Pumpkin Halwa is a traditional Indian dessert that is essentially mashed pumpkin spiced with saffron and sugar. This recipe takes this tasty pumpkin dessert and nestles it into a tiny puff pastry. These little tartlets are perfect party treats.
Pumpkin Halwa Puff Pastry Tarts [Vegan]
- 2 1/2 cups white pumpkin
- 1/2 cup sugar
- A pinch of saffron (optional)
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- 8 cashews, chopped
- 1 sheet of puff pastry
To Make the Halwa:
- Grate the pumpkin (medium-fine) and squeeze all the juice out. Set aside both pumpkin and juice.
- Warm the oil and fry the cashews until golden brown. Set aside.
- In a medium pan, boil the pumpkin juice until it reduces to half. Once it's reduced, add the pumpkin, saffron, and sugar.
- Keep stirring until all the liquid dries out. Pour in the cashew and oil and remove from heat. Let it cool completely.
To Assemble the Pastry:
- Thaw out the pastry sheet according to package instructions.
- Cut into 9 squares after dusting lightly with flour. Fold into a triangle, cut a "V" shape then open it out. Fold down the top cut, and fold up the bottom cut.
- Fill the center with a tablespoon of the filling, piling it high.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 400°F for 15-20 minutes.
- Let cool on a wire rack completely and serve.