Monday, October 31, 2011

Menu Plan 10/31 to 11/6

This week is going to be crazy, crazy, and I have no menu plan.
George has his surgery on Tuesday morning, so we have no idea how he is going to feel after that.
We will all probably be eating a lot of pudding and jello.
That is fine with me.
Today is Halloween/Reformation Day, so I am just going to post a little recipe that I make every year. 
It is a festive little treat that I found somewhere online.  They are cute and taste really good.  Can't beat that combination.
Pumpkin Pie Bites

• 1 package Rolled, Refrigerated Pie Crust
• 8 ounces, weight Cream Cheese, Room Temperature
• ½ cups Sugar
• 1 cup Canned Pumpkin
• 3 whole Eggs, Divided
• 1 teaspoon Vanilla
• 1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
• Pumpkin-shaped Cookie Cutter About 3 3/4 Inch Wide
• ½ cups Chocolate Morsels
• Vegetable Oil
• Re-sealable Plastic Bags
Preparation Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Use the cookie cutter to cut 12 pumpkin shapes from each pie crust. You will need to roll the dough thinner than it comes out of the box.
Press dough shapes into a 24-cup mini muffin tray. (Make 12 at a time, alternating cups to make sure pie crusts don’t overlap each other.)
Apply egg whites from one egg to the top edges of each pie.
Mix cream cheese, sugar, canned pumpkin, remaining 2 eggs, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice together until thoroughly combined.
Spoon mixture into each pumpkin-shaped pie crust.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
Remove pies to cool and repeat with the second pie crust. Place the muffin tray in the freezer to cool it quickly for re-use.
Makes 24 pies. Keep refrigerated.
To decorate, melt chocolate in a heat-proof bowl in the microwave on medium power. Heat in 30-second intervals, stirring in between until melted. Add a little vegetable oil to make the chocolate more fluid. Transfer to a re-sealable plastic bag and cut the corner off. Drizzle or draw faces on pies.
Note: The cutter I used was 3 3/4 inches wide, but if you don’t have one, don’t worry. Just use a round cutter around that size or slightly smaller to cut circle shapes out of the dough. Then make stems with the scraps. Press each stem over the edge and down the side of the dough before filling.
Pumpkin pie spice is a mixture of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice.

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