells are not.
Enter Wal-Mart. They seem to be the only place to buy the tart shells pictured at left. Because I LOVE LOVE LOVE these tart shells, I go to Wal-Mart JUST to buy these. Dutch Ann tart shells come 8 shells to a box, and a typical pie recipe will fill 16 shells (two boxes). The pie recipes that I use for these shells are buttermilk, chocolate chess, and pecan. I don’t know why, but pies made in these tart shells taste better to my family than ones in a typical pie crust. The pie filling and crust seem to bake perfectly every time. My tart shells have never overbrowned, and the filling is always perfectly baked.
Dutch Ann tart shells has a recipe on the box for “Granny’s Pecan Pie Tarts.” These are the BEST pecan tarts I have ever eaten! They are super easy to make, and I often make several batches to freeze and pull out when needed.
Here is a photo of a batch of tarts that I just pulled from the oven. They will all be eaten within a day or two, so these won’t go in the freezer (although they do freeze beautifully).
Granny’s Pecan Pie Tarts
3 whole eggs
1 cup white corn syrup
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
1 tsp vanilla
16 tart shells (2 boxes)
Mix all ingredients well for about 2 minutes with mixer. Pour into uncooked tart shells. Cook at 325 degrees for 30-40 minutes.