Last year I decided to experiment with our regular pumpkin pie recipe and create some mini ones that I could make ahead and gift to people in our neighborhood. I knew they were going to spend Thanksgiving alone so I hoped these would bring a little joy to them. These little pumpkin pies with their various decoration and the praline topping were very gratefully received and I’ve been asked by a few people to share the recipe so here they are my delicious mini pumpkin pies.
Mini Pumpkin Pies
When I found out last year that so many of our neighbors would be spending Thanksgiving at home, far away from their family and friends due to the pandemic, I wanted to share a little bit of Thanksgiving with them each. So I rustled up these mini pies that were ideal for them to enjoy.
They are made with homemade pie crust, pumpkin pie filling and even my favorite delicious praline topping!
Each pie is just 4″ in diameter and we made them in a Wilton’s 4-Cavity 4” pie pan. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to make that pie pan anymore but they do make 4-Inch Mini Individual Pie Tins which would be ideal to make these in.
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Pie Crust Tips and Recipe
Although we love our simple pumpkin pie recipe it does taste delicious for these pies I decided to go back to my grandma’s traditional pie crust recipe.
This meant shortening, cold hands and making very sure not to over-knead the pie crust dough so it doesn’t break the gluten bonds.
If your kitchen is particularly warm you can cover in saran wrap and place and refrigerate for around 20 minutes to cool the pastry down.
I still use my grandma’s pastry rolling pin, it’s a marble one so keeps cool and doesn’t stick to the rolling pin.
You’ll need to cut your pie crust around 1/2″ larger than your pie tin so I cut ours at 4 1/2″ which was perfect for making these little tasty Thanksgiving desserts.
How many Individual Pumpkin Pies Does this Make
Although I’ve called these mini pumpkin pies, each one is the perfect size for an individual to although could be shared.
The recipe for the pie crust and filling makes 12 pies, which I bake in 3 batches.
Topping the Pumpkin Pies
With a little extra time on my hands as my kids were doing remote schooling so no school runs I decided to decorate them with different topping.
A latticed pastry topping, cute fall shapes which I used my fall cookie cutter set for, and a homemade praline topping which I’ve included in the recipe for you as well.
As I said the kids were on remote learning so I had some extra time before Thanksgiving with no school runs. I was able to make these ahead and leave them covered in the refrigerator to chill for a couple of days before taking them to our neighbors.
How to Make Mini Pumpkin Pies
So here we go the full recipe (including that praline topping I promised) for some mini pumpkin pies. Perfect for sharing with neighbors this year.
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