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Butternut Squash Tart with Chile Honey

Butternut Squash Tart with Chile Honey
PREP TIME
20 min
YIELDS
8 servings

This impressive tart, drizzled with a little homemade chile-honey, is perfect for late summer and early fall. Plus, the dough is a press-in, so there’s no rolling required!

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Ingredients

Crust

6
Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into ½" pieces, at room temperature, plus more for the pan
1 ¼
cups all-purpose flour
½
tsp sugar
Kosher salt
1
large egg, lightly beaten

Filling

1
butternut squash (1 ¾ lbs), peeled and sliced into ¼" thick half-moons
2
Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
2
tsp finely chopped fresh sage
3
Tbsp honey
Kosher salt
¼
cup grated Parmesan
¼
cup plain breadcrumbs
1 ½
cups Gruyere cheese, cut into small cubes
2
tsp white wine vinegar
½
tsp crushed red pepper
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Directions

Notes

Special equipment: a 9-inch springform pan

Step 1

Butter a 9-inch springform pan. Put the flour, sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a food processor and pulse to combine. Add the butter and process until thoroughly combined with no visible chunks of butter. Add the egg and pulse until the dough just starts to clump. Transfer the dough to the springform pan and press it evenly on the bottom and 1 inch up the sides. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Step 2

Adjust an oven rack in the middle position and preheat the oven to 375ºF.

Step 3

Toss the butternut squash slices with the melted butter, sage, 1 tablespoon honey and 1 teaspoon salt in a large bowl.

Step 4

Sprinkle the Parmesan and breadcrumbs evenly on the bottom of the crust, then scatter over 1/2 cup of the gruyere cubes. Lay out a single layer of butternut squash slices, breaking off pieces of squash to fill any gaps. Scatter another 1/2 cup of gruyere over the squash. Top with the rest of the butternut squash slices and then the remaining 1/2 cup gruyere.

Step 5

Put the springform pan on a baking sheet and bake, until the squash can be pierced easily with a knife, about 1 hour and 40 minutes to 1 hour 50 minutes. (If the crust gets too dark, cover loosely with foil.)

Step 6

Meanwhile, combine the vinegar, crushed red pepper and the remaining 2 tablespoons honey in a microwave-safe bowl large enough to contain it (the honey may boil over in the microwave). Microwave for 30 seconds to heat up the honey and infuse the chile flavor. Reserve.

Step 7

Drizzle the tart all over with the chile-infused honey and serve immediately.

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