I got the idea of a making a pumpkin tart from another blog that I follow, Butter Yum. Patricia has incredible recipes. At Halloween, she had made an amazing pumpkin tart that she decorated like a spider web. I borrowed her very easy gingersnap pie crust suggestion for this recipe and used my own pumpkin pie filling. ( her blog is not gluten free)
If you don't like chocolate on your pumpkin tart, don't go away. I also have a ginger-pecan pumpkin tart variation . Whether you choose to make the chocolate chip pumpkin tart or the ginger pecan pumpkin tart variation that follows, you are sure to enjoy them and they are very easy to make as well.
|Small sugar pumpkins; good for baking|
Fresh pumpkin can be cooked the same as any winter squash. For best results it should be baked or steamed.
To Steam: Cut pumpkin in half then remove seeds and pulp. Cut into quarters and peel. Place in steamer over boiling water, cover and steam for about 45 minutes until soft. Mash or puree in a food processor.
To Bake: Cut pumpkin in half. Remove seeds and pulp. Place halves face down on baking sheet for about an hour. Scrape from shell and mash.
Pumpkin's health benefits
Pumpkin is rich in beta-carotene, Vitamin C, and Vitamin A and even contains some iron.
In addition, pumpkin contains a significant amount of fiber, which is essential for a healthy diet.
1/2 cup mashed pumpkin has 5 grams of fiber. A slice of whole wheat bread may only provide 2 grams of fiber.
Just like carrots, pumpkin is good for the eyes and provides the health protecting antioxidants, lutein and beta crptoxanthin known to be helpful for age related cataracts and macular degeneration.
Pumpkin is also a good source of potassium which is essential for healthy nerves and muscles and helps keep blood pressure stable.
So, with all the nutritional benefits, its worth giving pumpkin a try. Use small variety types of pumpkin for a sweetest flavor.
Make this tart in a 10 inch spring form pan
Choose from Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Tart or Ginger Pecan Pumpkin Tart
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Tart
Ingredients for tart crust
2 cups of gluten free ginger snaps made into cookie crumbs in food processor ( Midel brand at health food store and many supermarkets in the gluten free section)
1/2-3/4 cup melted butter ( or use coconut oil )
Directions for tart crust
Mix melted butter and cookie crumbs together until all crumbs are wet.
Pat into a pie pan and bake for 8-10 minutes remove and allow to cool on wire rack for at least 1/2 hr.
Pour pumpkin mixture into pie crust and bake at 350 for for 45 minutes
Cool on a rack .
Ingredients for pie filling
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups steamed mashed pumpkin, pureed in blender ( or 2 cups canned no sugar added pumpkin puree)
1/4 cup maple syrup ( Grade B is richest in vitamins and minerals)
1/2 cup vanilla coconut milk ( or vanilla rice milk or any milk)
1/3 cup organic low fat half and half
1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp corn starch
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 tsp allspice
(Or just use 2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon, ginger, allspice)
First make the very simple gluten free gingersnap tart crust recipe, Bake for 8-10 minutes and set aside to cool.
Mix together dry ingredients and in a separate bowl mix together wet ingredients. Slowly beat wet ingredients into dry until well blended. Pour into cooled pie crust.
Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Allow to cool on rack.
Mix 1/4 cup chopped crystallized ginger and 1/4 cup chopped pecans. Sprinkle over top of pie and add a dollop of whipped cream when serving.
Step by Step Picture Directions
Assemble ingredients and make cookie crumbs in the food processor
|Put Ginger Snaps In Processor and Pulsate Until It turn to crumbs and stop|
|Cookie Crumbs- Mix cookie crumbs with melted butter it will look wetter than this|
|Pat Cookie Crumb and Butter Mixture Into A 10 inch Spring Form Pan and Bake for 8- 10 minutes and set aside|
|Mix Ingredients for Pie Filling|
Variation: Ginger Pecan Pumpkin Tart
You can make two very slight changes and create an entirely different pumpkin tart.
Follow exactly the same directions as for the chocolate chip pumpkin tart except; take out the chocolate chips and
Make make a mixture of 1/2 cup chopped pecans and 1/4 cup candied ginger
After tart is cooled Sprinkle with ginger and pecan mixture
The ginger and pecan give this pumpkin tart an interesting taste