I can remember falling in love with pumpkin pie as a child when my grandmother would make the classic recipe and warm it up just enough so the dollop of whipped cream would skate on top of my piece of pie. It always baffled me why pumpkin pie was rarely seen outside of the Thanksgiving holiday as I place it at the top of my pie preferences. But in many ways, waiting a year to take a bite of the soft, luscious filling with a firm, crispy crust makes my appreciation soar even more when I have the opportunity to partake.
With that said, because I love pumpkin pie so much, I’ve had many slices. So this year I wanted to mix it up, add more flavor and a simply luxurious touch.
As TSLL Thanksgiving menu continues here on the blog (click here to see the first part of the menu), the dessert can be made a day or two or three in advance. And since I know many of TSLL readers are traveling or are hosting and have many other dishes to plan, I wanted to share the dessert portion of the recipe today.
Let’s talk about the simply luxurious component: the crust is only two ingredients and it adds a complementary ginger crunch to each bite as you savor the flavorful filling. Now, the filling is luscious indeed. Inspired by Williams-Sonoma’s recipe, I added three tablespoons of Maker’s Mark whisky (bourbon) and the rich depth of flavor is noticeable but not the alcoholic component.
But don’t forget the whipped cream. If you’re going to add whipped cream, you must add some flavor to it. Now you can just add cinnamon and no vanilla or rum, or any other combination of the flavor you prefer, but I added all three, and my palette was pleased that I did.
By choosing to make a tart rather than a pie, you speed up cooking time, and you actually have enough filling for two more mini tarts to perhaps keep at home so you know for sure you have some after you take your tart to the friends or family Thanksgiving.
Most importantly, you will savor each bite, not rushing, and not over eating because you will be satiated with one piece. I do hope you enjoy.
Ah, would you like a smaller tart? I often make tartlets, and if you do as well, cut the recipe below in half (you will still have oodles of filling, but just enough crust), bake for 17-20 minutes, and two tartlets filled with pumpkin and a cookie crumble crust will be yours to enjoy without too much excess.
Bourbon Pumpkin Tart with Ginger Snap crust and Cinnamon & Rum Whipped Cream
- 40 gingersnap cookies
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted
Bourbon Pumpkin Filling
- 2 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar firmly packed
- 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
- 2 whole eggs
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3 tablespoons bourbon (choose a top quality bourbon/whisky)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 vanilla bean split and seeds scraped, seeds reserved
Cinnamon & Rum Whipped Cream
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon dark rum
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
- Add the gingersnap cookies to a food processor and grind them until they are fine crumbs.
- Add the melted butter to the processor and process until moistened.
- Press the gingersnap crumb mixture firmly into the bottom and up the sides of a 9 inch tart pan (with a removable bottom).
- Place the tart pan on a baking sheet and bake for 8 – 10 minutes.
- Remove the tart crust from the oven and let cool to room temperature.
- Increase oven temperature to 375 degrees for the pie.
Bourbon Pumpkin Filling
- Oven should be preheated to 375 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, brown sugar and granulated sugar.
- Add the flour, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg and whisk until smooth.
- Add the eggs and egg yolks and whisk until combined.
- Add the cream, bourbon, lemon juice and vanilla bean seeds and whisk until smooth.
- Pour the filling into the cooled tart crust.
- Bake for 35 to 45 minutes. The tart is done when the middle moves slightly, but the outer part of the filling are quite stable.
- Place on a cooling rack while you make the whipped cream.
Cinnamon & Rum Whipped Cream
- With an electric mixer or by hand with a whisk, whisk the whipping cream (alone) until soft peaks form.
- Add the sugar, dark rum, vanilla and cinnamon and whisk until stiff peaks form.
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6 thoughts on “A Decadently Luscious Bourbon Pumpkin Tart”
I will be making this over Thabksgiving for the family get together that is being held at my home. It looks and sounds divine. I’m sure my family will love it, though I may have to double the recipie in order to feed everyone.
I do hope they all enjoy! The simplicity and immense flavor will keep it on the go-to list for years to come. 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!
This pie is in the oven right now! Must admit – I licked the beater, and the batter tastes divine. Looking forward to trying it. Thanks for a new take on a favorite, and keep up the great work on TSLL, a true favorite of mine.
So happy you liked the batter! 🙂 It is absolutely delicious. Enjoy and thank you for giving it a try.
I love your ceramic bowl with the pour spout! Is that linked somewhere? Thanks Shannon!!
I wish I could find one to share! I happened upon this while at a yard sale about two years ago. It caught my eye immediately. The closest thing I have found online is when i search for an earthenware batter bowl as the batter bowls have a pouring spout (they also have a handle). Search on Etsy as well as I often find the unique items that I would not found elsewhere.