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Walnut Pumpkin Cream Cheese Tart

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  • Total: 2 hr 30 min
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Ingredients

SWEET TART CRUST

1 1/4 cups flour

1/3 cup California walnuts, finely chopped

1/3 cup powdered sugar

1/3 cup salted butter, softened

1 large egg

FILLING

1 (15 ounce) canned pumpkin

4 ounces low-fat cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 egg plus 1 egg yolk

1/2 cup California walnuts, coarsely chopped

Directions

  1. Stir together flour, walnuts and powdered sugar in a medium bowl. Stir in butter and egg. Stir well with a fork until a soft dough forms. Gather into a ball and wrap tightly. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F and coat a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Lay pastry dough on a lightly floured board and roll into an 11-inch circle. Press onto the bottom and sides of prepared pan and poke with a  fork on the bottom and sides. Bake for 20 minutes.

FILLING

  1. While crust is baking, whisk together pumpkin and cream cheese in a medium bowl until smooth. Add brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, egg and egg yolk, beating until incorporated.
  2. Pour into prepared crust and top with walnuts. Bake for 40 minutes or until the filling is set when the pan is gently tapped.
  3. Remove from oven and let cool. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  4. Optional: When ready to serve, top each slice with a dollop of whipped cream.