Friday, April 15, 2011

Pumpkin pie tart and the best vanilla ice cream

I was so excited to try the next recipe on my list in the Modern Baker Challenge: pumpkin-pecan buttermilk tart...and I almost did. (Notice anything missing in the picture?)

This was such an easy recipe; I had a cup of pumpkin in the freezer, leftover from some pumpkin muffins this past fall, so I made 2/3 of the recipe. I mixed the defrosted pumpkin with eggs, sugar, salt, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, freshly grated nutmeg, and some buttermilk. I poured half of it into two mini tart pans and half into a mini-casserole dish.

And then I got into a conversation with my husband and distractedly put the three pans into the oven. It wasn't until ten minutes later, when we'd finished our conversation and I sat down to relax in the family room for a minute, that I realized that I completely forgot the pecan topping! Argh!!!

It's not that I'm not happy to make this recipe's a very delicious pumpkin pie...but there are so many good recipes in this section and I already feel like we've been eating way too many desserts lately. So I may just say that this recipe was yummy, and I'm guessing it would have been even better with the pecans, and hopefully I'll get around to trying it the right way some day.

I made a recipe of David Lebovitz's best vanilla ice cream from The Perfect Scoop (similar recipe here), and oh-my-goodness, we've never tasted a better vanilla ice cream. It was truly amazing, and the perfect accompaniment to my almost-pumpkin pecan buttermilk tart.


  1. I totally understand! Even a delicious recipe repeat feels difficult with so many delicious recipes waiting to be done. This is totally something I would do!! Can't wait to try them.

  2. It looks great, even without the topping. Ice cream looks wonderful as well. I can't tell you how many times we are twitter baking and have things in the oven when someone says, "Well, there's the melted butter still sitting on the counter," or "I completely forgot to add salt," or "the eggs are missing as I forgot to add them...." It happens. Often. To all of us. LOL.

  3. Pumpkin pie tart sounds weird to my German tastebuds. Don't even know where to get the right pumpkin!

  4. I need to make ice cream this weekend. =) I'm not a big fan of pumpkin pie, but this one looks interesting. I like how in a tart you get a higher ratio of crust to filling, just how I like it. And you know the kids would have just complained about the pecans anyway, right? =)