Celebrate the season of fall with something different this Thanksgiving. This triple chocolate pumpkin tart has three layers of chocolate both white and dark infused with pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice in a homemade buttery shortcrust pastry.
Food processor - Add the flour, salt, and sugar to the food processor. Pulse for 30 seconds. Then, add the chilled cubed butter. Pulse for 30 seconds at a time until you have a breadcrumb consistency.By hand - Alternatively, you can do this by hand using a fork, pastry blender, or your fingertips to cut the butter into the flour until you reach breadcrumb consistency.
Combine egg yolk and ice water, add to the mixture, and combine well but do not over mix.Pro tip - The mixture will still be crumbly but when squished with your fingers it should form a dough.
Pour the crumbly mixture on a floured surface and gather it all into a ball. Flatten the ball into a disc and chill for 30 minutes.Pro tip - We need to chill just until it is firm enough to roll. This dough can be kept in the fridge for 2 days, thaw a few minutes before rolling.
When chilled, lightly roll on a floured surface to about ⅛ thickness.Pro tip - If the dough cracks too much around the edges it means it is too chilled. Leave it on the counter for 5 to 10 minutes until you are able to roll again smoothly.
Use your 9-inch tart pan as a guide to see how big you need to roll it. Also, make sure the pastry is not too thick otherwise there will be no space for your filling. Pro tip - If you live in a warm climate, roll the pasty over parchment paper and chill for 10 minutes before the next step.
Gently press the dough into the tart pan making sure to press down into the shape of the pan.Pro tip - This dough is delicate. So, if it breaks don't worry so much. Just patch it and do the best you can. It will be filled so no one will see the patches 😉.
Trim the excess dough at the edges with a rolling pin, or your thumb. Chill the tart shell for 15 to 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven at 375°F / 190°C / Gas Mark 5.
Prick the pastry all over with the tines of a fork to prevent the dough from puffing. Line crust with parchment paper and fill it with baking beans or pie weights.Pro tip - The best way to line the pie with parchment is to scrunch the paper into a ball, open it, and line with the crumpled paper.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the edges are lightly starting to brown. Remove the parchment paper and weights. Continue to bake the empty shell for 10 to 15 minutes more until lightly golden. Cool on a cooling rack until completely cold before you add any filling. Pro tip - This is a fully baked tart shell and can be used to add any filling once cooled completely. Do not remove from the pan until you have finished assembling.
Layer 1 - whipped pumpkin ganache
Heat the cream to an almost boil. Pour over the finely chopped white chocolate. Let stand for a minute then stir until smooth. Add the pumpkin puree and the pumpkin spice. Stir well and refrigerate until chilled (at least 4 hours)
When chilled whip the ganache with a whisk or electric mixer until light and fluffy. Spread it evenly in the fully baked and cooled shortcrust pastry base. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour or more until set.
Layer 2 - dark chocolate ganache
Heat the cream to an almost boil. Pour over the finely chopped dark chocolate. Let stand for a minute then stir until smooth. Pour in the tart over the set first layer. Chill until set an hour or more.
Layer 3 - white chocolate ganache
Heat the cream to an almost boil. Pour over the finely chopped dark chocolate. Let stand for a minute then stir until smooth. Pour in the tart over the chilled second layer (dark chocolate ganache layer). Chill again for at least two hours or more.
I used the stencil of a pumpkin and dusted it with cocoa powder. Carefully remove the stencil and voila! You have a stencil design of a pumpkin on top of your chocolate pumpkin tart.
Or you can just sprinkle some cocoa powder on the edges of the white chocolate surface for a quick finish.
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