Honey and Pine Nut Tart

1 10-inch fluted tart

Two types of honey lend this luscious tart its elusive taste: Intensely floral leatherwood honey, which could easily overwhelm the buttery shortbread-like crust and mild pine nuts, is tempered by mellow acacia honey.


For the Pasta Frolla

  • ¼ cup heavy cream

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 2 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface

  • ½ cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • 5 ounces (1 ¼ sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

For the Filling

  • ½ cup sugar

  • cup acacia honey

  • ¼ cup Tasmanian leatherwood honey

  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt

  • 6 ounces (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

  • ½ cup heavy cream

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • 1 ½ cups pine nuts (6 ounces)


  1. Make the pasta frolla: Whisk cream, egg, yolk, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Pulse flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder in a food processor to mix. Add butter, and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. With the machine running, add cream mixture, and process until dough just comes together. Shape dough into 2 disks, and wrap each in plastic. Refrigerate 1 disk until firm, about 1 hour; reserve remaining disk for another use. (Dough can be refrigerated for up to 2 days or frozen for up to 3 months; thaw before using.)

  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. On a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin, roll dough to 1/8-inch thickness. (If dough is soft and sticky, transfer to a baking sheet and freeze until firm but pliable, about 5 minutes.) Cut out a 12-inch round, and fit it into a fluted 10-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. (Patch any tears with scraps of dough.) Freeze while making the filling (or cover and freeze for up to 3 days).

  3. Make the filling: Bring sugar, honeys, and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan, whisking until sugar dissolves. Add butter, and whisk until incorporated. Transfer honey mixture to a medium bowl, and let cool for 30 minutes. Whisk in cream, egg, and yolk until incorporated.

  4. Place tart pan on a rimmed baking sheet. Scatter pine nuts over bottom. Slowly pour filling over pine nuts, redistributing pine nuts evenly with your fingers. Bake until crust is golden brown and center is set but still slightly wobbly, about 1 hour. Transfer tart to a wire rack, and let cool completely. Remove from pan, and serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

Store honey at room temperature for up to 2 years. If it no longer flows freely, place the bottle in warm water; the gentle heat will return the honey to a liquid state.

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