Monday, November 16, 2009

SWEET POTATO PECAN PIE TARTS

I'm posting this at midnight and it is FIFTEEN BELOW ZERO HERE!!
This last weekend was our 39th wedding anniversary; we were high school sweethearts. To celebrate, I made a big roast beef dinner and these heavenly little tarts that I found on Shelby's The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honybunch. They are absolutely delicious tiny bites (about the size of a tassie) of cinnamon spiced sweet potato and pecans all baked in a pre-prepared mini-phyllo cup. They are impressive looking, great tasting, ultra-easy and (believe it or not) the recipe says they are only about 45 calories each!! It doesn't get much better than that!!!

1 cup cooked and mashed sweet potato
3 tablespoons white sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup chopped toasted pecans
¼ cup brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon dark corn syrup (I used light)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg white

2 (2.1 ounce) packages mini-phyllo shells

Poke sweet potatoes a few times with a knife and place them in a pie plate with 2 tablespoons of water; cover loosely with waxed paper and microwave on high for five minutes (mine took 7 minutes) or until tender.

Mash and measure out 1 cup of sweet potato. Add sugar, cinnamon and salt and stir well (I used my electric mixer to really mash the potatoes). Set aside.

In a small bowl, combine toasted pecans, brown sugar, syrup, vanilla and egg white. Stir well and set aside.

Set mini phyllo shells on a baking sheet and put about 1 teaspoon of the sweet potato mixture into the bottom of each shell (gently push down-in a little). Spoon ½ teaspoon of pecan mixture over the sweet potato mixture. Bake at 350F for 20 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.

NOTE: Our super-store sells these little pre-made phyllo shells in the ATHENS brand.

25 comments:

Marge said...

These are so cute and sound wonderful. I love your gingerbread house!

betty r said...

Coleen..they look so pretty and delicious!

Kathleen said...

These look like they come from a bakery! You did a lovely job!

Trish said...

Well now, aren't those just adorable! I can tell they pack a great little taste too! Happy Anniversary!

Anncoo said...

WOW! This sounds delicious and beautifully done.
Happy 39th Anniversay, Coleen :D I have something special for you at your mailbox.

Sonya said...

Happy Anniversary!!!

These pie tarts look just amazing!! Well done:)

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

They are so cute!
I have never seen the little phyllo sheets before, what a great idea.

Barbara Bakes said...

These look so flaky and delicious!

Debbie said...

Oh they look delicious. So pretty!

HoneyB said...

:o) Glad you enjoyed them - they are SO EASY and yummy! Yours look great!

Katherine Aucoin said...

Coleen! These look so beautiful, so elegant and very delicious!

I made your brown and serv rolls yesterday and they are fantastic! My girls adored them! I am making these again for Thanksgiving.

Peggy Clyde. said...

Happy anniversary. Those little tarts look so delicious. I want to try them. Thanks.

Joy said...

these are only 45 calories each? Because i could easily pop 10 without thinking. I should definitely make these -- I could eat all of them and still not feel too bad at the end :) Happy Anniversary btw :)

Lara said...

Happy Anniversary! These look so cute and fanciful!

Ingrid said...

I saw those on HoneyB's. Yours look equally delish.

Are the shells defrosted before you fill them or are they still frozen? I didn't notice but how many did the recipe make? Thanks, I have to bring in a dessert Monday for my job's annual potluck and am seriously thinking about these babies.
~ingrid

Laurie Constantino said...

These look unusual AND delicious!!

Mary said...

These look wonderfully flavorful and flaky. Belated anniversary greetings from Oregon. I hope you had a wonderful celebration.

teresa said...

oh these are lovely, and your pictures look fantastic!

girlichef said...

Oh, these sound so yummy. I love anything with Phyllo! I can't believe it's so cold there...bundle up!! And happy belated anniversary...that's a lot of years :)

Monica H said...

Those are too cute Coleen! Happy Anniversary to you and your sweetheart. Your husband is so lucky to have you!

Be My Chickadee said...

Brrrrr...that's too early to have it so cold, even for Wasilla. I hope that doesn't foretell a harsh winter for you. 39 years, congratulations you two. We are heading down to Nashville Thursday for an early Thanksgiving with the kids, spouses & grand daughters. These tarts would be a wonderful treat. Thanks for all of the work you put into bringing great recipes and techniques to all of us who follow you faithfully.

Kim said...

Happy Anniversary!! How proud you must be to be married 39 years. I think that is wonderful. 15 below zero is pretty darn cold!! These little tarts are so cute.

Katy ~ said...

I am swooning for this. Looks drool worthy. I like that they are are just a little different but so delicious.

Happy anniversary!!

Anonymous said...

Oh Happy Anniversary Coleen...how remarkable...39 years ! Am so happy for you....! These pretty tartlets are so cute Coleen...

Megan said...

Congrats on the 39 years. I will probably kill my hubby before we reach 39 years.It's only been 18 years for us.
I bought those little pastry cups to make these for Thanksgiving. Yours looks great! I cant wait to try them.