Sunday, December 06, 2009

Mini Pumpkin Pies

Mini Pumpkin PiesEveryone loves breakfast here, it's always a great meal. For about four months I've been avoiding cold cereal--both for the expense and for the lack of nutrition--and I've been quite creative in coming up with alternatives to the ubiquitous bowl of Lucky Charms.

I had a stroke of genius around Halloween when I saved our pumpkins and roasted them up in the oven for an hour at 350 then pureed the remains. I decided that having pumpkin pie for breakfast might be a tasty addition to our menu.

The pumpkin is healthy, the eggs and milk are healthy. There's a bit of sugar and whipped cream but I made these in ramekins without crusts so they're probably healthier and less sweet than a bowl of Fruit Loops. The family was thrilled because who doesn't like pie for breakfast? With a glass of juice or milk and a piece of whole wheat toast you've got a good start for the day.

1 12-ounce can evaporated milk
2 cups pureed pumpkin
3/4 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl with a whisk and beat until thoroughly combined--no lumps. Pour mixture into eight greased ramekins and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Cool and top with whipped cream.

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17 comments:

Tammy said...

Yum! I love pumpkin pie for breakfast anyhow, I'll have to give these a try!

branda50 said...

I love anything pumpkin, so for breakfast sounds perfect to me..

Jennifer said...

I've been using leftover pureed pumpkin in our yogurt with some Pampered Chef Cinnamon Plus to make pumpkin pie yogurt. It is super duper yummy!

Cop Mama said...

Yea, another use for my little ramekins! This sounds so delish! Thanks for the recipe.

Kathy G said...

When I bake the Thanksgiving pumpkin pies, I always have a bit of filling left over; I pour it into a small bowl and bake it, too. However, I eat hot from the oven, usually burning the roof of my mouth because I can't wait.

I've never thought about making it for breakfast.

Shannon said...

I always make extra filling and bake it those same little ramekins for my husband who likes the filling but the not crust. He usually eats them for a late night snack.

Kristen M. said...

These would be perfect for hosting a brunch. Yum!

Melanie said...

that's funny. I have those ramikins and didn't really wanna deal with the crust. Was just thinking about making this. They look like they held up well! mmm love me some pumpkin pie

Katmagick said...

I also love pumpkin for breakfast whether it be pie,pudding or ? My recipe is very similar to yours except I use sweetened condensed milk and No sugar.

jacjewelry said...

How cute are these!

Marlene said...

I was just at a potluck luncheon with some great friends and one of the ladies had made carrot souffle. I had never heard of this and it was delicious, alot like crustless pumpkin pie! All recipes had a bunch of recipe suggestions, apparently its very popular!

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

If pumpkin pie for breakfast is wrong, I don't want to be right. That's all I'm sayin'.

Suzi Dow said...

And here I thought this was my idea except I omit the whipped cream and like to sprinkle crushed gingersnaps on top. FYI: Serve cold with hot chocolate with peppermint stick for a Christmas morning snack that will hold you over until brunch.

Tami said...

Well, it's too late for me to rescue the pumpkins I let the kids toss into the field (to see them explode), but the local critters have enjoyed them (I guess for them it would be like us having your scrumptious pumpkin pies for breakfast!)

and you must be the 'coolest' mom in town...dessert for breakfast!! :)

Great recipe...thanks!

Lauri said...

These are so cute! We love pumpkin pie for breakfast.

~3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

These sound so wonderful and I have some of that pureed pumpkin in the freezer. Thanks for the recipe.

Terresa said...

delish! Thanks for this one!

Happy holidays!!