Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Hand Pies

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Let me just by saying… I LOVE HALLOWEEN!

I dunno, there’s just something about dressing up as a terrifying undead monster and going out in public and meeting other terrifying undead monsters that just really, really appeals to me. I’m not the only one, right?

I mean, I fully admit to being that girl who spends hours on her Halloween costume just for that one night.

Special effects make up and all.

I kid you not.

Exhibit A.

Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 16.02.44I know, I have a problem. But, Halloween.

I also LOVE carving pumpkins!

It’s just basically a way of getting arty with food, so naturally I’m gonna love it. I’m that girl who will carve a pumpkin every year even if I’m not doing anything for Halloween. Just because.

Exhibit B.

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I also love Nightmare Before Christmas.

Anyways, this year I find myself without any Halloween plans. Sad face.

So to compensate, I figured why not make something Halloween inspired that I could eat at least? Because food makes everything better.

Hence, Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Hand Pies!

IMG_1020IMG_0999Like I said, I love carving pumpkins…

IMG_0883I started by making the pastry. I added the flour, sugar and salt to a large bowl, then dropped in the cold cubed butter.

IMG_0893I rubbed this into the flour to form a coarse meal, but with smaller lumps of butter too.

IMG_0898IMG_0907I gradually poured in the cold water, mixing with each addition, until a dough just started to clump together. I tipped this out onto a lightly floured surface and pressed into a large flat square. I covered this in cling film and left to firm up in the fridge for 30 minutes.

IMG_0917In the meantime I made the filling, by adding the pumpkin puree, cream cheese, light brown sugar, double cream, eggs, flour, and spices to a large bowl and mixed to a smooth batter. It will be quite runny, but should be thick enough to stay in place when spooning it onto the pastry.

IMG_0927 IMG_0928 IMG_0952Once the dough had chilled, I removed it from the fridge and left it at room temperature for about 5-10 minutes before I attempted rolling it. This was just to make sure it wouldn’t crack.

I rolled it out to a large rectangle of ½cm thickness, then cut out and even number of pumpkin shapes using a knife and stencil. To half of these I then cut out jack-o-lantern faces.

IMG_0958I then spooned about 1 tablespoon of the filling onto the pumpkins, taking care to leave a 1cm gap from the edge. The amount you use will vary depending on the size of your pumpkins (mine were roughly 10cm wide).

IMG_0964I brushed the edge of the pastry with water, then placed the jack-o-lantern face on top. I pressed down to seal the edges, then crimped with a fork. Finally I brushed these with an egg wash and sprinkled with brown sugar.

IMG_0966I placed these on a lined baking tray and baked at 200°C for 20-25 minutes.

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Leave to cool slightly before eating, but serve warm!!

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Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Hand Pies
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Acorns & Custard
Serves: 12-14

Ingredients

For the pastry:

  • 500g plain flour
  • 4tbsp caster sugar
  • 1tsp salt
  • 250g unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
  • 100ml cold water

For the pumpkin filling:

  • 250g pumpkin puree
  • 120g cream cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 150 light brown sugar, extra for sprinkling
  • 4tbsp double cream
  • 5 heaped tbsp plain flour
  • ½tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼tsp ground cloves
  • ¼tsp ground ginger
  • ¼tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼tsp ground allspice
  • 1 egg, beaten for egg wash

Instructions

For the pastry:

  1. Combine the flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl, or food processor.
  2. Add the chilled, cubed butter and rub into the flour with your fingertips (or pulse several times in the food processor) to form a coarse breadcrumb consistency. It’s good to have a few smaller chunks of butter too.
  3. Gradually add the cold water and mix (or pulse) until the dough just begins to clump together.
  4. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and shape into a rough flat square. Cover in cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes. This can also be prepared overnight.

For the pumpkin filling:

  1. Add all the filling ingredients to a large bowl and mix until you have a smooth mixture.

For the assembly:

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C.
  2. Remove the pastry from the fridge and allow to rest at room temperature for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and roll out to a large rectangle of ½cm thickness.
  4. Using a pumpkin cookie cutter (or a stencil and a knife), cut out an even number of pumpkins from the dough.
  5. Cut out jack-o-lantern faces from half of the pumpkins. Or you can keep some to have full pumpkins too, just score them slightly to look like pumpkins.
  6. Spoon the filling into the middle of the full pumpkins, leaving a rough 1cm edge of pastry around the filling. The amount of filling will vary depending on the size of your pumpkins. (I used 1tbsp of filling for my 10cm-ish wide pumpkins).
  7. Brush around the edge of the pastry with a little water, then place the pastry faces on top over the filling. Gently press down on the edges to seal, then crimp with a fork.
  8. Place on a lined baking tray, brush with the egg wash and sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
  9. Leave to cool slightly, but best served warm! Or at room temperature.

40 thoughts on “Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Hand Pies

  1. Hi I love this idea but I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin do you think I could substitute the pumpkin puree for something like peanut butter and still get the same result ?

    1. Well, the filling is essentially a sort of baked cheesecake (as it’s mostly made up of eggs, cream cheese and sugar!), and the pumpkin puree only adds a flavour to this. I don’t see why peanut butter wouldn’t work! You may need a bit more double cream if the mixture is too thick.

  2. This is a fantastic tutorial. So often I’m left wondering about minute details, which you have magically included. thank you!!

  3. Hi! Are these good the next day? Trying to make a treat like this for an event but it will have to be made a day ahead. Thanks!!

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