Mini Pumpkin Pies w/ Press-In Crust
This recipe is super easy and, best of all, super fun for kids. My grandmother taught me how to make press-in pie crust when I was a child, and I have been using this recipe ever since. It saves time and it tastes wonderful, too. It's a fun, sensory activity for kids--sort of like playing with play dough, only you can actually eat it!
How we did it:
- flour (1.5 cups)
- milk (3 tablespoons)
- oil (1/2 cup)
- sugar (2 tablespoons)
- salt (a pinch)
- pumpkin pie filling - or apple pie filling
- small foil pie tin (1 per child)
Make the pie filling, then mix together the dough ingredients. (We used a crumb topping for the apple pie version.) Form a ball of dough. (Younger children may need some help.) The dough should easily form a ball. If the dough is too dry, add a little more milk. If it's too wet, add a little more flour to get the right consistency.
Show your kids how to press the dough into the pan to make a thin crust and crimp the edges at the top. Pull off any extra dough. Then give them their dough and let them go for it!
Have kids scoop the filling from a bowl and put it into their crust. If you've made any crumb topping, have them sprinkle that on top of the filling.
Bake your pies according to the filling recipe, minus a few minutes. (The smaller pies don't take as long to bake.) Once the crust is golden brown and your filling is bubbling, your pies are ready to go. Bon appetit!