I’m counting down the days until I get my fill of turkey, stuffing, and especially all those delicious pies. I love pumpkin pie, most pies actually. So I’m sharing with you a pumpkin pie recipe that is really easy to make!
Plus, these petite pumpkin pies are a nice little treat to send your Thanksgiving guests home with. If you attach a small tag with the name of your guests written on it, it would make a great place card too. It’s a really sweet way to have a little party favor and place card in one!
Ingredients For Pie Filling:
15 ounces canned pumpkin
14 ounces condensed milk
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
Ingredients For Pie Crust:
3″ aluminum pie tins
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup ice water
Step Two: Combine all dry ingredients in a food processor and mix thoroughly. Slowly add in chilled butter by pulsing. Add the water in a little bit at a time, pulsing between each addition. Pinch together mixture. Tip: If it sticks together, the dough is ready.
Step Three: Pour out dough onto a clean work surface and lightly knead together. It may take a bit of work to get all pieces together and formed into a ball. Wrap the ball with plastic wrap and let sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
Step Four: Preheat the oven to 425°F. On a clean, floured surface, roll out the ball of dough until 1/4″ thick. Place pie tin upside down on the dough, and cut out a circle approximately 1 inch wider than the circumference of the pie tin. Do this for each pie tin.
Step Six: Fill each pie tin with 1/4 cup of pie filling, and place a leaf cutout in the center. Place all the pies on a baking sheet and bake at 425°F for about 10 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 325°F and allow to bake for another 8-10 minutes. Once done, allow to cool on a wire rack for about an hour.
Step Seven: Cut out an 8 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ piece of parchment paper and a 10″ x 10″ piece of fabric for each pie. Center the parchment paper on top of the fabric, center the pie on the parchment paper, and fold the paper to cover the top of the pie. Fold in the opposite corners of the fabric over the top of the pie, then take the remaining ends and knot them together. Insert a fork, and it’s ready for gifting!
If you don’t have time to make homemade crust, store bought pie crust would work too. It would certainly save you time, but either way, the result is delicious. If pumpkin pie isn’t your thing, use some other filling.
There are so many ways this gift idea can be customized. I also think wrapping them up in vintage handkerchiefs would be another thoughtful idea. These petite pies would make great year round gifts by just switching out the filling for whatever is in for that season. Happy pie making! –Rubyellen
Credits // Author and Photography: Rubyellen Bratcher. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions.