Mini Pumpkin Pies
Slightly adapted from “Classic Pumpkin Pie” in the Williams-Sonoma “Essentials of Baking” book.
Crust & Whipped Cream recipes are also adapted from this book.
Yields 6 mini pies
- Crust -
8 tbsp. cold unsalted butter (cut into smaller pieces)
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
4 tbsp. ice water
In a food processor, combine the flour, sugar and salt. Pulse 2 or 3 times to mix.
Add the butter pieces and pulse 8-10 times until the mixture forms large, coarse crumbs.
Add the ice water a little at a time and pulse 10-12 times until the dough begins to form.
Transfer the dough to a work surface and shape it into a 6-inch disk. Wrap it in plastic and chill for at least 1 hour.
- Filling -
1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin puree
3 large eggs
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar (dark or light)
1 cup evaporated milk
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
If you’re using 6 mini cocottes or ramekins, cut your dough into 6 equal pieces and roll them out into circles. Line your cocottes with the dough circles and trim & press with a fork to finish the edges.
If you’re using a regular 9-inch pie dish, roll out the dough into 1 large circle and line your dish, trimming to finish the edges. For 1 large pie, you’ll need to partially pre-bake the crust. To pre-bake, raise your oven temperature to 400 degrees F. Line your pie crust with heavy duty tin foil and fill it with uncooked rice or beans to weigh it down and prevent bubbles from forming during the bake. Place it in the oven, and bake for about 20 minutes until the edges are lightly browned. Set the pie dish on a wire rack to cool before adding your filling. Lower the oven temperature back to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, eggs, brown sugar and evaporated milk. Whisk until smooth.
Slowly whisk in the melted butter, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt until the mixture is smooth and well blended. Pour the filling into your crust(s).
Bake until the filling is set, 50-55 minutes (same bake time for individual pies & 1 large pie). The center should jiggle slightly when the pan is given a gentle shake.
Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
- Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream -
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tbsp. confectioners’ sugar
1 tsp. vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the cream, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla.
Beat with the whisk attachment on medium-high speed until medium peaks form. Medium peaks are just able to hold their shape, but are still soft.
Drop a dollop of cream on each individual pie, or on each slice as you’re serving.