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Geek Feast Blog Hop

Posted by on December 14, 2015

blog hop Geek Feast

Let the feast begin!

Come in and have a seat! Want some Butterbeer or Pumpkin juice? Actually, I think what I have to offer you today goes very well with Chai.geek feast final

Pumpkin Pasties!

The traditional pasties of Cornwall is a more of a savory dish, but since these pasties were offered with all the sweets on the Honeydukes Express trolley, I went with sweet! They were so yummy. I think I might actually try making some savory pasties next time. Not with pumpkin, mind you.

geek feast ingredientsSo here is the recipe for your indulgence, inspired by Libby’s pumpkin pie with a few of my own tweaks, and my good old trusty Better Home and Gardens Cookbook that has seen better days. Ha!

The Pumpkin Filling

1 can of pumpkin
1 cup of brown sugar
1 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp of clove
2 eggs
a dash of evaporated milk

Preheat oven to 425. Mix it altogether and set it aside.

The Pastry

Would you believe this is my first attempt at making a pie? I did attempt a peach cobbler once. Yum! But not a full on pie. I am more of a chocolate lover, you know. Unless it’s a rhubarb oatmeal crisp. Excuse me while I wipe the drool from my computer.

So my son was begging for a pumpkin pie. Yes, my extremely picky-eater son. So I did. I made a pastry for a double-crust pie and split it into two. I used one half to make my son’s much asked for pumpkin pie, and used the other half for my pasties. Not sure how well they turned out. But the baked crust tasted way better than the raw one. Hey, don’t judge. I get curious when I’m baking.

This recipe is taken from my Better Homes and Garden Cookbook, but I used butter instead of lard/shortening, and I think next time I might use a little less salt. geek feast pie and pasties

2 cups of flour
2/3 cup of cold butter
1 tsp of salt
6-7 Tbsp of cold water

Mix salt and flour together and then cut in the butter with a pastry cutter or you can use a fork or two until it’s all cut in and the flour looks like crumbly peas. And then throw the water in and mix it up. Divide it into the sections you need. I had divided the pasties only into two. Next time, I would probably do four. And then roll the section out on a floured surface. Place as much as the filling as you can on the pastry, fold it, and then press the edges with a fork.

Would you believe I don’t remember how long I cooked it for??? I had both the pie and the pastry in the oven and was following the can’s instructions on how long to cook a pumpkin pie, and I just watched it. I probably need to make this again soon, you know, for posterity. Ha!

Bake at 425 for 15 minutes, and then reduce heat to 350 and bake until the crust starts browning nicely. If you can’t tell from the pictures, I had big pockets of air in there…so I did what any self-respecting muggle would do. I filled it with whipped cream. 😀

geek feast pasties

Don’t forget to visit the other bloggers! Some of them will be offering mini giveaways of their own, so mingle, be merry, and enjoy the feast!

The Giveaway

We are giving away the Geeky Chef Cookbook, a Nessie ladle, and $10 Amazon gift card. Thank you Christina Maloney for contributing to the gift card! She is an awesome cook and photographer and shares my love for Harry Potter. Make sure you stop by and say hi!

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Blog Hop Participants

J. L. Mbewe
Laura VanArendonk Baugh
Josh Smith

H. A. Titus
Aaron DeMott

Christina Maloney  
Janeen Ippolito

18 Responses to Geek Feast Blog Hop

  1. sparksofember

    I make pies every now & then but have never tried pasties. I do like to make mini pies out of a muffin pan which I imagine is similar. I wonder if the filling is better if it is thickened up somewhat from a regular pie filling? Kudos for trying – they look and sound yummy!

    I really don’t know what is my favorite fictional food. I’ve always been curious about Lembas (elvish waybread). As for who I would want to eat with, I don’t know… Kind Edmund maybe?

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Thanks! Yeah, a kind Edmund would be great.

      Having a thicken filling would be better, I think. Its not trying to squeeze out on you when you are trying to close it up. That’s why I left out most of the milk that would have gone in for a regular pumpkin pie, but even then, I would have preferred even a thicker filling. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Josh Smith

    Those sound great! I’m going to try making some traditional New Zealand meat pies for Christmas this year. I’ll have to try your recipe.

  3. Georgina

    Yummy! Your Pumpkin Pasties sound delicious. 🙂
    I was about to say the person I would most like to dine with is Aragorn for the company and conversation (with possibly a spontaneous song/poem recitation) but that got me thinking of Middle-Earth and how could I visit and not eat with a Hobbit? So I believe I would most like to dine with Samwise Gangee and Rosie! 😉

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Thank you! They were delicious!

      Agreed on the hobbits…maybe you could attend a reunion party or something. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Abby C.

    I visited Josh Smith’s website!

    I would love to have dinner with either Bilbo or any good character from Redwall! Both have such wonderful food and warm, comfy settings; and the conversation and stories would be fantastic!

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hi Abby! Thanks for stopping by! So what did you think of the blueberry scones, then? Were they Redwall approved???

      I like the sound of wonderful food and comfy settings. 🙂

  5. Susan Heim

    I’d love to dine with Hermione Granger and try Butterbeer.
    P.S. I visited Josh Smith’s website!

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Awesome Susan! I think I would too. The whole world of Hogwarts and all, would love to visit. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  6. Michelle Willms

    I used to make fried pies all the time. Then, I tired of the greasiness and baked them. I seemed to be the only Southerner who liked them better that way.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hi Michelle! You know…I don’t know if I ever had a fried pie. 0.o Perhaps I should try one. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Rebekah Loper

    I almost wonder, since you said in the comments that you wished the filling had been thicker, if it would work with an already cooked pumpkin custard? Then just putting it in the pasty crusts, and cooking long enough to cook the crust. Just a thought! 🙂

    • J.L. Mbewe

      That might work! Or, or, or pumpkin cheesecake!!! Ha! Since this was my first attempt at pumpkin pie and pasties, I didn’t want to experiment too much, but now that I have something to work with, I will be experimenting! We shall see! 🙂

  8. Crista N

    Oooo yummy!!!! I LOVE holiday foods!

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Me too! That’s what inspired the idea behind the Geek Feast. Who knows, maybe it’ll become an annual thing??? Thanks for stopping by!

  9. The Artist Librarian

    I’m not usually a pumpkin fan, but it looks pretty (and rustic)!

    I don’t know who in particular I’d want to dine with … but Redwall Abbey is where’d I’d want to be! Brian Jacques’ descriptions make their food sound divine!

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