Mini pumpkins are a cute and fun way to serve up this classic dessert.
I love Autumn. The colorful leaves, the foggy mornings, the cool mist that settles on the ground at night. Everything about it creates the perfect atmosphere for baking in the kitchen and filling your home with the warm, sweet and spicy aromas of the holidays.
Another thing I love about Autumn is the bounty of colorful squash. All different colors, shapes and sizes, squash is a vegetable that's not only beautiful, healthy and delicious, but it's also nostalgic. What images and memories does the word "pumpkin" bring to your mind? It means lots of fun childhood memories for me and a home filled with the smell or all kinds of delicious pumpkin baked goods. And of course there's nothing that spells Autumn baking better than a homemade pumpkin pie.
Here's an original twist on traditional pumpkin pie: Your favorite pumpkin pie filling baked inside of a mini pumpkin and topped with a wonderfully flaky lattice pie crust. They're not only delicious, they're beyond adorable! Serve these to your guests and watch their eyes light up with delight as their very own mini pumpkin lattice pie is placed in front of them.
Preheat the oven to 425ºF.
Place all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Beat the mixture until thoroughly combined.
Cut off the tops of the mini pumpkins and use a spoon to hollow out the interior. Leave at least a 1/4-inch of pumpkin flesh around the perimeter.
Fill each mini pumpkin cavity with pumpkin pie filling, making sure to fill it all the way to the top.
Wrap some aluminum foil over the mini pumpkins and place the pumpkin "lids" on top. Bake the pumpkins for 35 minutes. Remove the pumpkin lids and set aside so they don't over bake.
Remove the mini pumpkins from the oven, remove the foil and reduce the heat to 400ºF. Let them cool for 5 minutes before putting the lattice pie crust on (the dough will melt!). To make the lattice, unroll a Pillsbury pie crust and cut it into quarters. Then slice thin strips in each quarter.
Make a lattice top on each mini pumpkin. Return the mini pumpkins to the oven (not the pumpkin lids) and bake for another 20-25 minutes until the lattice pie crust is golden brown.
Let cool for 20 minutes before serving. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.
For more delicious baked goods, visit Kimberly's food blog, The Daring Gourmet.