Pumpkin Brulee’ Tart

From Sunset Magazine

Use half of Pie Dough Recipe ( dough recipe listed seperately)

2 cups pumpkin puree’, homemade or canned
2 large eggs
3 large egg yolks
1 1/2 cups half-and-half
3/4 cup sugar, plus more for caramelizing top
3/4 Tsp. kosher salt
1 Tsp. each ground ginger and cloves
1 1/2 Tsp. ground cinnamon

1. Cut dough in half and shape piece into a rectangle. Roll each out on a lightly floured surface into a rectangle measuring about 7×16 inches.
2. Preheat oven to 375. Lay each dough rectangle over a 4×13 inch tart pan with removable bottom. Lift and lower dough into pan (pushing can cause cracking). Trim edges flush with rim of pan, using your thumb or a metal spatula.
3. Cut pieces of parchment paper to fit into tart shells with about 1 inch overhang on all sides. Fill shells with pie weights. Set pans on a rimmed baking sheet.
4. Bake until dough is starting to brown, 25-30 minutes. Let cool on sheet until only slightly warm, then carefully pour out pie weights and remove parchment.
5. Meanwhile, blend remaining ingredients (except sugar for caramelizing) in a large bowl. Pour custard mixture into prepared tart shells, dividing evenly.
6. Reduce heat to 325. Bake tarts until custard is set and is slightly puffed at edges, about 30 minutes. Cool 1 hour, then chill at least 2 hours and up to 2 days, covering with plastic wrap once cold.
7. Remove tarts from pans and set on a serving platter. Sprinkle tops of tarts generously with sugar. Pass flame of a blowtorch over tops until sugar melts and turns golden brown. Let sugar cool until hard, then cut each tart into pieces.

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4 thoughts on “Pumpkin Brulee’ Tart

  1. It is beautiful! Let alone the taste, this is really stunning. Did you get a torch specially for it? Did it make a nice little crust to contrast with the creamy pumpkin? I’ll bet those textures, plus the crust, added up to a serious winner. I’m thinking I might try this for Christmas.

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