When the folks at Vermont Farm Table sent me this gorgeous French Tapered Cherry rolling pin to review, I was thrilled! Just in time to try it out on holiday baking. :)
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Mini Pumpkin Pies
(printable version w/o pictures)
(Delicious recipe after the jump!-->)
Adapted from Offbeat & Inspired and Livingwithout
Gather Your Gear
1 C. Sorghum Flour (or substitute sorghum/chickpea flour for gluten-free flour mix of choice)
1 C. Chickpea Flour
1/2 C. honey
2 tsp. flax seeds
Pinch of salt
2 T. coconut sugar (or granulated sugar)
8 T. coconut oil
½ C. cold water
4 tsp. apple cider vinegar
15 oz pumpkin puree (fresh or canned)
3 large eggs
3/4 C. packed brown sugar
1 C. evaporated milk (or 3/4 C. cream and 1/4 C. whole milk)
2 T. unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. salt
Whip it together!
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees, and lightly grease a pie pan or several ramekins (I used 4). In a food processor, combine the flours, flax seeds, salt and coconut sugar. Pulse until the seeds are ground up and mixed, then set aside.
2. Melt coconut oil until it becomes a liquid but is not hot. Add liquid coconut oil to water and cider vinegar, stirring to combine. Pour oil mix into dry ingredients and mix with your hands until just combined or lightly pulse the food processor. Do not over-mix or the dough will become tough. Dough will be a little moist.
3. Divide dough in half, keeping half covered so it doesn't become sticky. Lay the uncovered half on a work surface dusted with flour and form it into a disk. Roll out dough with a floured rolling pin (the French Tapered pin allowed me to work quickly and smoothly to roll out the dough) to ¼-inch thickness. Work fast as dough becomes sticky quickly. Carefully place dough in prepared pie pan or ramekins. Crimp edges and add pie filling. Chill pie for 30 minutes in the freezer before baking. (For a normal-sized pie, you will need to pre-cook the crust, but for ramekins you'll put the filling in then cook.)
5. Bake until the filling is set, 50-55 minutes (same bake time for individual pies & 1 regular pie). The center should jiggle slightly when the pan is given a gentle shake. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
Enjoy the deliciousness that ensues!
Saturday Spotlight #36