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Pumpkin Brulee Tart #PumpkinWeek

Move over, classic pumpkin pie! Pumpkin brulee tart has a custard-like spiced pumpkin filling baked in a dark chocolate tart shell with a bruleed sugar topping.

Move over, classic pumpkin pie! Pumpkin brulee tart has a spiced pumpkin custard filling baked in a dark chocolate tart shell with a bruleed sugar topping. #PumpkinWeek

Welcome to Day 1 of #PumpkinWeek, hosted by Terri of Love and Confections! After you check out my pumpkin brulee tart, don't forget to scroll down to the bottom of the post for links to more pumpkin-filled recipes by other bloggers.

#PumpkinWeek 2016

Pumpkin pie is a classic American dessert. Almost everyone loves the warmly-spiced custard-like filling, with the buttery, flaky crust, served with a dollop of sweet whipped cream. It's a Thanksgiving staple.

Some people like to see the classics on the table year after year. Personally, I like to change things up each year. This pumpkin brulee tart is familiar while being just a little bit different.

Move over, classic pumpkin pie! Pumpkin brulee tart has a spiced pumpkin custard filling baked in a dark chocolate tart shell with a bruleed sugar topping. #PumpkinWeek

Pumpkin brulee tart combines the delicious silky custard and crunchy burnt sugar of creme brulee and the ease of a tart. No special creme brulee dishes or water bath required! This recipe does bake in a tart pan with a removeable bottom, but if you bake tarts or quiches at all, it's a helpful pan to have.

It starts with a dark chocolate tart crust. If you can't find dark cocoa powder, regular is fine, it just won't have as intense a chocolate flavor. Be sure to prick your tart shell all over with the tines of a fork to prevent it from bubbling up during baking. It will puff up a bit even when docked, but will be fall back down when cooled.

Move over, classic pumpkin pie! Pumpkin brulee tart has a spiced pumpkin custard filling baked in a dark chocolate tart shell with a bruleed sugar topping. #PumpkinWeek

After the tart is completely baked, place the tart pan on top of a sturdy can. The can supports the bottom of the pan while the sides fall to the table, making it easier to slice the tart. The fluted sides make for a pretty presentation.

I highly recommend having a kitchen torch for bruleeing the top. I've never had success with bruleeing this tart or creme brulee under the broiler, as I've seen recommended elsewhere. The torch is also handy for melting the cheese onto French onion soup, toasting bread or meringue, or even searing meat! (I don't, however, recommend the style seen in the picture below — I used my fiance's hardware butane torch, which is smaller than a kitchen torch, and it took FOREVER to brulee the tart!)

Move over, classic pumpkin pie! Pumpkin brulee tart has a spiced pumpkin custard filling baked in a dark chocolate tart shell with a bruleed sugar topping. #PumpkinWeek

The directions say to bake for 20 to 40 minutes. Yes, that is a much wider range than you'll see in most other recipes, but the baking time depends on the thickness of your crust, and the temperature of your oven. Just let it keep going until the edges are puffed and the center just barely jiggles when you gently shake the pan.

It is essential that your baked tart is thoroughly chilled before bruleeing. If it's not cold enough, the sugar you sprinkle on to brulee will simply be absorbed into the custard filling. Don't rush this tart! Make it a day ahead of when you plan to serve it, and let it chill overnight.

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Move over, classic pumpkin pie! Pumpkin brulee tart has a spiced pumpkin custard filling baked in a dark chocolate tart shell with a bruleed sugar topping. #PumpkinWeek

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Adapted from Martha Stewart and Food Network

Move over, classic pumpkin pie! Pumpkin brulee tart has a spiced pumpkin custard filling baked in a dark chocolate tart shell with a bruleed sugar topping. #PumpkinWeek

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