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Derby Tarts



Tart Pastry

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons milk


  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Tart Pastry: Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; cut in butter and shortening with pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal.
  2. Sprinkle milk evenly over surface of mixture; stir with a fork just until dry ingredients are moistened. Shape dough into a ball; chill.
  3. Roll pastry to 1/8 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut with a 2-inch round cutter, and fit into miniature (1 3/4-inch) muffin pans.
  4. Filling: Soak pecans in bourbon.
  5. Combine sugar, corn syrup, eggs, and butter; mix until blended.
  6. Stir in morsels, coconut, vanilla extract, and bourbon-pecan mixture.
  7. Spoon mixture into pastry-lined muffin pans, filling three-fourths full.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden.

Yield: 3 dozen


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