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Pumpkin Tart with Spider Web Topping

Patricia Reitz

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Pumpkin Tart with Spider Web Design - ButterYum

Before we talk Tart, I'd like to thank Kathia from Pink Little Cake for asking me to participate in her 28 Days of Sweet Halloween Ideas - I'm thrilled to be included among the ranks of some truly amazing and incredibly talented guest bloggers!!  Kathia has a wonderful blog full of amazing cake creations - I highly recommend you check it out!

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This Pumpkin Tart is super simple to make - even for beginners.  The original recipe did not include the spider web design on top, but I thought it would be a nice touch for this celebration.  The web design is fun to do, so let your hair down and go for it!

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Enjoy!!!

Pumpkin Tart with optional Spider Web Topping

serves 8-10

Printable Recipe

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups ginger snap cookie crumbs
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted

Filling:

  • 15 ounces canned 100% pure pumpkin (or equal amount of fresh cooked, pureed pumpkin)
  • 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 egg yolks

Topping:

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • chocolate syrup (like Hershey's)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F, and have a 10-inch tart pan with removable bottom placed on a sheet pan or cookie sheet. 
  2. Combine the ginger snap cookie crumbs and melted butter together until the mixture resembles wet sand and press into a 10-inch tart pan with removable bottom.
  3. Bake at 350F oven for 10 minutes; cool.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine the filling ingredients together and pour into cooled crust, using an offset spatula to spread into an even layer.
  5. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes; remove from oven and cool completely.
  6. While the tart is cooling, whisk together the sour cream and sugar

To make the filling:  

Combine the filling ingredients together in a medium bowl; whisk to combine completely and pour into cooled crust.  Use an offset spatula to spread the filling into an even layer.  Bake at 350F for 30 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool for an hour.  Pour sour cream/sugar mixture on top of pumpkin layer; spread evenly.  Draw several concentric circles of chocolate syrup on top of the sour cream topping, ending with a dot of syrup in the center of the tart.  Make the spider web design by pulling a toothpick from the center dot of chocolate syrup out towards the crust; repeating until the web is complete. Chill until serving.  To serve, remove the sides of the tart pan and place tart on cake plate.  For professional looking slices, clean the knife between each cut.

Note:  To make your own pumpkin puree, cut a small sugar pumpkin in half, scoop out the seeds, place cut side down on a sheet pan and roast in a 350F oven for about an hour, or until the flesh is buttery soft.  Cool, scoop out flesh and puree in a food mill or food processor. 

  1. Make the topping by whisking the sour cream and sugar together; set aside until needed.

Happy Halloween!!

Oh, here are a couple of past Halloween/Autumn themed posts you might like:

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Brownie Frownies

- ButterYum

Cute little guys, aren't they?  This is a fun dessert for the kids - they're nothing more than a moist cake-like brownie baked in a mini muffin pan.  A chopstick was used to make the eye and mouth holes before I sprinkled them with confectioner's sugar.  Fun.

Pure Pumpkin Cheesecake ButterYum
Pure Pumpkin Cheesecake ButterYum

Pumpkin Cheesecake

- ButterYum

For a more elegant dessert, try this wonderful Pumpkin Cheesecake - click on the link for the recipe.