Savory Pumpkin Toaster Pastry

Now we aren’t talking about those sugary strawberry, blueberry, or cinnamon toaster pastries. Instead, try a savory...
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Now we aren’t talking about those sugary strawberry, blueberry, or cinnamon toaster pastries. Instead, try a savory twist of your favorite breakfast snack using pumpkin. It does not take many ingredients for this pumpkin-filled recipe and a little bit of effort can go a long way to satisfy your daily fall-inspired pumpkin craving.

Ingredients

For the pastry dough:

  • 1  Tablespoon  and two teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 8  Ounces  butter, cold and cubed

For the pumpkin filling:

  • 1/2  Pound  pumpkin, such as Fairy Tale or Cinderella
  • 2  Ounces  pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 1  Tablespoon  mascarpone cheese (optional)
  • Brown sugar, to taste
  • Salt, to taste
  • Spices, to taste
  • Egg Wash

Directions

For the pastry dough:

Combine the sifted flour, sugar and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer. Add butter to the dry ingredients and add to the dry ingredients. Using the paddle attachment, carefully knead dough. Make sure that the large chunks of butter must remain!

Mix together milk and egg yolks; add to the flour and butter mixture. Process until dough barely comes together.

Transfer onto your work surface; with your hand, press the dough together until it just comes (there should be visible streaks of butter all through the dough). Form into a disk and refrigerate for 4 hours before use.

For the pumpkin filling:

In a heavy bottom sauté pan, heat the butter until it starts to brown slightly.

Slice the pumpkin into half-inch dices and add pumpkin pieces, brown sugar, salt, and spices into the pan. Sauté until nicely browned and tender. Add chopped pecans and sage.

Transfer to a bowl and cool completely. Then, mix in mascarpone cheese.

Roll out to approximately 1⁄8-inch thickness and cut into desired size.

Place filling in the center of each tart, leaving enough space to crimp the sides. Brush the edges with egg wash and place an equally big piece of pastry on top. Crimp the edges with a fork and cut a small incision in the top to vent the steam while baking.

Bake at 350 F for about 12 minutes or until golden brown.

Pumpkin Shopping Tip

Look for vegetables that are firm and bright in color – avoid those that are wilted or have wrinkled skins, which are signs of age.

Pumpkin Cooking Tip

Vegetable should typically be cooked as quickly as possible, as they can become bland and mushy, and lose vitamins and minerals.