Mini Pumpkin Pies
(Recipe from www.mybakingaddiction.com/mini-pumpkin-pies/)
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15-17 minutes
48 1.75-inch premade miniature tart shells
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons homemade pumpkin pie spice
1 large egg
1 cup pure pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 5-ounce can evaporated milk (this is the small can)
Whipped cream or Cool Whip, optional garnish
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl with an electric hand mixer, combine sugar, salt, pumpkin pie spice, egg, pumpkin, vanilla and evaporated milk. Beat until well-combined and smooth.
3. Line mini tart shells on prepared baking sheet. Using a small cookie scoop (2 teaspoons), fill each mini tart shell with pumpkin pie filling.
4. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until shells are golden and the filling appears to be set.
5. Top with freshly whipped cream or Cool Whip.
Baked Cinnamon Apples in the Microwave
(Recipe from Kristi King, registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics)
4 cups of peeled apple slices
3 tablespoons of sugar or 1-2 packets of artificial sweetener
1/2 tablespoon of maple syrup
1. Place the four cups of apple slices in a glass, microwave-safe bowl and sprinkle the sugar/sweetener and cinnamon – lightly mix so slices are coated.
2. Cook on high for five minutes and remove from microwave.
3. Mix together to ensure coating is on all slices and gradually drizzle maple syrup to taste.
4. Alternative: add 1/2 tablespoon butter or margarine prior to sugar cinnamon mix so the butter/margarine melts during the cooking process.
5. Great served with whipped cream or on ice cream!
Decorative, Mod-Podged Pumpkins
Do you want to decorate your dorm room with some cute fall décor that you won’t have to throw away? If so, then try out this cute DIY pumpkin project that you can reuse next year or keep up all year round!
You will need:
- Decorative paper hand towels (I used Vera Bradley and leopard print ones)
- Plastic pumpkin
- Mod Podge
- Foam brush or paint brush
- Ribbon and charm (optional)
- White spray paint (optional)
- Plastic gloves (optional)
Decide on a paper napkin design. Leopard print is very easy. The bolder the pattern, the easier to follow the repeat around the pumpkin when applying.
If your paper has a lot of white on it you may want to spray paint your pumpkin white so no color bleeds through. If you spray paint the pumpkin, it creates a clearer image.
You will see there is an extra white sheet behind the patterned paper.
Unpeel the inner white sheet.
Cut or tear the napkins in a few strips.
Trim off any border detail on the napkin.
Apply Mod Podge with your brush to a section of the pumpkin the size of your paper strip.
Press your paper down gently, being careful not to tear it, and then tap it gently
Apply a light coat of Mod Podge over your strip
Apply the next paper towel strip lining up the pattern as best as you can. (Follow the order you tore the paper).
Continue around the pumpkin. Let dry and do the bottom.
Once you are finished, give your pumpkin one or two coats overall of Mod Podge.
Once dry, your pumpkin will look great! You can add embellishments like a ribbon and charm if desired.
Story by freshman Meaghan Dye