Project Pastry Queen: Bourbon Pumpkin Tarts w/ Streusel Topping

This week’s PPQ Challenge was hosted by Tara over at Smells Like Home and she picked Bourbon Pumpkin Tart with Streusel Topping. For the full recipe (and pretty photography), see her post here. Also, you can see how other members made the recipe here.

I was excited to make this recipe since I really love baking and anything with streusel topping.  Actually, I am not a big fan of pumpkin pie normally. But since this one had a tart crust, lots of spices, and streusel I thought I might like it. And I was right! I prefer this recipe by far to any pumpkin pie recipes I have previously made. The spices and liquor made it warm and comforting and I really loved the crispy streusel topping. Big Man is a huge pumpkin pie fan and he loved this recipe too. He said it was one of the best pumpkin recipes I have made. So this week’s PPQ challenge was a big Win here, and I’m already planning to make this Tart instead of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I did make a couple changes to the original recipe. I used allspice in place of cloves since I usually find cloves to be too strong for my taste. I also didn’t have Bourbon and didn’t want to buy it for this recipe so I used Jack Daniels instead. Since I don’t drink whiskey I couldn’t tell a difference. Finally, I made six 4-inch mini tarts instead of one 10-inch one because I will take any chance I get to use mini baking pans.

So if you are looking for an alternate pumpkin recipe to replace the traditional pie or just want an excuse to eat streusel topping, make this recipe! You won’t regret it.


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