Our family loves getting together to for the 4th of July, America's Independence Day celebration! Our children, their children (the Grands) and of course, Will and I gather at Jason and Annie's for food, fun, swimming and end our evening by watching local fireworks! This year our friends Tino and Elsa joined us!
Jas, was barbecuing baby-backed ribs and chicken with his new hybrid grill, a Father's Day gift. I promised to make my now "world famous" Homemade Potato Salad (thanks to all you devoted readers!), and deviled eggs . . .
. . . I picked one of Will's pumpkins, to see if it was ready, (yes, it was); baked it, and then thought, "I know what I'll do! I"ll bake Little Pumpkin Pies!" They are perfect for little hands and mouths, and would make a wonderful surprise in school lunches!This is one of Will's smaller pumpkins, weighing in at just under 3 pounds; the perfect amount for this recipe!
I chose Momma's Pumpkin Pie recipe, with the perfect combination of spices, and my easy ~ Flaky Butter Crust recipe . . . I had enough pumpkin and butter crust to make 48 mini pies!MOMMA'S PUMPKIN PIE FILLING 1 1/2 cups cooked pumpkin 2 tablespoons flour 1 teaspoon ginger 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon mace 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons melted butter ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 eggs beaten 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup white sugar 1 cup whole organic milk
- In a large bowl : Add pumpkin.
- In a small bowl: Whisk together flour, ginger, cinnamon, mace, cloves, and salt; removing all lumps.
- Add whisked flour/spice mixture to pumpkin and stir well to incorporate.
- Add melted butter; mix well.
- In a separate bowl: Beat eggs; stir in sugars, and milk.
- Stir egg mixture gently into the pumpkin.
- Place cubed, chilled butter, flour and salt in the food processor.
- Pulse until the mixture resembles pea-size particles (don't over-pulse).
- Add ice water 1 tablespoon at a time; pulse twice after each addition.
- Continue adding water and pulsing until dough comes together in large clumps.
- Divide dough in two and place each piece into a sealable sandwich bag; pat each into a flat disc.
- Chill dough for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 425F.
- Roll out dough (see TIP); cut into circles using a large biscuit cutter, aprox. 3-inch. I used a fluted biscuit cutter to mimic a large pie crust).
- Tuck mini crusts into muffin tins, adjusting to make sure they are even.
- Spoon in filling, leaving a 1/4-inch of crust showing.
- Bake Mini Pies 5 minutes at 425F.
- Reduce heat to 325F and bake an additional 22 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center of pie comes out clean.
- Remove pies, and cool on wire rack.
- Refrigerate; serve with sweetened whipped cream.
FLAKY BUTTER CRUST
1 cup salted butter, cubed and chilled
2 1/4 cups unbleached flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 to 10 tablespoons ice water
2 tablespoons of whole milk, half and half, or heavy cream
TIP: I begin by patting my dough into a 6-inch disc. Next, I pick it up and add a light dusting of flour beneath. I roll the dough out working from center towards the edge facing you. By making a quarter turn of the dough, you keep it from sticking and keep the section you are rolling out (from the center) in front of you! Easy peazy!
Leave a 1/4-inch border of crust above the filling.
Spicy pumpkin goodness in a super flaky butter crust!
Well, the potato salad and deviled eggs were devoured, but the biggest hit was the dessert! Kids and adults alike, couldn't get enough of the Little Pumpkin Pies!
I can promise you, and them, I will be making these Little Pumpkin Pies again and again . . . Over at Julie's!!!