Pumpkin Tart or Pumpkin Pie?
It might sound crazy, but I like tarts more than pies. Just a slim little piece to finish a feast like Thanksgiving. Just enough. The filling for this tart is a combination of cream cheese and pumpkin puree, eggs, plus warm spices and vanilla. Pretty simple, and oh yes, wonderful.
For spices, I use cinnamon, clove and allspice. You can add ginger, nutmeg, mace or even try a blend or Chinese Five Spice. Tailor the recipe to your own tastes.
The tart needs just a little sweetness, so I started with maple syrup. then tasted the puree. It was good, but needed a little more sweetness. Not wanting to add more sugar, I turned to liquid stevia for that added boost. I use vanilla creme by Sweet Leaf, available online and at many grocers.
This is where you must taste and adjust for your own preference. We don’t like things super sweet, so this pumpkin tart is not, like many traditional pumpkin pies, sickeningly sweet.
Start by making an almond-coconut crust. Once the crust is ready to go (you can do this a day or two ahead), make the filling. To create the filling, simply puree all of the ingredients together in a food processor. Pour into the pre-baked almond-coconut crust and bake again, Cool, chill and serve.
For garnish, you can softly whip heavy cream with a little vanilla and stevia. For a tangier topping, try Green Valley Organics sour cream with the vanilla and stevia. It’s more like a French creme fraiche. Really nice and a bit different because of the tang. You can even whisk this together by hand.
Spiced Pumpkin Tart
- 1 pre-baked almond-coconut tart crust
- 1 15 ounce can (425 grams) pureed pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
- 1 8 ounce package cream cheese
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 pinches ground clove
- 2 pinches ground allspice
- 25-30 drops liquid stevia (I use vanilla creme)
- 1 cup (1/2 pint) heavy cream or sour cream (Green Valley Organics lactose -free if you can get it)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- drops of stevia (or a little maple or agave syrup)
- Pre-heat oven to 350° (177° C). Ready pre-baked almond-coconut tart crust, placing it on a rimmed baking sheet.
- In a food processor, puree all ingredients from pumpkin through stevia together in a food processor until smooth. Taste and add more spices or stevia if desired.
- Pour the pureed pumpkin filling into tart crust. Fill almost to the top but leave an edge of crust showing. You may have extra filling.
- Bake tart for approximately 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack for 1 hour, then cover and chill in the refrigerator for a few hours to completely set. Slice and serve..
- For garnish, whip cream or creme fraiche with vanilla and sweetener to soft peaks. Serve on the side.
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