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Toasted Almond and Butternut Squash Tart

This tart is perfect for your "I'm not big on dessert" friends. Roasted butternut squash makes a nice change from pumpkin. But the real standout here may be the wheat germ-spiked crust. I use only a quarter of the butter that's in a traditional pie dough, yet it is still flaky and tender. If you prefer, you can also shape this tart into a round.
Whole Living, 11 November 2011
  • Yield Serves 8
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Ingredients

  • For the Crust:

    • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 tablespoons toasted wheat germ
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
    • 1/3 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • For the Filling:

    • 1 medium butternut squash (about 1 3/4 pounds), peeled, halved, seeds removed, and cut into 1/2-inch slices
    • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
    • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted and ground
    • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
    • 1 large egg
    • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
    • 1 teaspoon raw sugar
  • For the Garnish:

    • 2 teaspoons sliced almonds, toasted

Directions

  1. Make the crust: In a food processor, pulse flour, wheat germ, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Add butter and process until the largest pieces are the size of peas. Add buttermilk and pulse until dough just holds together. Wrap in plastic and pat into a rectangle. Refrigerate for 1 hour, or up to overnight.

  2. Make the filling: Preheat oven to 450 degrees. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss squash with oil and 2 tablespoons brown sugar. Roast until golden and tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and reduce temperature to 400 degrees.

  3. In a bowl, stir together remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar, ground almonds, salt, egg, vanilla, and flour.

  4. Roll out dough on lightly floured parchment paper to a 9-by-15-inch rectangle. Spread almond mixture on top, leaving a two-inch margin around the edge. Top with squash. Fold dough over each side. Lightly brush crust with water and sprinkle with raw sugar. Chill until firm, about 30 minutes.

  5. Bake on a rimmed baking sheet until crust is golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Sprinkle with sliced almonds.

Cook's Note

Dough can be frozen for up to 3 months.

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