The requirement of last week’s gourmet club meeting was to cook with five ingredients or fewer. Although I ultimately settled on another recipe for the dinner party, this Ginger Pumpkin Tart from Claire Robinson is super easy and very seasonally appropriate.
To make the crust, I ground two 5.25-ounce packages of Anna’s Ginger Thins in my food processor to yield 2 1/2 cups of crumbs. (I think any gingersnap-type cookie will do.) I combined the crumbs with 6 tablespoons of melted butter, transferred the mixture to my 9-inch removable-bottom tart pan, and pressed the crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of the pan with the bottom of a clean measuring cup. I put the tart pan on a rimmed baking sheet and baked the crust at 350°F until it darkened a bit (11 minutes). Next, I set it aside to cool. (Make sure it gets reasonably close to room temperature before adding the filling; stick it in the refrigerator if you want to speed this up.)
For the filling, I whisked together one 15-ounce can of pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie filling!), 3/4 cup of sweetened condensed milk, 2 large egg yolks, and a pinch of salt (salt, pepper, and water are considered “freebie” ingredients) in a medium bowl. I poured the filling into the cooled crust, returned the pan to the oven (still on a rimmed baking sheet, still at 350°F), and baked the tart until it was set (30 minutes). I removed the tart from the oven, cooled it to room temperature, and then chilled it for several hours in the refrigerator before serving.
For being so simple, this is pretty darn tasty. It’s essentially like eating pumpkin pie, except with a ginger cookie crust. Like any good pumpkin dessert, though, it really isn’t complete without a bit of sweetened whipped cream… I know this takes the recipe over the five-ingredient limit, but it’s essential.
Want to try something a bit more gourmet with homemade pumpkin purée and chocolate? Check out last year’s Chocolate-Pumpkin Tart post.
TIPS: Apparently, the canned pumpkin supply is back to good after last year’s shortage. Yay! Also, the one “mistake” I made with this recipe was to push too much of the crust up the sides instead of leaving more on the bottom. That thick crust looks absolutely gorgeous, but it was pretty difficult to cut once I got to the edge. Sticking a fork through it? Impossible. We had to pick up the crust and eat it like a cookie. (Still delicious!) Next time, I’ll even things out a bit.
Recipe link: Ginger Pumpkin Tart