I love making pumpkin pie when fall rolls around, but I always have too much filling for one pie crust, but not enough for two. What gives? Is there any way to use the leftover filling? I really don’t like wasting it.
Waste Not, Want Not
Well, Waste Not, Want Not, you bring up a very good question, which is sure to be quite timely for other pumpkin pie fans out there. TRB very recently had this dilemma, and ended up getting rid of the leftover filling – not really the best answer.
So, in a quest for the perfect solution, TRB trolled around online – conducting a very “scientific” Google search for “leftover pumpkin pie filling.” (Truly revolutionary, huh?) Well, Waste Not, Want Not, you are definitely not alone. You’d figure someone would’ve just adjusted the pumpkin pie recipe by now, but alas, it seems there are many alternative uses for this filling – after all, who wants that scrumptious pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger and clove mixture to go to waste??
Here are some of TRB‘s favorite potential uses of the leftover filling:
- Pumpkin Pie Bread Pudding: Break up several pieces of your favorite bread into a baking dish. (TRB bets Challah would work quite nicely!) Then, pour the leftover pumpkin pie over top. Sprinkle with some Turbinado sugar and bake for 45-50 minutes (like you would your favorite bread pudding). Voila!
- Pumpkin Pudding: Pour leftover batter into ramekins and bake it on the same setting and time as you would the pie. Top with some whipped cream and cinnamon. Yummy! (If you prefer, you can take a kitchen torch to the top and caramelize for a creme brulee-like effect).
- Pumpkin Muffins (pictured above): Using the leftover filling, add 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 cup flour, 1 tbsp baking powder and 1/2 cup milk. Pour batter into muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. (Thanks to HomeSchoolBlogger for this tip).
And, when all else fails, you can freeze the leftovers in an airtight container and save for next time – hey, maybe you’ll have enough for two pies then!
Now, the real question is: Which one of these suggestions will you try first?
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