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Hello my little pumpkins and happy Halloween!

I’m not sure when it became a “thing” to wish people a happy Halloween in the warm autumnal daylight of this fine Friday, but still, if a colleague says it to me then I am more than happy to return the greeting.

To honour the occasion, I had made a pumpkin pie. That, and the need to empty out some of the tins from my grocery cupboard. I have made what you could call a “proof of concept” in consulting language, a quick and easy version of pumpkin pie in order to test out the feasibility of using a real pumpkin.

In addition, I conveniently had all of the ingredients in stock, including a tin of pumpkin puree that I bought LAST Halloween – it was still in date though, I checked!

Pumpkin puree

The back of the pumpkin puree tin detailed a recipe, details of which can  be found here

It really was very easy, and just included the two tins above, two eggs, some sweet pastry and some tasty spices…spices

I blind baked the pastry case, and then mixed all the ingredients together with a hand whisk. Pour the mixture in to the pastry case, and bake for approximately 50 minutes.

Pre-oven

I probably cooked mine for either a little too long or at a little too high a temperature, as the pie came out a little brown on top. However this really did not impact the taste at all. In no way did it taste burnt and was still moist and full of sweet, spicy flavour.

cooked pie

Whilst Americans may enjoy pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, I was quite happy to enjoy a slice with a cup of tea. Far more English… pie slice

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One month in to my new job, and several episodes in to The Great British Bake Off (the only TV show I watch), I was inspired to try out a new recipe.

Not just a new recipe, but a recipe for something that I don’t usually enjoy eating, hence why I have never made them before. Bear in mind that my only previous experience of these English delicacies was cold, soggy-bottomed, supermarket versions a long time ago (perhaps they have gotten better since circa 1993?).

The bakers on GBBO made them look so appealing during the technical challenge in “Pies and Tarts” week that I just had to give it a try. The result?

Delicious egg custard tarts!

Paul's tarts

OK so those are Paul Hollywood’s tarts but mine were still tasty! The sweet, crisp almond pastry complements the soft, silky custard topped with a defining sprinkling of nutmeg.

Final tartlets

I used Paul Hollywood’s recipe published on the trusty BBC Food website http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/egg_custard_tarts_15352

A fair few eggs are required…

Beaucoup d'oeufs

…However it is a simple recipe with only a small number of ingredients.

It would also be easy to make this recipe gluten free, by using gluten free flour, such as rice flour. My auntie Freddi asked whether I would be blogging some more gluten free recipes so I will have a think about a couple for next time.

Ingredients

I made two batches, the first were slightly burned however still delicious.

Slightly burned pastry

One piece of advice, let the tarts cool for little while before removing, but don’t leave it too long or they risk being stuck to the tin!

Tarts in a tray

They may not be the neatest, prettiest looking pastries ever made, and mine were certainly not as neat as Paul’s however this did not detract from the taste at all. The recipe warns to eat them within a few days otherwise the pastry will all go soggy, however this was not an issue in our household of two, all of them went in just over 24 hours!

I would definitely say, overcome any childhood prejudices and give these a go. Rather easy and very satisfying. Plus you can make meringues and macarons with the excess of egg whites that you are left with!

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