Zainab Storms of Blahnik Baker is a baking enthusiast, food photographer, shoe addict, neuroscience PhD student and food blogger. Unlike most people, she didn’t grow up baking with her grandmother or mother - she taught herself after attempting a cake for her husband on Valentine’s Day. Zainab lives in New York with her husband and can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.
One of my favorite things about the fall, besides the beautiful foliage and instant need to wear boots, is the return of comfort foods and pies. I love baking pies, and they are one of the best comfort foods. I love the way they make my kitchen smell when they are in the oven. It gets the whole house excited!
To capture the essence of fall and ensure I saved up (ahem, bottled up) some of the best parts, I made homemade pumpkin butter in my slow cooker this year. It’s the easiest recipe you will find and so delicious. Spiced pumpkin puree (fresh or canned) is combined with brown sugar and apple cider. Simmer on low for 5 hours and viola! Lovely pumpkin butter that you can bottle up to enjoy during the predicted long winter.
Pumpkin butter is very versatile. You can enjoy it as a spread on your morning toast, a dip for your snacking apples or butter for dinner rolls. Or in my case, use it as pie filling!
For these pumpkin hand pies I am sharing today, I used my homemade pumpkin butter as filling instead of traditional pumpkin pie filling. These hand pies are made of a buttery, flaky crust and are filled with a lightly spiced and sweet pumpkin butter filling to give you the perfect bite-sized pie. I hope you enjoy it!