Honeyed Halloween pumpkin pies

  • 40 mins to prep
  • 40 mins to cook
  • Serves 4
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Find our tasty recipe for honeyed halloween mini pumpkin pies – the perfect way to sweeten up a spooky holiday get-together.

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Ingredients

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Method

  1. 1

    Add the flour and sugar to a bowl, add the butter and rub in with fingertips or an electric mixer until it resembles fine crumbs. Mix in the egg yolks and enough water to mix to a smooth, soft dough. Chill for 15 minutes.

  2. 2

    Steam the pumpkin for 10-15 minutes over a saucepan of simmering water until tender. Drain and leave to cool then mash or puree in a liquidiser or food processor until smooth. Add the remaining filling ingredients and mix again until smooth.

  3. 3

    Roll the pastry out thinly on a lightly floured surface, stamp out 12×10 cm (4 inch) circles with a plain biscuit cutter, re-rolling the pastry trimmings as needed. Press the pastry circles into the buttered sections of a 12 hole muffin tin. Reserve the trimmings.

  4. 4

    Pour the pumpkin filling into the pastry cases. Roll the reserved pastry trimmings out thinly, cut into narrow strips with a pastry wheel or knife, brush lightly with milk and arrange as a lattice over the top of the tarts, sticking on to the top edge of the pastry cases with a little milk, and leaving the ends of the lattice a little long. Or cut leaves and arrange on the filling or omit the decoration if preferred.

  5. 5

    Sprinkle with a little caster sugar and bake in a preheated oven 180°C (350°F), Gas Mark 4 for 20-25 minutes. Leave to cool for 20 minutes in the tin. Trim off the excess pastry from the lattice, then loosen the edges of the pies with a round bladed knife, lift out of the tin and carefully transfer to a wire rack.

  6. 6

    Serve warm or cold topped with spoonfuls of whipped cream and a drizzle of Acacia honey.

  7. 7

    Top tips: Flavour whipped cream with a little clear honey and a dash of whisky. Short on time? Use a chilled 500 g (1lb 2 oz) pack of readymade sweet shortcrust pastry. Steamed and pureed pumpkin – or use butternut squash when out of season – subtly flavoured with honey and ground spices then topped with a spoonful of whipped cream and an extra drizzle of honey, a delicious pudding for Thanksgiving or bonfire night.

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