Maple, bacon and pumpkin is a stellar flavour combination. This tart is a brunch house favourite from a bistro called Pinbone in Woollahra, Sydney. Using store bought puff pastry, this takes just 10 minutes to prepare. I’d be happy to have this for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
When I try a dish at a restaurant that really blows me away, I like to try to find the recipe afterwards so I can make it home. Especially this Maple, Bacon and Pumpkin Tart, which is only served on Sundays. It’s so good, it should be enjoyed 7 days a week!!
I wasn’t expecting to find it, and was fully prepared to do my own copy-cat version. But surprisingly I found the recipe on Gourmet Traveller Australia which happens to be my favourite cooking magazine.
“I’ve written up the recipe 2 ways: roasting the pumpkin (per the original recipe) or microwaving it. I barely notice a difference in taste and it saves 30 minutes of cooking time!”
The original recipe calls for homemade puff pastry. I’m sorry, but I don’t have the time or energy to make my own! So I replaced the homemade puff pastry with store bought. So that way this recipe will take you all of about 10 minutes to prepare instead of 1 hour!
The other shortcut I sometimes do (but not always) is microwaving rather than roasting the pumpkin. There is no denying that roasting the pumpkin adds extra flavour from the wonderful caramelisation you get. However, because bacon itself has such a strong flavour plus the tart is brushed with maple syrup, I find that there is very little difference. Barely noticeable. And there is a 30 minute cooking time difference (being the pumpkin roasting time). I’ve served it both ways and no one has noticed any difference. 🙂 So I’ve written up the recipe both ways.
I really love the flavour combination of this tart! I’ve made it extra indulgent by doubling up the puff pastry layer so it is more like the homemade puff pastry that you get at Pinbone restaurant.
So why not stay in for brunch this weekend? Free coffee refills and just 10 minutes prep – and you can stay in your PJ’s!
Happy brunching! – Nagi
- 1 sheet store bought frozen puff pastry , thawed (25 cm x 25cm / 10" x 10")
- 8 slices streaky bacon (Note 1)
- 1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup (Note 2)
- Oil spray
- 7 oz / 200g butternut or Jap pumpkin , peeled and roughly diced into 1.5cm/0.5" cubes
- 1/2 tbsp olive oil (only required if roasting the pumpkin)
- 1 tbsp butter
- Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 220C/425F.
Spray a baking tray with olive oil (or grease with butter or oil)
Cook Pumpkin either by roasting or microwaving it (see instructions below). Transfer to a large bowl (cools faster) and add butter plus a pinch of salt and pepper. Mash with a fork until the pumpkin is smooth and set aside.
Cut puff pastry in half (Note 3). Place one piece on top of the other. Place the double layered pastry on the baking tray.
Cover pastry with a sheet of baking (parchment) paper (not weighed down, just place it on top of the pastry). Bake for 15 minutes until it has puffed up a bit and it is a very light golden brown.
While the pastry is pre-baking, trim the bacon so it is wider than the width of the tart by approximately 1.5cm / 1/2" (Note 4).
Remove the pastry from the oven and discard baking paper.
Working quickly, spread the pumpkin on the pastry, leaving a 1cm / 1/4" border.
Place the bacon on the tart, overlapping each slice. The 8 slices should cover the whole tart.
Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes until deep golden.
Remove from the oven and brush half the maple syrup on the bacon and the pastry border.
Place the tart back in the oven for a further 7 to 10 minutes, until the bacon and pastry is a deep, dark golden brown. (Note 5)
Remove from oven and brush with remaining maple syrup. Season with pepper if desired.
Serve with a light side salad. This tart reheats well in the oven and keeps for 2 days in the fridge, but it is best served fresh out of the oven.
Roasting: Toss pumpkin in olive oil and roast for 20 - 25 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven, then proceed with recipe directions.
Microwaving: Place pumpkin in a microwave proof bowl (or steamer) with a splash of water. Cover with lid or cling wrap (pierce with a fork a few times if using cling wrap) then microwave on high for 8 minutes. Drain water before use, then proceed with recipe directions.
1. In the US, streaky bacon is the most common bacon available. In Australia, middle bacon is the most common which consists of the eye (the oval part, sold as "shortcut bacon") and the streaky bacon part (the "tail" which has "streaks" of fat through it). Nowadays you can buy streaky bacon from Woolworths and other major supermarkets (either in the deli or refrigerator section). Otherwise, use Middle Bacon and cut the eye off so you just use the streaky bacon part.
2. I like using maple syrup because the woody sweet flavours goes so well with bacon. But if you do not have maple syrup then you can substitute with honey. Heat the honey slightly in the microwave to make it thinner so it is easy to brush on.
3. To cut the pastry in half, use a large knife and press down once. Do not drag it along the pastry to cut because then the pastry won't puff as much along that edge.
4. The bacon shrinks during cooking which is why it needs to be cut slightly wider than the tart. So when it comes out of the oven, it just about covers the pumpkin.
5. A key tip for baking with puff pastry (especially when you have a double layer of puff pastry) is to bake it until it is a very dark golden brown otherwise you run the risk of having a gummy almost uncooked layer in the middle of the pastry.
6. Not the healthiest breakfast in the world.....but it's worth it! Have a salad for lunch 🙂