Pumpkin Tart Recipe

1 hour 50 minutes


Pastry case

  • 135g of spelt flour, or plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 40g of polenta, (not instant or quick-cook)
  • 100g of butter, very cold, cubed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 tbsp of water, cold

Pumpkin filling

  • 3 large eggs
  • 100g of soft goat's cheese, crumbled (I like Rosary goat’s cheese)
  • 260g of pumpkin purée, (from a can or make your own – see above)
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg, plus extra to decorate
  • 120ml of whole milk
  • 3 tsp lemon thyme leaves, plus extra to decorate
  • 3 figs, large, halved


First, make the pastry. Put the flour, polenta, butter and salt in a food processor and blitz briefly to fine crumbs (or rub the butter into the other ingredients with your fingers)
Add the water gradually, pulsing the food processor (if using) as you go, until the mixture just starts to come together when pressed between your fingers. Shape into a flat disc, wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for 1 hour
Preheat the oven to 190°C/gas mark 5
After it has chilled, roll the pastry out on a floured work surface to around 5mm thick, then use to line a 9cm loose-bottomed tart tin, pressing it into the edges of the tin with a smaller ball of pastry. Trim any overhanging pastry
Line the pastry case with baking parchment and baking beans. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes, then remove the baking beans and parchment and bake for another 5 minutes, until the case is light golden and firm
Meanwhile, make the filling. Whisk the eggs and goat’s cheese in a large bowl or jug until completely smooth. Whisk in all the remaining ingredients, except for the figs
When the tart case has baked, leave to cool for 5 minutes then carefully pour the filling mixture into the case
Arrange the figs over the top of the filling and sprinkle with a little more lemon thyme and another grating of nutmeg
Bake for 30–35 minutes, or until the filling has only a very slight wobble when you move the tart tin, and has puffed up and turned light golden around the edges
Leave to cool for 10 minutes before serving warm, or set aside and serve at room temperature