Roasted Pumpkin and Citrus Tartines with Whipped Thyme Goat’s Cheese

Roasted Pumpkin and Citrus Honey Tartines with Whipped Thyme Goat's CheeseRoasted Pumpkin and Citrus Honey Tartines with Whipped Thyme Goat's Cheese

“You ache with it all; and the more mysterious it is, the more you ache.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I do feel as if Butter and Brioche has become a bit neglected of late. My life at the moment has become a new journey. A recent series of stops and starts, ups and downs, highs and lows.

A different world of self-discovery and life has opened. New experiences, people, food, health and traditions – all have presented themselves. I have truly found a new perspective and lease on life… one filled with acceptance and embracement.  And it has been one amazing ride.

Roasted Pumpkin and Citrus Honey Tartines with Whipped Thyme Goat's Cheese

So dear readers, please be patient with me as I take the time to relish, re-couperate, relax in the holiday season and navigate my way around my new head-space. There may be a few more days in between posts, and a few less responses to comments, e-mails and general blog activity – but I promise that it is all temporary and worth the wait.

I’ve been craving everything orange recently. And these Roasted Pumpkin and Citrus Tartines with Whipped Thyme Goat’s Cheese seem to fit the bill. I rarely make something savoury for the blog as baking is usually on my mind, but tartines truly hold a special place in my heart – and it has been too long since I last shared a savoury recipe!  

Roasted Pumpkin and Citrus Honey Tartines with Whipped Thyme Goat's CheeseRoasted Pumpkin and Citrus Honey Tartines with Whipped Thyme Goat's Cheese

I think back to these Caramelized Pear, Brie and Honey Tartines that were created for Butter and Brioche when I first begun blogging– and how excited I was to hear and see how well received they were. I definitely have evolved as a cook and person since, and my photography style has certainly evolved… so I wanted to return with another of my much-loved tartine recipes.  

Roasted Pumpkin and Citrus Tartines with Whipped Thyme Goat’s Cheese are a new favourite of mine. These tartines are simple food. Good, food that I like to eat, share and enjoy. I’m so hooked on the flavour combination.

Roasted Pumpkin and Citrus Honey Tartines with Whipped Thyme Goat's Cheese

The roasted butternut squash pumpkin goes sweet but slightly tart and caramelised in the most delicious way by the addition of a special Bitton citrus honey with sea salt, though regular honey works equally just as well. And it is balanced off beautifully when combined with the citrus juice, zest and creamy whipped thyme goat’s cheese on the toast bottoms.

Topped with bittersweet toasted walnuts and a flourish of aromatic thyme, these tartines are deliciously perfect.

Roasted Pumpkin and Citrus Honey Tartines with Whipped Thyme Goat's CheeseRoasted Pumpkin and Citrus Honey Tartines with Whipped Thyme Goat's Cheese

Roasted Pumpkin and Citrus Tartines with Whipped Thyme Goat’s Cheese are flavoursome, wholesome and are everything I enjoy and have been recently craving.  I’m sure you will enjoy them just as much as I!

Roasted Pumpkin and Citrus Honey Tartines with Whipped Thyme Goat's Cheese

Roasted Pumpkin and Citrus Tartines with Whipped Thyme Goat’s Cheese
Serves: 4
  • 2 cups of butternut squash, cut into 1 inch / 2.5 cm cubes
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • Zest of ½ lemon
  • 2 tbsp. Bitton citrus honey with sea salt or regular honey
  • 1 cup walnuts, lightly toasted and crushed
  • 3.5 ounces / 100 grams goat’s cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp. sour cream, at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 4 x fresh thyme sprigs
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground cracked black pepper
  • Sourdough bread, 4 thick slices
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 F / 180C.
  2. To make the roasted citrus pumpkin, place the cubed butternut squash in a large bowl and toss with the olive oil, lemon juice, zest and honey. Season with salt and pepper and roast on a parchment lined baking tray for about 30 to 40 minutes, until soft and golden brown. When the pumpkin has cooled, toss with the toasted walnuts and set aside until ready to use.
  3. To make the whipped thyme goats cheese, in a stand mixer or with a hand-held blender, whip together the goat’s cheese, sour cream and thyme leaves until smooth and combined. Season to taste and set aside in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  4. When ready to assemble, toast off the bread slices and spread with the whipped thyme goat’s cheese. Divide the pumpkin and walnut mixture evenly over the slices of bread. Add a sprig of fresh thyme onto each tartine and season to taste. If desired, drizzle over a bit of extra honey before serving.


  • Reply Kristin April 2, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    This look beautiful and so delicious!!

  • Reply Jessica March 16, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    This looks delicious! I’ll have to give these a try 🙂

  • Reply Roxanne February 27, 2016 at 2:19 am

    Hi Thalia,
    I just found your website and I’m hooked. You do amazing things! I hope you’ve been having more highs than lows lately and that your dreams are coming true. Xx

  • Reply Derek February 21, 2016 at 12:07 am

    Awesome combo of cheese and sour cream here Thalia! All the ingredients look dynamite together. Thanks, as always, for sharing.

  • Reply Nagi@RecipeTinEats February 15, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    Your photos are great! These look so fab! And your flavor combination is amazing! I love everything in this recipe! YUM!

  • Reply Liz January 31, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Wow. This looks so incredible. I am sure this would be a massive crowd pleasure.
    I hope that you have had a rest over the holiday season. I cannot believe that it is February already!

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  • Reply Derek January 18, 2016 at 2:59 am

    Badass Thalia! Great flavor combos and beautiful photography as always 🙂

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  • Reply Shareba @ In Search Of Yummy-ness December 20, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    I love the flavours that you put together in this recipe! It looks so delicious! Happy Holidays!

  • Reply Alison @ Food by Mars December 17, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    These look so fabulous!! Amazing flavor combo – you are so creative 🙂 I’m glad you’re able to step away to refresh a bit, it happens to us all. Always take care of yourself first!!

  • Reply Tez @ Chile and Salt December 15, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Thalia these are absolutely beautiful & love the combination of flavors! As usual another stunning recipe!
    Good for you for taking some time for yourself. Sometimes it just too easy to get caught up in everything that`s life and forget about yourself!
    Sending you Warm Holiday Wishes

    • Reply thalia December 16, 2015 at 9:28 pm

      Thank you & too you as well Tez! Xx

  • Reply felicia | Dish by Dish December 14, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Thalia! These tartines look gorgeous. I understand the need for having time to yourself and recuperating, and how important it is for creative people to rest and relax in order to continue making new things.

    Sending much love and hope things are well!


  • Reply Ingrid | Lets talk evergreen December 11, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    This is really wonderful Thalia! x

    • Reply thalia December 12, 2015 at 12:43 am

      thanks Ingrid Xx

  • Reply Beeta @ Mon Petit Four December 10, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    This looks fantastic, Thalia! I love goat cheese, and I can jsut imagine with the earthy thyme and sweet pumpkin it’s a wonderful combination <3 Hope you relax and enjoy the holiday season! XO

    • Reply thalia December 12, 2015 at 12:58 am

      You too Beeta! Xx

  • Reply Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry December 8, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    What a stunning appetizer!

  • Reply Sophie | The Green Life December 8, 2015 at 4:56 am

    Oh, I absolutely love this tartine! Such a wonderful combination of flavours!
    Taking some time off is so important. I wish you a relaxing and joyful holiday season Thalia. <3

  • Reply Sherri @ Watch Learn Eat December 8, 2015 at 3:52 am

    These look amazing! I love goat cheese and it sounds so perfect with the butternut squash! Love your pics! 🙂

  • Reply Jen | Baked by an Introvert December 7, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    These would be great for a holiday appetizer. Love the flavors here!

  • Reply genevieve @ gratitude & greens December 6, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    I love simple food, tartines are my go to on busy days and evenings when I am tired. Roasted pumpkin sounds divine!

  • Reply Sarah December 5, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Welcome back Thalia 🙂 I love love love your blog- I hope you keep it up. But! I do appreciate the importance of having breaks and taking off for some personal time. It’s hard to do it all that’s for sure. Everyone has to find balance. Recipe and photos are amazing as always! Happy holidays!

  • Reply Debs @ Wilde Orchard December 5, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    I feel like having these for lunch this week. I love a tartines, and I could eat goat’s cheese on anything! This is a total winner!

  • Reply Sarah @Whole and Heavenly Oven December 4, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Awww so glad that you’re back, Thaila! Sometimes you just need a break and I hope that you did plenty of relaxing, girl! 😉 And about these tartines…I mean, they’re gorgeous! I love anything with goat cheese and I’m so intrigued by the roasted pumpkin!

  • Reply Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen December 4, 2015 at 11:51 am

    These looks awesome, Thalia. Love the heavenly combo of roasted pumpkin and goat cheese. I bet they must have tasted divine.

  • Reply marcie December 4, 2015 at 5:22 am

    I love orange food right now too, Thalia, and roasted pumpkin with the citrus and creamy goat cheese sounds just amazing! I could live off of crostini or tartines like this, and I’m so glad to see you back,!

  • Reply mjskitchen December 4, 2015 at 2:48 am

    What a wonderfully creative use for roasted butternut or pumpkin. I’ve always been a fan of goat cheese with roasted winter squash, but have never put it on bread. Excellent recipe!

  • Reply Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness December 4, 2015 at 1:54 am

    These tartines look delicious. Beautiful pictures.

  • Reply mahy@twopurplefigs December 4, 2015 at 1:12 am

    Beautiful recipe as always T, wishing you a happy relaxing Holiday!:)

  • Reply Rachel @ Bakerita December 4, 2015 at 1:01 am

    These are a gorgeous appetizer, perfect for any holiday party. Love all the beautiful winter flavors on these!

  • Reply All that's Jas December 4, 2015 at 12:55 am

    Sounds divine! I love anything with goat cheese and I bet the sweet/tart combination here is excellent.

  • Reply Sarah from Soymilk + Honey December 4, 2015 at 12:52 am

    These look fantastic!

  • Reply The Unmanly Chef December 3, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Fabulous pictures, the usage of the color going off of the white background is spectacular. Well done!

  • Reply Tessa | Salted Plains December 3, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    I am just loving this tartine, Thalia! All those flavors together sound dreamy – as are these photos! Glad things are going well for you. Time to yourself and rest and rejuvenation are so important. xo.

  • Reply Elaine @Flavour and Savour December 3, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    I have a feeling you’re readers (including me) will be more than happy to wait for you . . . and look forward whatever you have on the horizon!

  • Reply Sabrina December 3, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Love this tartine recipe! Take all the time you need to recharge, Thalia!

  • Reply Katrina December 3, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Of course we’ll be patient darling! I’m just happy to see you back in this space with another gorgeous, creative recipe. Take all the time you need 🙂

  • Reply Coley | December 3, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Such a beautiful little tartan! I love pumpkin with goat cheese. I hope everything in your world is wonderful – enjoy the time away. We all need it sometimes!

  • Reply Oana December 3, 2015 at 7:12 am

    Take your time, Thalia. Sounds like a whole new adventure ahead of you!

  • Reply Maureen | Orgasmic Chef December 3, 2015 at 5:02 am

    I couldn’t think of a tartine I’d like better than this. Roasted pumpkin is the soulmate of goats cheese, I’m pretty sure of it. 🙂

  • Reply traci | vanilla and bean December 2, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    I’ve missed your posts, Thalia! So happy to see you back, but understand the need to step away, unplug and regroup. It sounds like some good things are going on, despite the time it all requires from you. What a delicious tartine you’ve prepared for us. I can imagine serving it among a group of friends over good wine and conversation. Thank you for this my dear… !

  • Reply Medha @ Whisk & Shout December 2, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Hope you get all the relaxation you need! Love all the intriguing flavors here, especially that herbed goat cheese 🙂

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