Every year, hubby has lots of different potlucks and parties at his office, and I always try to create something that looks good and tastes good, but this year, I felt like it was extra important to bring my A-game since we’re new in town. And the quickest way to a co-workers heart? Sugaaaaa.
I also love these little guys for a family dinner because it’s easy to cut the recipe in half, thirds; you could even make the exact number that you need. The worst part about making pumpkin pie is the left-overs. You may disagree, but jeeeeeez; I hate having to fight off pie cravings every time I open the fridge. I was totally lazy and used the Pillsbury pie crusts, but if you’re really inspired, you could make your own!
Before we get to the recipe, I have so many things I need to say about these kitchen tools. First of all, these little pie crust cutters – aren’t they so cute?! I found these at Crate and Barrel while I was roaming around, but they have very similar ones on Amazon. In fact, the Amazon ones give you an extra shape or two. These must have looked fun because hubby even got in on the action. He was all about it… for a second. Then he abandoned me for whatever the fans on the TV were cheering about. Don’t tell him, but I kinda like being alone in the kitchen anyway. It’s my sanctuary where I get to create and make a mess; my no-boys-allowed tree house. Anyone else love their kitchen that much?
Second, I feel like I need to tell you guys about this muffin pan. My last pan rusted, so I threw it away before the move. When I went to order a new pan, I had every intention of just getting the cheapest one I could find, which would certainly rust again, but that’s a different topic for a different day. However, I was immediately drawn to the copper muffin tin. Have you guys seen that commercial with the frying pan? It’s totally stick-free – unbelievable, right? I don’t know about y’all, but I make a mess of our frying pans. Hubby puts in a lot of elbow grease trying to get them clean once my masterpiece has been created. So I was totally curious about this copper pan concept. I decided to test it out on these pies (12 hours before I needed them), thank goodness it was a pleasant experience! I just went for it; no spray, no liners – nothin. Just loaded those little crusts right in there! I was so impressed with the results that I took a post-baking photo to show y’all. I’m not a rep for these pans or anything, I just thought you needed to know that the informercials are every bit accurate.
Also, isn’t it a little nuts that Thanksgiving is next week?! I had no idea it was so soon; but now, I’m ready with this mini pie plan – and so are you! Let the baking commence!