Pumpkin Streusel Tart

For streusel:
  • 3/4 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced, cold
For Pie:
  • pastry for one 9″ pie
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree, preferably fresh (cut pumpkin in half, roast on baking sheet cut-side down until tender, then scoop and puree flesh)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup Grade B maple syrup
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • Maple Whipped Cream (recipe follows), for serving

Directions

For the streusel: Toss the pecans with the brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Add the butter, and using a pastry blender or your fingertips, work in until you have small clumps. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Sprinkle flour generously over a hard surface and roll the dough out with a rolling pin until it forms an 11-inch round. Fold the round in half, place it in a 9-inch pie plate, and then unfold the dough to completely cover the pie plate with a bit of an overhang. Tuck the overhang under to make a double-thick rim, and then use your fingers to crimp the edges of the pie shell. Brush the heavy cream over the crimped edges, and refrigerate until the filling is complete.

To make the filling, mix the pumpkin, flour, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt together with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl well. Add the heavy cream and maple syrup, scraping the bowl several times while mixing. Mix in the beaten eggs.

Pour the filling mixture into the pie shell, and bake for 15 minutes. Then lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees F and bake until the filling is almost firm, about 30 minutes. Remove the pie from the oven and sprinkle the pecan streusel over the top, covering the pie completely. Return the pie to the oven and bake until the filling is just a bit wobbly in the middle and the pecan streusel is golden, 10 to 15 minutes. The total baking time should be 55 to 60 minutes.

Cool the pie on a wire rack. The pie is best served at either at room temperature or cold. Before serving,garnish the pie with the Maple Whipped Cream.

Maple Whipped Cream

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Grade B maple syrup, or to taste

Place the metal bowl of an electric mixer in the freezer to chill for at least 15 minutes.

Combine the cream, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla in the chilled bowl, and beat on high speed until the mixture thickens. Add the maple syrup and beat on high speed until the cream holds firm peaks.

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