Marbled Pumpkin Gingersnap Tart

Marbled Pumpkin Gingersnap TartONE 9-INCH TART, SERVES 8

4 ounces (115 grams) gingersnap cookies (about 16 cookies), coarsely broken
3 ounces (85 grams) graham crackers (five and a half 2 1⁄2-by-4 7/8-inch graham-cracker sheets)
4 tablespoons (55 grams or 1⁄2 stick) salted butter, melted

Cheesecake Batter
4 ounces (115 grams) cream cheese, well softened
3 tablespoons (40 grams) granulated sugar
1 large egg yolk

Pumpkin Batter
1 large egg
1 large egg white
1 1⁄4 cups (10 1⁄2 ounces or 300 grams, about 1⁄2 to 3⁄4 of a 15-ounce can) pumpkin purée
1⁄4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
1⁄4 cup (50 grams) brown sugar
1⁄2 teaspoon table salt
3⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1⁄4 teaspoon ground ginger
1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves
Few fresh gratings of nutmeg
1 cup (235 ml) heavy cream


[1] Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Remove any children sensitive to loud noises from the premises, and finely grind the gingersnaps and graham crackers in a food processor (yielding 11⁄2 cups).

[2] Add the melted butter, and process until the cookie-crumb mixture is moistened.

[3] Press the mixture firmly into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch-diameter tart pan with removable bottom. (I like to use the bottom and outer side of a measuring cup to help pack the crumbs into the base and neatly up the walls of my crumb crusts.)

[4] Place pan on rimmed baking sheet. Cheesecake Batter

[5] Mix together the ingredients in a small bowl until smooth.

Pumpkin Batter
[6] Beat the egg and the egg white lightly in a large bowl.

[7] Whisk in the pumpkin, sugars, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. Gradually whisk in the cream.

Assemble Tart
[8] Pour the pumpkin batter into gingersnap-graham crust.

[9] Dollop the cheesecake batter over pumpkin batter, then marble the two together decoratively with a knife. Try not to pierce the bottom crust as you do.

[10] Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce temperature to 350 degrees and bake for another 30 to 40 minutes, or until a knife or toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.

To Serve
Cool the tart completely on a rack, or in the fridge if you, like me, prefer it cold. Serve immediately, and refrigerate any leftovers. Theoretically, it keeps for several days, but the crumb crust will get a little soft on the bottom after day one.

Excerpted from Smitten Kitchen.  Copyright © 2012 Deb Perelman.  Published by Appetite by Random House, which is a division of Random House of Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

#LegsAndTie at Beast Restaurant

Beast Restaurant

To have access to and to be able to eat in good restaurants is one thing, to know the chef is another, and to actually consider them friends and colleagues is perhaps one of my greatest joys in life. Especially if they are as talented as visionary Scott Vivian of Beast Restaurant. I have known Scott for over 3 years, and the man continues to innovate and amaze.

Chef Scott Vivian

I am happiest hanging out in the kitchens of Toronto, so when I was approached by Yorkshire Valley Farms to pair with a chef and create a dish with their organic chicken, I was ecstatic at the opportunity. Instantly a few names came to my mind for my wish list of who to work with, and I am glad that it worked out as it did. Any chance to eat at Scott and his wife Rachelle’s restaurant, Beast, makes me (and my lucky friends) very happy.


The program was called #LegsandTie and was created to show people the things that they can do with chicken legs, which happens to be my favourite. I was asked to invite 9 friends to Beast to sample our dish, of course along with some of Scott’s other food, and it just happened to be half price wine night (every Wednesday), so my friends were all totally stoked!

Have you tried YVF Organic before? Here is what they say about themselves:

At Yorkshire Valley Farms we raise your food the way nature intended.  Our organic, free range chickens are fed only the finest certified organic grains, with no antibiotics, hormones or animal bi-products added. We raise our chickens on certified organic farms in Ontario in the most natural and healthy environment possible, open to sunlight and fresh air.  Processing is done to exacting standards in an organically certified facility. By taking the best of what nature gives us, we provide you with a wholesome, delicious chicken that we can all feel good about, for our families and the world we live in.

Sounds good to me, what about you? That is a product I don’t mind serving at my table to my friends and family.

Oh, I should probably tell you about the food, shouldn’t I? Well, the dish that Scott and I came up with was a big hit, along with the 9 (yes 9) other courses we had that night. I highly suggest you book a table at Beast, and let Scott cook for you. 9 courses for $45 can’t be beat!

A nice simple smoked trout is a great start to any meal, followed by one of my favourite dishes of the evening, a simple buratta. The next course couldn’t be beat, for good old meat butter, aka bone marrow, took over the table. Then came the chicken dish; a smoked braised chicken, dirty ranch with fish lump roe, favas and foie, pickled celery, perslaine salad and crispy chicken skin.

Chicken Dish

As for the chicken, it is nice to have an option in regular grocery stores to purchase clean and affordable meat. I like the YVF product, and it was nice to have an opportunity to work with these guys. They are very connected to events in Toronto, so get out and support the 8 farmers that make up this collective. Cheers!

Joel Solish

Guest post by Joel Solish, @Foodie411.

Cooking Up Beach Foods with Christian Pritchard

Celebrity Chef, Christian Pritchard, is known for his “Food Entertainment” and two series on RogersTV Durham Region, “Mission Meal”, and “Diggin’ Durham.” Christian is also an advocate for supporting local farmers, not to mention, a fan of our organic chicken.


Throughout the summer, Christian made numerous appearances on CHCH Morning Live, where he took our chicken to the grill and showcased some unique and healthy recipes for the season. One of the segments featured “Beach Foods of the World”, where Yorkshire Valley Farms was taken to the south with Christian’s southern fried Miami jerk chicken.

We are always entertained when watching Christian cook and talk about cooking, and we wanted to share that love with you. Here is Celebrity Chef Christian Pritchard “Cooking Up Beach Foods of the World”:

Cooking up beach foods of the world