Butternut Squash Glazed Tart

An inventive lighter twist on the standard dense pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving:
Everyone worked so super hard on the November Issue of Food and Wine magazine, (which is still on newsstands now, so go pick it up!) and as I’m deciding what to cook for Thanksgiving, this is one dish I’m definitely going to make.

The tart is a crispy, sweet, light version of dessert. Something to replace the heavy, dense, regular pumpkin pie, that by the end of thanksgiving, is hard to even make room for. This elegant puff pastry is quick to make. You’ll be surprised at how delicious butternut squash is for dessert. Look for a squash with a long neck.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH GLAZED TART
From Food and Wine magazine, November 2012.
By Grace Parisi.
Click here to get the original recipe. 

  • ACTIVE: 45 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 2 HRS
  • SERVINGS: 8

One 1-pound neck of butternut squash—peeled, halved lengthwise and sliced 1/4 inch thick
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons sugar
8 ounces all-butter puff pastry, chilled
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons apricot preserves, melted
2 tablespoons chopped toasted pecans

1) Preheat the oven to 375°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and butter the paper. Brush the squash with the melted butter and sprinkle with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the sugar. Roast for about 45 minutes, flipping the squash slices halfway through, or until softened. Let cool.

2) Meanwhile, roll out the pastry to a 14-by-6-inch rectangle and transfer it to a parchment paper–lined baking sheet. Prick the pastry all over with a fork and refrigerate until firm, about 5 minutes. Top with another sheet of parchment paper and a flat cookie sheet and bake for about 30 minutes, until the pastry is lightly golden on the bottom but not set. Remove the top cookie sheet and parchment and bake for 10 minutes longer, until the pastry is golden and crisp. Let cool.

3) Blend the cream cheese with the cinnamon and the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of sugar and spread it on the pastry. Arrange the squash slices on top. Brush with the apricot preserves and sprinkle with pecans. Cut into slices and serve.

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Photograph for Food and Wine, by Christina Holmes
Food Styling by Simon Andrews
Prop Styling by Kristine Trevino

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3 thoughts on “Butternut Squash Glazed Tart

  1. Bewitching — squash in place of fruit, alongside cream cheese. I would never think to do that, but I can taste it. Thanks for making me salivate at the end of a long day. Jason Varney turned me on to your blog. I’ve been lurking. Love what I see.

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