For Fall or Halloween: Kabocha Squash Tart

For Fall or Halloween: Kabocha Squash Tart

This takes some time but is surprisingly easy to make. It's a dish that lets you fully enjoy the flavors of fall. If you like kabocha squash, please give this a try.

Ingredients: 15 cm diameter tart pan

Kabocha squash
400 to 500 g
2 cups (400 ml)
2 cups' worth (about 180 to 200 g)
1:1 water to sugar ratio
20 g
to taste
The tart crust:
Unsalted butter
75 g
Granulated sugar (or white sugar)
35 g
Egg yolk
1 large
Cake flour
110 g
Almond flour
40 g
(or use your favorite tart crust recipe)
For the almond cream:
Unsalted butter
60 g
Ground almond powder
60 g
Granulated sugar (or white sugar)
60 g
1 large
Rum (optional)
1 teaspoon
(or your favorite almond cream)
For the topping:
Heavy cream
200 g
15 to 20 g
as needed


1. Make the tart crust. Refer "Basic Tart Crust" (Recipe ID: 437327) by user "Yukirain".
2. Make the almond cream. Mix the room temperature butter and sugar together. When they are mixed together, add the egg and mix again.
3. Add the sifted almond flour and mix in. Add rum to taste.
4. Put the almond cream in the tart crust, and bake in a preheated 360°F/180°C for about 40 minutes.
5. When it's baked, leave to cool in the tart pan.
6. While the tart cools, make the topping. Cut the kabocha squash into 1-2 cm cubes and cut up the skin (you could cut up the skin after cooking the kabocha squash).
7. Put water, the sugar, and honey in a pan and heat until the sugar is dissolved. Add the kabocha squash and cut up the skin.
8. When it's bubbling, turn the heat down to low. Cover with a piece of aluminium foil placed on top of the contents of the pan to act as a drop lid (otoshibuta). Simmer until a bamboo skewer goes through a piece of kabocha squash easily.
9. When the kabocha squash has been simmered until tender, turn off the heat and leave in the pan until cooled (if possible, leave it to cool in the refrigerator until the next day).
10. When the kabocha squash has cooled, take each piece out and pat dry with paper towels.
11. Heat a pan to melt the butter, and sauté half of the dried kabocha squash pieces.
12. You just need to brown the pieces slightly (I just did half the pieces, but you can sauté all the kabocha squash if you like. Or you can omit this step entirely. It's up to you.)
13. When the kabocha squash is sautéed, pile them up on the baked and cooled tart.
14. Brush with the apricot glaze. Chop up 2 to 3 of the simmered kabocha squash skin pieces and scatter on top.
15. Whip the cream with sugar until soft peaks form, and decorate the tart with it. (I used a round icing tip, but use whatever you like.)
16. If you have time, you should have some leftover tart crust dough, so make some cut out cookies with it to decorate the tart with.
17. Since this tart is for Halloween, I made pumpkin and heart shaped cut out cookies to decorate.
18. You can also dust the perimeter of the tart with powdered sugar.
19. You don't have to sauté the kabocha squash pieces, but the butter fragrance makes the tart more delicious, so I recommend it.
20. Here's how it looks when cut.

Story Behind this Recipe

A cake shop featured on a local TV program showed a delicious looking kabocha squash tart, and said that they "simmered the kabocha squash in syrup," so I tried to recreate it.