A pumpkin pie for those underwhelmed by traditional pumpkin pie (that’s me)— a tart lined with a gingersnap cookie crust, filled with creamy pumpkin and spices, and topped with a dark chocolate ganache.
I thought I hated pumpkin pie for the longest time, until I realized that I loved it completely smothered with whipped cream, or blended up into a milkshake. It’s a little too plain by itself for my tastes. But covered with chocolate? I’ll take two slices, please.
Make that three.
I know that pumpkin pie is a given at Thanksgiving, but why not switch it up this year? I promise this pie will get devoured.
The filling is pretty standard, so if you have a pumpkin pie recipe you prefer, go ahead and use it here. Also, I baked this pie in a tart pan for a prettier presentation, but you can easily use a pie dish if you’d like.
Even little John fell in love with this pie. Just as I was enjoying a post-photo shoot slice, he squirmed his way onto my lap, stole my fork, and went to town.
But who wouldn’t share their pie with this sweet little face?
- 1¼ cup (205 grams, about 20-22 cookies) gingersnaps
- ⅓ cup (75 grams) unsalted butter, melted
- ¼ cup (50 grams) sugar
- 1 15 ounce can (425 grams) pumpkin puree
- ¾ cup (160 grams) brown sugar
- 1¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Zest of 1 orange
- 4 large eggs
- 1½ cups (355 ml) heavy whipping cream
- 4 ounce (113 grams) bittersweet or dark chocolate, chopped or use chips
- 5 tablespoons (71 grams) unsalted butter, cubed
- 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
- Roasted unsalted pepitas (pumpkin seed kernels), for garnish (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
- In a food processor, pulse the gingersnaps until crushed. Add the melted butter and sugar and pulse until combined. Alternately, crush the gingersnaps with your preferred method and combine with butter and sugar in a bowl. Press into a buttered tart or pie pan. Place on prepared sheet pan.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, or in a bowl with a hand mixer, combine the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt and orange zest. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each. With the mixer on low, slowly add the heavy whipping cream. Mix until combined.
- Pour filling into the prepared crust. Bake until edges are set and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean, 45-55 minutes. If crust browns too quickly while baking, cover with foil. Let tart cool completely.
- To make the ganache, place the chocolate, butter and corn syrup in a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and pour onto the cooled pumpkin filling. Lift the tart and swirl it around until the ganache completely covers the filling. Sprinkle with pepitas and chill for 30 minutes to set the chocolate before serving.
A Thanksgiving Menu
To go along with my pies, all this week I’m sharing sample menus with great recipes from some of my favorite food bloggers.
Bourbon Apple Sangria from Climbing Grier Mountain
Cranberry Pistachio Baked Bree from Gimmie Some Oven
Apple Cider Sage Brined Turkey from Good Life Eats
Potato Dinner Rolls from Completely Delicious
Pumpkin Tiramisu from Foodiecrush
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