Drunken Pumpkin Bourbon Tart With Mascarpone Cream

Monday, November 22, 2010

Bourbon Pumpkin Pie

Holidays really have a tendency to make us marvel at the time gone by year after year don't they? We shake our heads in denial and wonder how can time fly by this fast. Right now I am grinning as I look at the calendar, thinking that I've done a lot and yippee there is way more to do! There are things I'll happily leave behind when the new year rolls in but overall I am saying out loud "Yes! Let's do this again and often please!" That's worth a good slice of pie and glass of milk.

Pumpkin

Like most of you celebrating Thanksgiving, the week is going to be a bit of whirlwind at the house. Some of you travel to be with your family, some of you host the traditional dinner, some of you try your best to avoid the madness of it all, stores and crowds. Some of us still have to work and meet deadlines in the middle of it. That's the holidays indeed.

Bourbon Pumpkin Pie

This year we decided to break the routine and decided that since Christmas was already planned to happen here with B's family, we could make ourselves scarce and gather some of our favorite people around a table full of good food, good cheers and good talks. If I had one word for the driving force behind this past year for us, it would be "friends" and I am thankful for the ones coming to stay with us this week.

Mascarpone Whipped Cream

One thing I have learned to bake for Thanksgiving in B's family was pumpkin pie. And sweet potato pie. And pecan pie. And...well that's plenty to give you an idea that pumpkin pie was not something I grew up eating or making. I have to admit that up until a few weeks ago I liked it "fine" or "ok". Yes, I am definitely a pecan pie kind of girl. So what changed?

Bourbon Pumpkin Pie

Well. The great thing about photographing cookbooks is the amount of recipes I get to cook and style before anyone else. Like a secret mission. No matter how complicated, long, short, easy...from just ok to outstandingly delicious. There is a bit of a void when a shoot wraps up and I know that once the files are processed and sent off, well the baby is not mine anymore. It grows in the hands of a team of people putting the author's words together with my images. A part of me does not want it to end.

You can imagine that after finishing Holly Herrick's cookbook shoot a few weeks ago, I was thrilled to hear that her publisher wanted her to post a few recipes on her blog already. Teasers if you want until next Fall that the book comes out. A nice little way to hang on to the fun I had shooting a little longer. I am glad Holly started with the Drunken Pumpkin Bourbon Tart as you can see in the sliced shot which will be in her book. A little sneak peek and a great recipe. Right on time for Thanskgiving.

Bourbon Pumpkin Pie

I am insanely thankful for all the things I got the chance to photograph and write this year. I am grateful for the opportunities to photograph, co-author and author myself in the year to come. I could never have done it without your support and faith in reading the words on this page. Week after week. Thank you guys for all that you have given me. I hope that I gave it back tenfold and more and will work my hardest to keep doing so.

You are the best! Happy Thanksgiving!

Big congratulations to Audrey Han for winning a copy of Gluten Free Girl and The Chef! Send me your address at mytartelette {at} gmail {dot} com and I'll pass it on.


Here is the link to Holly's blog for the Drunken Pumpkin Bourbon Tart to check out the recipe and her notes about it.

I used eight 4-inch tart pans instead and baked them at the same temperature for about 15 minutes.

I topped mine with a little mascarpone cream:
4 oz mascarpone at room temperature
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped to soft peaks

In a medium bowl, whisk together the mascarpone and honey. Carefully fold in the whipped cream. Spread as little or as much as you wish on top of the baked tart.



For the option of a gluten free crust, check here for a few options.

57 comments:

Esme said...

This tart looks perfect for Thanksgiving-I always put a splash of bourbon in the pie.

Amber said...

I love pumpkin - my regular snack of choice.Bourbon in the pie -mmmmmmmm...
This tart is delicious!

LimeCake said...

pumpkin and bourbon sound delicious together! i really love the deep orange of this tart

Kathryn said...

although it appeals to me.. i have never had pumpkin pie, this may just be the recipe that will change that!

julia said...

beautiful!!!!!!!!!!

About Holly Herrick said...

Helene - This is a beautiful post. I love the pumpkin in tartlet form topped w mascarpone and pine nuts, too. Have a beautiful Thanksgiving. You have earned all that you have to be thankful for. Here's to a lovely 2011! Thanks for your beautiful work.

linda said...

wishing you a wonderful thanksgiving & we are thankful for your beautiful posts.

Elisabet Figueras said...

I wish you a happy Thanksgiving. Now I am living in Barcelona and I will miss this holiday. The tarts are gorgeous!

Angharad said...

I love your photos so much! They give me huge inspiration for my own photography and I'm really thankful for that! Happy thanksgiving.

ABowlOfMush said...

So beautiful!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Nina Timm said...

I like the name "Drunken Pumpkin Bourboun Tart!!" Sounds too good to eat!

elizabeyta said...

I have been craving pumpkin pie since September. This is a must try!

El said...

Congratulations Helene. I'm so glad things worked out for you this year. You worked really hard to make it happen and deserve all the best. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Bill. Relax and Enjoy!

Retro Sweets Hampers said...

Nice recipe! Bourbon and pumpkin? First time to know such combo. The mascarpone makes it even better. Love the stuff!

The InTolerant Chef said...

How delicious! What a lovely combination, and the marscarpone is the perfect finishing touch. Yumm...

Chef Basket said...

Thanks for this drunken pumpkin bourbon tart with mascarpone cream. I think it could make a great addition to the Thanksgiving table.

Global Butterfly said...

Yum, looks super delish!!! :)

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Scarletta @ Scarletta Bakes said...

Lovely. Such a nice alternative to the conventional pumpkin pie. I even like the name of the dish - it conjures up images of a drunken pumpkin stumbling around the house.

Thanks so much for the wonderful idea for a tasty Thanksgiving dessert!

Ana Rita said...

Just beautifull!
Here in Portugal we don't have Thanksgiving but i would surelly try it in one regular day. No escuses...

Kisses,

Rita

Follow my blog: http://bembons.blogspot.com

i'm a follower of yours... :)

Fragolina said...

I love your photos, they are so warm, so natural so beautiful..

Amelia PS said...

pumpkin, plus bourbon, plus giving thanks...not necessarily in that order...a perfect thanksgiving!!! BTW, I am thankful for you and your blog :)

Medifast Coupons said...

Your drunken tartlettes look really good. Love the recipe, thanks for sharing.

Carolyn Jung said...

"Drunken,'' "bourbon,'' and "mascarpone''? My three favorite words in the foodie dictionary! ;)

Sally - My Custard Pie said...

Bourbon is a fabulous ingredient to cook with - it adds a smokey vanilla taste. I love it and have just got to try your beautiful tart.

jodye @ 'scend food said...

These tarts are gorgeous! The mascarpone on top looks so perfect!

Miriam Leigh said...

I love toasted pumpkin seeds in a dessert -- such an earthy crunch to round out the sweetness. This looks fabulous!

Gen said...

Hum ├ža a l'air exquis!

Sneh Roy said...

This is so so picture perfect!

Imwaytoobusy said...

Cute post :) Your mascarpone cream sounds heavenly!

Arfi Binsted said...

I have pre-ordered your upcoming book, Helene. So excited to get it once it is published (around February in New Zealand it is available they say). I am on the way of writing food photography myself with two friends of mine, started months ago, and hopefully will be published some time next year, but it is only published in Indonesia.

Regarding to White Lily flour, is it a flour that is starched from lilies? I haven't heard of it. Here, we only use gluten-free flour, a mixed of rice flour, potato starch, and cornflour.

Helene said...

Arfi: the manuscript is due in February so the book won''t be out in February. Even in NZ :)
White Lilly is just the name of the brand - it's a very fine all-purpose flour that is found in the Southern US. You can substitute your own gluten free flours.

The Simply Luxurious Life said...

A great thank you to Sacramento Street for mentioning your blog. I love your concept and will be adding you to my lovely blogs list and can't wait to try this recipe. It looks delicious. Have a lovely Thanksgiving! :)

hparcher said...

Yet another mouthwatering dessert. I have been lurking on your site for about a year now.... and I was wondering, what do you use for your gluten-free pie crust? Is it pretty much the same as what you would use for a tart or somewhat modified? Just curious since you don't have a single pie recipe on your site, yet you speak of them... would love to know!

Helene said...

hparcher: if you read the title where it reads "tart" and refer to pie, I am assuming you know the names are pretty much interchangeable. Which really puzzles me as there have been over 30 recipes for tarts/pies posted on this site but I went ahead and selected a few for you for gluten free crust on top of the link I included in the notes about the recipe:
Chocolate Caramel Tart.
Raspberry Lemon Tart.
Swiss Chard Goat Cheese Tart.
Savory Greens Tart.
Peach Blueberry Galettes.
Thin Crust Pear Tart.
Chocolate Truffle Tarts.

I think that gives you several good options to try.

Alice Olive said...

Wonderful photography!

Kirsten said...

Your photos make my mouth water! This looks amazing....and the fresh whipped cream is the perfect topper! ~Kirsten

PS Just posted a recipe for my fave honey lavender cookies..would love for you to check it out! http://triplemaxtons.blogspot.com/2010/11/recipe-honey-lavender-sugar-cookies.html

Liz said...

Love your site! In fact, I love it so much I wrote about it on my blog today; check it out if you have a chance!

http://liz-inmybestdressfearless.blogspot.com/2010/11/secret-id-like-to-share.html

les 2 gourmands said...

humm yummy yum yum, they're so beautiful and look delicious !!

Delishhh said...

Wow - i just love your site, awesome pictures. Anyways i love holiday baking as well. I just wish i had more people to serve too. Also since I am Swedish we make a lot of candy.

Intensely Flavored said...

Looks delicious!
Beautiful site and incredible photography!

marla@familyfreshcooking.com said...

Gosh, you sure do inspire more than words could ever speak. You have a true gift of sharing beauty through the camera lens & your words. You blog is an ongoing inspiration to me & I wish to sample each & every one of your edible creations some day :) xo

marla@familyfreshcooking.com said...

Gosh, you sure do inspire more than words could ever speak. You have a true gift of sharing beauty through the camera lens & your words. You blog is an ongoing inspiration to me & I wish to sample each & every one of your edible creations some day :) xo

sanju said...

Love your tart. Very nice photos as usual

Heidi - Apples Under My Bed said...

What a gorgeous looking pie. And I love your adaptation into little tarts with mascarpone. Well done on what will no doubt be a fabulous, beautifully photographed book!
Heidi xo

Amanda said...

The pie looks decadent! Perfect for Christmas. Beautiful photos as well.

anolio said...

I love your site! I can't wait to make this... Thanks!

Fotograf Lublin said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!!!

Guy said...

I always put the bourbon in me, but I do have enough to share...pumpkin and bourbon sounds like a winning combination!

Kitchen Couture said...

What a fun twist on pumpkin pie. I also made a pumpkin tart for Thanksgiving (http://kitchencouture.tumblr.com/post/1672955105/thanksgiving-prep-pumpkin-tart), but I think the marscapone cheese sounds like the perfect add-on. Thanks for sharing!

SCARLETT said...

I'm going to try this one out-my first Pumpkin pie over here in England! many thanks!

Joy said...

That looks wonderful.

Bojana said...

I made the pie, using cognac instead of bourbon and it tasted divine!

Sara said...

Hi,
I made this pie for Thanksgiving day but was very salty. I made it again with 1tsp instead of a 1tbsp and was wonderful.
I love your blog!

Sara

Helene said...

Sara: yes, I would too as the recipe on Holly's site lists 1 teaspoon salt and not 1 tablespoon.

Sara said...

Thank you,
She must have changed the recipe because the copy I printed on Wednesday used a tbsp.

Sara

Helene said...

Sara: yes, looks like from reading the comments that she had made a typo and fixed it. Not many people would have done it a second time so I am sure she feels terrible and grateful for your dedication.
Good thing the manuscript recipe does not contain such a typo or my husband would have made a bitter face too!

Taylor Sterling said...

Looks so incredible! WOW!! I want that for Xmas!

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