Happy Halloween! To celebrate this most festively spooky of days, I decided to bring to life a recipe from an impulse-buy magazine, The Pumpkin Spice Handbook, which has become my go-to source for holiday baking inspiration this year! The dark chocolate and balsamic reduction and goat cheese that top this pumpkin and fig tarte tatin makes this treat simultaneously sweet and savory, and just the decadent dessert to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve!
Pumpkin Fig Tarte Tatin
3 Mission figs, quartered
10 oz. cooked cubed sweet pumpkin
½ cup granulated sugar
7 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon heavy cream
1 sheet butter puff pastry
½ cup balsamic vinegar
¼ ounce dark chocolate (70%)
¼ cup crumbled goat cheese
Preheat the oven to 425 F.
Cut pumpkin into half-inch cubes. In a mixing bowl, combine pumpkin and butter until evenly coated. Set aside.
In a cast-iron skillet or ovenproof dish, evenly spread out sugar. Pour water over sugar until just covered. Start boiling sugar and water mixture without stirring. When sugar starts to brown where the heat is highest, gently swish skillet or dish around to get sugar turning evenly to caramel.
Once sugar has gone evenly brown, take skillet off heat and add remaining butter, a bit at a time, stirring it with a wooden spoon until incorporated. Stir in cream.
Place fig wedges in skillet, cut-side down. Pour buttered pumpkin over caramel and move it around until neatly arranged.
Roll out pastry flat slightly larger than the skillet an then place on top to bake. Wash top of pastry with whipped egg.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until pastry has puffed up and turned golden brown.
Meanwhile, in a saucepan over medium heat, reduce vinegar until thick and syrupy. Add dark chocolate at the very end, stirring until completely incorporated.
When tart is cooked, remove from oven and let stand for 1-2 minutes. Place a plate on top of tart and hold it tightly while flipping it over to serve (be cautious of the hot caramel).
Sprinkle with crumbled goat cheese and drizzle dark chocolate balsamic reduction to finish.