Monday, December 13, 2010

Bourbon Pumpkin Tart with Streusal Topping

This is our new pumpkin pie recipe. It takes pumpkin pie to a whole new level. Serve with cinnnamon whipped cream for an even more decadant treat. It is super, duper delicious!

Tart Crust:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup (11 tablespoons) chilled unsalted butter
1 large egg, slightly beaten
1/4 cup chilled heavy whipping cream (more as needed)
Using a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix the flour, salt, and sugar on low speed for about 30 seconds. Cut the chilled butter into 1/2 inch pieces. Add the butter to the flour mixture and combine on low speed abuot 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, until the mixture looks crumbly, with bits of dough the size of peas.

Whisk the egg with the cream and add to the flour mixture, mixing on low speed until the dough is just combined. Continue mixing for 10 seconds longer. If the dough is too dry to form a ball, add more cream, 1 tablespoon at a time. Gently mold the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Roll the dough out to a 1/8 inch thickness on a generously floured flat surface. Fold it over the rolling pin and gently transfer the dough to a 10 inch tart pan. Press it lightly into place. It is now ready to for you to fill and bake it.

Pumpkin Filling:

1 (15-ounce) can pure pumpkin
3 large eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup bourbon (optional)
Streusel Topping:

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter

Line a 10-inch tart pan with the tart dough. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. To make the filling, spoon the pumpkin into a large bowl. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, the sugars, the salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and flour; whisk vigorously about 30 seconds. Whisk in the cream and bourbon.

To make the topping, combine the flour, both sugars, the cinnamon, and salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Cut the butter into small cubes and add to the flour mixture. Pulse 3-5 times, until the mixture is crumbly.

Pour the pumpkin mixture into the prepared tart crust. Spoon the streusel topping evenly over the pumpkin mixture. Don’t worry, it won’t fall to the bottom. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until the filling is set. Let the tart cool at least 1 hour before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Yield: 8-10 servings.

Cinnamon Whipped Cream

1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Just before serving, combine the cream, sugar, and cinnamon. Whip until a soft peak forms.

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