A fall inspired make-ahead dessert, pumpkin pie panna cotta got an elegant twist. Let to rest in an oatmeal brown sugar crust, this panna cotta tart is a light, silky finish to your Thanksgiving meal.
When I think of fall, apples and pumpkin come first to mind. Especially pumpkin pie. It’s been a family tradition to make at least one pumpkin pie when we get back home from the pumpkin patch, while hubby is showing off his Halloween pumpkin carving skills.
A couple of weeks ago, more like months, while planning our annual trip to the pumpkin patch I suddenly got a pumpkin pie craving. Like I had to have some! There was just one problem. It was mid July.
While I bake all summer long, baking a pie in July, a pumpkin pie just didn’t sound right.
Smooth, silky panna cotta flavored with pumpkin pie spices made my hear skip a beat!
I absolutely adore panna cotta. It’s like the easiest dessert to make and enjoy all summer long. Straight from the fridge. All I need is a spoon.
A quick trip to the grocery store while having my fingers crossed, hoping to find some canned pumpkin and I was set.
Pumpkin pie panna cotta had to come to life. Like there was no tomorrow.
Panna cotta, along with Tiramisu are the most amazing desserts from the Italian cuisine. They are so easy to put together even my 3-year-old can do it.
Both of them are no bake desserts and the more you let them set, the better they get. In fact, I think both these desserts should be made 2 days in advance.
The idea of making a tart filled with pumpkin pie panna cotta came out of nowhere. The thought of a brown sugar oatmeal crust and a silky pumpkin pie panna cotta seemed like a dreamy dessert come true.
For the crust I used some ready-to-bake oatmeal refrigerated Pillsbury brown sugar oatmeal cookie dough and press it thinly on the bottom of my favorite rectangle tart pan.
For the panna cotta, please use heavy cream. Although I have seen a few recipes calling for half and half, I think the few extra calories are so worth it. The panna cotta turns out silkier and it tastes so much better!
If you’re looking to switch things up a little bit this Thanksgiving, give this pumpkin pie panna cotta tart a try. You can make it instead of the traditional pumpkin pie or even better, make both of them!
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