Now that October is here I can finally start thinking about my favorite holiday of the year – Halloween! I love coming up with ideas for spooky bakes, they are just so much fun to make. These Halloween Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin pies take a little bit of time and effort to make but they are so effective and would be a great addition to any Halloween party spread.
They consist of a homemade pumpkin pie base which is topped with a creepy (or cute – the design is up to you!) Jack-O-Lantern face made from pastry. They aren’t complicated to make but you will need to break out your best pumpkin carving skills as the facial details are cut out by hand. I just searched the internet for Jack-O-Lantern faces to get loads of great inspiration for the designs; I went for mostly creepy, evil looking ones but you could do cute or happy faces instead if you like.
You will need eight 4 inch wide tart tins for the pies and a 3 + ¾ inch (or slightly smaller is fine) pumpkin shaped cookie cutter. If you don’t have a pumpkin shaped cutter you can just use a round one instead; your Jack-O-Lantern faces will still look great!
Here’s what you’ll need:
Makes 8 pies.
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ tsp salt
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 large egg yolks (reserve 1 of the whites for glazing)
- 2 ½ sticks cold unsalted butter, cubed
- 1-2 Tbsp ice water
- 1 Tbsp heavy cream for brushing
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp dark or light brown soft sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 15oz can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 1 Tbsp cornstarch
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper (optional)
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup milk