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Pumpkin Tart with Press-In Shortbread Tart Shell

This satiny pumpkin filling finds a perfect partner in our shortbread crust, which is surprisingly simple to make.

Source: Martha Bakes, Episode 2013




When originally featured in the November 2009 issue of Martha Stewart Living, this recipe was titled "Easy Pumpkin Pie with Press-In Shortbread Crust." It was prepared in a 9-inch pie dish with Press-In Shortbread Pie Crust and called for a baking time of 65 to 70 minutes.

Cook's Notes

Pie can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.

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How would you rate this recipe?
  • ALR5322370DW
    19 OCT, 2016
    I wanted to try this because I am notorious for my pie crust failures. To my surprise, everything went well. The crust didn't melt away from the pan and slump into a shapeless mass when I prebaked it, and it didn't get soggy and remain underdone after I added the filling and baked it. The only problem was that it was too salty! 1.5 tsp of salt is way too much. It's a shame that I finally got the technique right but was done in by the ingredients list! Next time I will try with half a tsp.!
  • Antoinette R
    28 NOV, 2013
    I watched Martha Stewart make this recipe on Martha Stewart Bakes…looked wonderful….It's in the oven now….the problem I am having already is that I have more filling than I needed to fill the tart shell….So, I will make mini tarts with the remainder. Should be fine….Why do all the recipes look so simple when you watch Martha???
  • nnnick
    29 OCT, 2012
    This is a delicious recipe. As mentioned, though, the press-in crust recipe will hardly be enough to fill a 9" pan.
  • RedCougar
    16 NOV, 2010
    I had to double the crust recipe to fill the dish properly. Also, my crust did burn. I should have covered the edge the first time I baked the crust w/out the filling. Other than that, it was very good!
  • Atlfoodlover
    1 DEC, 2009
    Btw, I did find tha the crust required less cooking time. Maybe ~15 minutes. Just watch it and also, use foil or crust protectors to prevent the edges from burning. The combo of shortbread and pumpkin filling is awesome!
  • Atlfoodlover
    1 DEC, 2009
    a delicious recipe!
  • mvoelker
    27 NOV, 2009
    I found this crust to be too salty. Did anyone else have that experience? I used coarse sea salt.
  • awig
    25 NOV, 2009
    The crust is not pre-baked in a traditional pumpkin pie. I've just made the crust and it seems thin, so I'm not going to pre-bake it. I'll let you know how it turns out.
  • bluesage003
    25 NOV, 2009
    This crust will burn. I followed the recipe three times and it burned each time. I love Martha's recipes and they have all been successes in the past, but this one is a disaster.

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