A few weeks ago i wanted to make new pumpkin dessert that was not pumpkin pie. I came across this No-Bake Chocolate Bottom Pumpkin Pie and i knew i had to make it. It is very simple, and it comes out of the Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook. I never thought i would make a Harry Potter recipes but this tart was awesome. And the crust was amazing, i have since used the crust for many other tarts. It is now my favorite tart crust.
Since the holiday season is upon I want to share a few Do’s and Don’ts. Last year i wrote about 101 Party Do’s and Don’ts! It is a great list and fun to read! But out of those here are my 5 tops ones that i swear by.
1. Make Clean-Up Simpler – Always start with an empty dishwasher.
2. Set Up a DIY Cocktail Bar – Let guests make their own cocktails. Have a few favorite recipes on cards, and all the ingredients on hand. People mix and shake and think it’s super-fun.
3. Equip the Powder Room Appropriately – Put individual guest napkins in the powder
4. Prep Ahead – Get everything ready the day before.
5. Make Dessert – Serve an amazing dessert. Even the worst main course will be forgotten if it’s followed by a spectacular dessert. Extra points for making it yourself.
The tip of preparing the night before as much as you can and always start with a clean dishwasher are two of the best tips ever! What are some of your tips for the holiday season?
No-Bake Chocolate Bottom Pumpkin Tart
Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 30 minutes
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 tsp salt
3 tbsp sugar
3/4 stick (6 tbsp) cold butter, cut into pieces
1 large egg yolk
2 tbsp heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup heavy cream
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin pur’e, not pumpkin pie filling
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground allspice
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 large eggs
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted, for drizzling, if desired
To make the dough, place the flour, salt and sugar in the bowl of a food processor and pulse a few times to combine. Scatter the butter pieces over the flour and pulse about 15 times until the mixture resembles coarse, yellow meal. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl.
Whisk together the egg yolk, cream and vanilla and pour over the flour mixture. Toss with a rubber spatula until the dough begins to stick together. Knead very briefly to form a cohesive mass and form into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 hours or up to 3 days.
Preheat the oven to 425°F. On a generously floured surface, roll out the disk (make sure you flour the top of the disk as well) to an 11-inch circle. Tart dough is hard to roll out, but this is a very forgiving dough. Simply gather up the torn dough, re-flour the work surface, briefly knead the dough into a ball, and roll it out again. Fit the dough into a 9-inch tart pan. If the dough breaks, you can patch it by gluing extra scraps with a bit of water. Prick the bottom of the shell with a fork, line with aluminum foil and fill with beans or pie weights. Bake for 20 minutes or until the dough is dry and set. Remove the foil and weights, reduce the heat to 350°F, and bake another 7 to 10 minutes until the crust is golden brown. Remove from the oven to cool.
To make the chocolate bottom, place the cream and chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 2 minutes, stopping to stir every 30 seconds. Stir until smooth and pour into the bottom of the tart shell. Cool until set.
To make the filling, combine the pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, and heavy cream in a medium saucepan and cook, stirring frequently, until hot but not bubbling. Whisk the eggs with the cornstarch and add to the pan. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until thickened and bubbling. Remove from the heat. Cool to room temperature.
Pour the cooled filling into the tart shell and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. If desired, drizzle melted chocolate on top. Refrigerate until firm.
Adapted from: Babble.com
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