For Halloween this year, we’re hosting a pumpkin-themed party to slim down our enormous squash harvest from the family garden. We’ll be serving pumpkin soup with pumpkin biscuits, drinking pumpkin juice, and for dessert? You guessed it: pumpkin pie.
Although we’re baking full-sized pies for the party, I thought it’d be fun to send our guests home with their own individual pumpkin pie-in-a-jar to bake fresh at their convenience. Each pie is the perfect individual-sized dessert, and takes less time to bake than a full sized pie. Just make sure to include instructions for your guests so they know what they’re doing when they’re ready to bake their pie at home.
What You’ll Need:
• (10-15) 4 oz regular mouth jelly jars, or (5-8) half-pint wide mouth jars.
• Accompanying lids and bands.
• 2 cups pumpkin puree (store bought or freshly roasted)
• 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
• 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 2 eggs, plus the yolk of a third
• 3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
For The Crust
• 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
• 1 1/2 stick (3/4 cup) cold butter
• 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
• 2 teaspoons sugar
Mix all of the ingredients for the filling together in a bowl and set aside.
Place the ingredients for the crust into the bowl of a food processor, and pulse until combined. The butter should be evenly distributed throughout the flour mixture in a coarse crumb.
Press the mixture into the sides and bottoms of your clean and dry jars. The mixture should stick to itself once pressed. If not, add another tablespoon or two of cold butter and pulse until you’ve reached desired consistency.
Once all your jars are coated with crust, spoon in the filling, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Place lid and band over pies and store in the freezer until ready to bake.
Note: As an optional flourish, add nuts, crumbled cookies, or dough to the top of your pies. For my pies, I used dough stamped with a leaf-shaped cookie cutter to decorate the top.
To bake, preheat oven to 425°F. Bake pies for 15 minutes, and reduce heat to 350°F. Bake for another 20-30 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
For my pies, I decorated the jars with Halloween-themed tags and labels in the style Spook. I stored them in the freezer until they were ready to gift, and sent them to their recipients with instructions to keep them in the freezer until they’re ready to bake, and included the oven temperature needed as stated above in the instructions.