Chocolate Spider web Pumpkin Pie

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If you came to the wonderful Galway Bakefest then you may have seen me create this dish onstage! I promised to put it online and here it is. Have a gorgeous Halloweeeeeeen! x

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Chocolate Spider Web Pumpkin Pie

Serves 10

Pastry:

240g plain flour

150g cold butter, diced

1 egg

 

Filling:

1 egg

425g tin pumpkin puree

235ml evaporated milk

220g caster sugar

2 cloves, finely ground

1 pinch salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1 tbsp flour

70g dark chocolate, chopped

Preheat oven to 170°C .

First make the pastry. Place the flour and butter into the bowl of a food processor and blitz until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the whole egg and pulse until it comes together to form a dough. Flatten the dough into a disc and wrap in cling film. Place in the fridge to rest.

Once rested roll the pastry out on a floured surface. Line a 23cm tart tin. Leave to rest in the fridge again whilst you make the filling.

Melt the chopped chocolate in a heat proof bowl over a pan of barely simmering water. Once smooth set aside to cool slightly.

Whisk the egg with the evaporated milk. Stir in the pumpkin puree and add the sugar, spices and flour. Once the mixture is smooth reserve 250ml in a jug. Pour the remainder into the pre lined tart tin. Blend the melted chocolate with the reserved pumpkin mix. Pour the dark chocolatey batter into a strong plastic sandwich bag and snip the corner to form a piping bag (or use a piping bag with a wide nozzle.) Carefully pipe a swirl starting from the outside of the pie working your way in to the centre. Pipe a larger amount into the centre. Place a skewer into the centre of the mix and quickly drag it to the outside to create a spider web effect. Do this as many times as you see fit but I found it marks the portions perfectly if you do ten lines.

Be very careful lifting the tart to the oven, especially if you are using a loose bottomed tin.

Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the filling is set firm. Leave to cool at room temperature and serve with Greek yogurt or softly whipped cream.

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4 Responses to Chocolate Spider web Pumpkin Pie

  1. claire says:

    Can u get pumpkin puree in supermarkets, have never seen it, or can you use fresh pumpkin, thanks

    • Lilly Higgins says:

      I get mine in Fallon & Byrne in Dublin but some speciality shops do it or I did spot it in Lidl last winter. I’m told that baked sweet potatoes work really well too, and they’re cheaper so definitely worth a try!

  2. martina says:

    I’ve made your duck egg sponge a few times and it always goes down a treat. One question, is the oven temp in your recipes for fan oven or should I reduce by 20′ for fan oven?

    • Lilly Higgins says:

      You can use this temperature for a fab oven! Delighted you like the duck egg sponge, it’s definitely one if my favourites!

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