I know I say this all the time, so please forgive the redundancy, but I love Fall!
Today, I decorated the house for Fall...
...and started my morning with a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Sbux!
My friend Jessie is having a birthday get-together today with her husband and their families, and since it's Fall I wanted to make something yummy and perfect to take. I have been craving everything pumpkin lately, and what better to take to a Fall party than pumpkin pie, especially when you're the fourth generation with a pumpkin pie family recipe (thank you Grammy!)?! But pumpkin pie can be messy to eat, and one pie will only feed about 8 people (6 if you're like my family and want your slices big!) so I decided to make hand-pies.
If you don't know what a hand-pie is, it's a small, hand-held foldover pie that is about 2 or 3 bites big. Perfect to eat at a party, not messy, and you can make a bunch of them out of one pie recipe. Oh, and they are pretty dang delicious!
Here's what you need:
(this recipe will make about 40-45 handpies or one regular-sized pie)
1 cup pumpkin (either canned or fresh)
1 cup milk
1 cup sugar
1 tsp flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
Oh, and PS: I'm using my upcycled cookie sheet to message holder to hold my recipe card. It's great, hands-free so your recipe card doesn't get all gross, and soooo easy to make!
If you're making a regular-sized pie, pour it into a 9 inch pie crust.
If you're making mini handpies, pour into a baking dish (mine is 8 inches).
Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes. While it's baking, I made my mini handpie crusts. You have to bake the filling before you put it into the mini handpie crusts because it will be too liquidy if you don't. That does not make for a very yummy (or clean) handpie.
So now it's crust time! I used 4 9-inch premade pie crusts, which makes about 40 mini pie crusts, but only if you take the scraps, reroll them out, and continue cutting crusts until the scraps are too small to use. I rolled out my dough onto a floured countertop and used a standard drinking glass to cut my rounds (a biscuit cutter would work just as well, but I don't have one lol)
So now that my house is all decorated for Fall, smells like spices, and I have warm little pumpkin pie bites to fill my belly, I feel like Fall is truly here! Happy October!