Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thanksgiving Things & Pumpkin Pasties

Are you in need of some Thanksgiving inspiration? I've compiled a few Thanksgiving tablescapes that I like and shared the plan for our Thanksgiving menu + the recipe for these delightful Pumpkin Pasties. Pumpkin Pasties are like pumpkin hand-pies. They are wonderfully spiced, crispy on the edges and they melt in your mouth. 

The Pumpkin Pasties recipe can be printed here, or you can scroll to the bottom of the page.

Harry Potter Pumpkin Pasties

Holy cow! You guys, Thanksgiving is only one week away. I'm hosting for the first time ever, in our tiny little duplex's kitchen. Eeek! Is anyone else hosting this year? I just want to share some of the thoughts, plans and inspiration I have had in my head for the last 6 months.

I have all these wonderful visions of what my table will look like, but we will see how much I get done. And it seems like things don't like to work in my favor, so I'm fighting the odds here. No, Effie, the odds are not in my favor. Ever.

Thanksgiving Table Inspiration: 

Are you ready to move on to the menu? I'm not. My head is spinning.

Thanksgiving Menu:
  • Bourbon Glazed Ham (I'm not a turkey fan, making this one up as I go)
  • New Potatoes with a Garlic Cream Sauce
  • Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Onion & Garlic
  • Green Bean Casserole (my favorite)
  • Pumpkin Dinner Rolls (they are adorable)
  • Pecan Pie Cheesecake (I will share my secret recipe for this one after Thanksgiving)
  • Pumpkin Pie (just traditional, I like to use the Libby's recipe)

Ok, so we've finally reached that point where I share with you the Harry Potter inspired Pumpkin Pasties that I created for our Harry Potter party. They were fun to make, and incredibly mouth-watering. The crust was nice and flaky and the soft centers were spiced pumpkin perfection.

I think these pies would make an adorable addition to your Thanksgiving spread. Especially for the little ones. How cute would they look in the hands of a toddler? 

Harry Potter Pumpkin Pasties

I want to note, I am going to retake these photos. I had terrible lighting and took these in a rush as I got ready for the party. Unfortunately, I don't stay home all day and the lighting is not always perfect. I will be remaking these and shooting them again. In the mean time, bear with me, pretty please.  :)

Harry Potter Pumpkin Pasties

Harry Potter Pumpkin Pasties

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: approx. 20

2 refrigerated pie crusts (I cheated and used Pillsbury brand, and was actually very pleased with it.)

1 cup 100% pure pumpkin puree, canned or homemade
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed2 tablespoons granulated sugar1/4 teaspoon nutmeg1/2 teaspoon cinnamon1/4 teaspoon cloves1/8 teaspoon ground ginger1 egg + 2 teaspoons water, mixed for egg wash
coarse sugar for sprinkling


Step 1: Preheat oven to 400° F, move oven rack on middle position. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Step 2: Combine pumpkin puree, brown sugar, 2 tablespoons sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and ginger in a bowl; whisk together until well combined.

Step 3: Roll out one of the chilled dough sheets on lightly floured surface. Use round cookie cutter, biscuit cutter or the rim of a glass to cut out circles from dough. Re-roll dough scraps as needed to get as many circles out of it as you can. Lay half your dough circles out on the baking sheets. 

Step 4: Place a heaping spoonful (approx. 2 tablespoons) of pumpkin filling in center of each dough circle. Moisten edges with water. I like to use a paintbrush dipped in water for this step. Lay a reserved dough circle on top of the filling, and use fork to crimp edges. Cut slits on top of each pie, and brush with egg wash, then sprinkle with coarse sugar. Repeat until all dough and filling is used up. 

Step 4: Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until tops are golden brown. Let cool on wire rack.
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Moistening the edges of the crust, Step 4. 

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