National Pastry Day

Are we ready for the holidays? With celebrations right around the corner, what better timing than now to celebrate national pastry day! As our calendar fills up this month with holiday parties, it’s time to get prepared for all the sweets coming your way. To help celebrate this day, I’m bringing you pecan tarts, golden brown and delicious, this common pastry item is easy to make and guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser at the New Year’s party this year.  If you’re feeling adventurous give this recipe a try, and If not there’s plenty of other easy pastries to whip up. Whatever you do, be sure to celebrate with your friends, family or coworkers and enjoy everything pastry’s have to offer today!


YIELD: 48 tarts UNITS: US


1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1⁄3 cup melted butter
1⁄3 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1⁄4 cups chopped pecans
1 uncooked pie shells (I use the frozen ones) or 48 miniature tart shells


Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and pour into pie shell.
Or if you are choosing to make tarts, fill tarts shells to the top.
Bake at 350 degrees 45 to 50 minutes for the pie and 18 to 20 minutes for the tarts.
Test with a toothpick, if it comes out dry, the pie/tarts are done.

So, if you love pastries your day is about to get a little bit more delicious. Of course, there are many other pastry options, like pies, quiches and pasties to name a few. If you don’t have time today to make your own pastry, run to your local bakery and grab your favorite pastry in honor of this holiday.  If you live around Chicago or in the city, here are my top picks!

  1. Pan Hellenic Pastry Shop- stop over in Greektown and grab yourself a Baklava, I promise it will not disappoint.
  2. Sweet Mandy B’s- A Lincoln Park staple, this place is not only whimsical but has a wide selection of desserts from your classic cookies and rice crispiest, to almond-y gateau Basques!
  3. Goddess and the Baker- In the mood for a rainbow cake? Well, this place has it! To go along with your coffee though, I recommend adding one of their many pastry selections! I promise you’ll be coming back here for more.
  4. Delightful Pastries-When you find yourself in the Jefferson Park area, this European shop offers kolacky’s to many other traditional polish pastries (and year-round!)

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