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.
~View more TSLL Dessert Recipes here.