A lighter, fresher take on a must-have Thanksgiving dessert
Pumpkin Tart

Pumpkin Tart

1 hour 40 minutes 40 minutes active

8 Servings

We love pumpkin pie, but we don’t love how dense and cloying it can be. We wanted a lighter, fresher take on this must-have Thanksgiving dessert. We started with our foolproof, fuss-free pie dough, which handles any amount of abuse or misuse during mixing and rolling. It’s made effortlessly in the food processor, and it can be prepped and frozen up to a month ahead. It was designed for blind baking and resists slumping and shrinking. For our filling, canned pumpkin puree was a great place to start, but we intensified the flavor by giving it a quick sauté with dark brown sugar. This simmers off excess moisture and lends caramel flavors to the mixture. Deglazing the pan with bourbon added a complexity we loved, but an equal amount of orange juice worked well, too. Crème fraîche gave the filling tang and richness that other dairy products couldn’t match.

Ingredients

For the tart:
  • 1
  • 1

    15-ounce can pumpkin puree

  • ¾

    cup packed (149 grams) dark brown sugar

  • ¼

    cup bourbon

  • 1

    cup crème fraîche

  • 3

    large eggs

  • ¼

    teaspoon kosher salt

For the honey-orange whipped cream:
  • cups heavy cream

  • 3

    tablespoons honey

  • ½

    teaspoon grated orange zest

Directions

  1. 01
    Heat the oven to 375°F with racks in the middle and lowest positions. On a well-floured counter, roll the dough into a 12-inch circle. Wrap the dough loosely around the rolling pin and transfer to a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Ease the dough into the pan, then trim the edges flush with the rim. Freeze for 15 minutes.
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  2. 02
    Line the chilled shell with foil and fill with pie weights, then place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake on the lowest rack until the edges are light golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. Remove the foil and weights, then bake until the bottom just begins to color, another 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and reduce to 325°F.
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  3. 03
    While the crust bakes, in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high, combine the pumpkin and sugar. Cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture is thickened, dark and leaves a film on the pan, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a 2-cup liquid measuring cup (the yield should be 1½ cups). Add the bourbon to the skillet, return to medium-high heat and stir, scraping up any browned bits; add to the pumpkin mixture.
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  4. 04
    In a food processor, combine the pumpkin-bourbon mixture and crème fraiche; process until smooth. Scrape down the bowl, add the eggs and salt, then process until smooth, about 1 minute. 
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  5. 05
    Pour the filling into the warm crust, smoothing the top. Bake on the baking sheet on the middle rack until the edges start to puff and crack and the center sets, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes. Remove the outer metal ring to serve warm or at room temperature.
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  6. 06
    In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the heavy cream, honey, and orange zest. Using the whisk attachment, mix on low until frothy, about 30 seconds. Scrape the bowl with a spatula to make sure the honey is incorporated. Mix on medium-high and whip until soft peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes.  Don’t use creamed, thick or crystallized honey for this recipe. In order for the cream and honey to properly mix, a thin, pourable honey is needed.
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Tip: Don’t use canned pumpkin pie filling for this recipe. Look for unsweetened canned pumpkin puree; the only ingredient listed should be pumpkin.

Pumpkin Tart

Get Ready to Cook

8

Servings

1 hour 40 minutes

40 minutes active

Tip

Don’t use canned pumpkin pie filling for this recipe. Look for unsweetened canned pumpkin puree; the only ingredient listed should be pumpkin.

Ingredients

For the tart:
  • 1
  • 1

    15-ounce can pumpkin puree

  • ¾

    cup packed (149 grams) dark brown sugar

  • ¼

    cup bourbon

  • 1

    cup crème fraîche

  • 3

    large eggs

  • ¼

    teaspoon kosher salt

For the honey-orange whipped cream:
  • cups heavy cream

  • 3

    tablespoons honey

  • ½

    teaspoon grated orange zest

Step 1 of 6

Roll out the Dough, Place in Pan

Heat the oven to 375°F with racks in the middle and lowest positions.


On a well-floured counter, roll the dough into a 12-inch circle. Wrap the dough loosely around the rolling pin and transfer to a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom.


Ease the dough into the pan, then trim the edges flush with the rim. Freeze for 15 minutes.

Step 2 of 6

Blind Bake the Dough

Line the chilled shell with foil and fill with pie weights, then place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake on the lowest rack until the edges are light golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through.


Remove the foil and weights, then bake until the bottom just begins to color, another 5 to 7 minutes.


Remove the pan from the oven and reduce to 325°F.

Step 3 of 6

Make the Pumpkin Filling

1
15-ounce can pumpkin puree
¾
cup packed (149 grams) dark brown sugar
¼
cup bourbon

While the crust bakes, in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high, combine the pumpkin and sugar. Cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture is thickened, dark and leaves a film on the pan, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a 2-cup liquid measuring cup (the yield should be 1½ cups).


Add the bourbon to the skillet, return to medium-high heat and stir, scraping up any browned bits; add to the pumpkin mixture.

Step 4 of 6

Finish Pumpkin Filling

1
1 cup crème fraîche
3
large eggs
¼
teaspoon kosher salt

In a food processor, combine the pumpkin-bourbon mixture and crème fraiche; process until smooth.


Scrape down the bowl, add the eggs and salt, then process until smooth, about 1 minute. 

Step 5 of 6

Bake

Pour the filling into the warm crust, smoothing the top. Bake on the baking sheet on the middle rack until the edges start to puff and crack and the center sets, 30 to 35 minutes.


Cool in the pan on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes. Remove the outer metal ring to serve warm or at room temperature.

Step 6 of 6

Make the Honey-Orange Whipped Cream

cups heavy cream
3
tablespoons honey
½
teaspoon grated orange zest

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the heavy cream, honey, and orange zest. Using the whisk attachment, mix on low until frothy, about 30 seconds. Scrape the bowl with a spatula to make sure the honey is incorporated.


Mix on medium-high and whip until soft peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes. 


Don’t use creamed, thick or crystallized honey for this recipe. In order for the cream and honey to properly mix, a thin, pourable honey is needed.

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