A friend of mine asked me in the last few months if I would consider writing recipes with pop-culture influences. After a little debate, I decided to give it a whirl. Here is the first of many such recipes.
Pumpkin Pastries, based on the Harry Potter series. These tasty treats are eaten throughout the series, but are easily recognized from Harry's original voyage to Hogwarts. These hand held wonders are filled with pumpkin and spice and a whole lot of nice!!!
Full time 2 1/2 hours (includes cooling/setting time)
Makes 64 pastries
2 cups mashed pumpkin (15 oz can)
1 cup evaporated milk
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
You will need pie crust dough enough to make the equivalent of 4 9" rounds. If you want to use store bought, this is 2 boxes.
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
Preheat oven to 425'.
In a large mixing bowl whisk together eggs, evaporated milk, salt, and all of the spices.
Whisk in sugar.
Whisk in pumpkin.
Pour mixture into a baking dish and bake in oven for 15 minutes.
Reduce heat to 350' and bake for 45 minutes or until it has become firm to touch in the middle.
Remove from oven and let cool/set for at least 30 minutes before continuing.
Once ready to continue, preheat oven to 350'.
Roll dough out and cut into 2 1/2" round using a biscuit cutter or glass. Keep re-rolling the dough until you have 64 rounds. (If using a store bought you should get 16 out of each dough sheet)
Lay out rounds, 6 at a time.
Fill with approximately 1 tsp of mixture.
Brush milk around edge of round and fold over to seal.
Using a fork press done enough to crimp edges shut, but not cut the dough.
Move to non stick baking sheet.
Continue until all rounds are filled.
Brush remaining milk across tops of pastries.
Dust lightly with sugar.
Cut three tiny vent holes into each pastry.
Bake in oven 15 minutes or until they begin to golden.
Remove from oven and let rest 5 minutes before serving.