I'm getting into the autumny-cake-makey mood, it would seem :) More to follow!
- 125g plain flour
- pinch of salt
- 55g butter, cubed
- 30-45ml/2-3 tbsp cold water
- Put the flour and salt in a large bowl and add the cubes of butter.
- Use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour until you have a mixture that resembles coarse breadcrumbs with no large lumps of butter remaining. Try to work quickly so that it does not become greasy.
- Using a knife, stir in just enough of the cold water to bind the dough together.
- Wrap the dough in clingfilm and chill for 10-15 minutes before using.
- Roll out the pastry in a pie tin.
- Orrrr... Just go to the shop and buy a ready-made one.
- 450 g flesh, cut into 2.5 cm chunks (best type of pumpkin to use is Hokkaido, but a good old standard pumpkin will do)
- 2 large eggs plus 1 yolk
- 75g dark brown sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- ½ tsp ground allspice
- ½ tsp ground cloves
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- (these amounts are rough, you should taste it before cooking and adjust amounts to your liking)
- 275 ml double cream
- Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
- Steam the pumpkin then place in a coarse sieve and press lightly to extract any excess water. Mince it in a food processor or with a blender to have a nice smooth pureé.
- Lightly whisk the eggs and extra yolk together in a large bowl.
- Place the sugar, spices and the cream in a pan, bring to simmering point, giving it a whisk to mix everything together. Then pour it over the eggs and whisk it again briefly.
- Now add the pumpkin pureé, still whisking to combine everything thoroughly.
- Pour the filling into your pastry case and bake for 35-40 minutes, by which time it will puff up round the edges but still feel slightly wobbly in the centre.
When the cake was done, I let it cool and sprinkled it with some demarara sugar (brown sugar probably would have been better, now that I think about it...) and put it under very high-heat grill for a short moment until the sugar melted. Better yet, you could blast it with a flame torch if you have one. Et voila! :)