How to decorate a pumpkin pie?
The most traditional Thanksgiving dessert is pumpkin pie, but it’s not always the prettiest. But there are ways to make it much more interesting!
Here are some of the best suggestions for pumpkin pie decorations, including pastry leaves, sugared cranberries, nuts, and more.
Put Some Sparkle & Fun
A fantastic tutorial for making a colorful and sparkling turkey out of pie dough to decorate the top of your pie can be found at Hungry Happenings.
Gorgeous Whipped Cream Topping
The whipped cream rose to the top from I Am Baker is available for those who are truly daring and creative. This is so gorgeous, I can’t stop swooning. Even better, you can omit the sides and simply pipe those roses onto a slice of regular pumpkin pie.
The first time I saw the leaves and pumpkins that were used to decorate the crust of this pumpkin pie from Wild Wild Whisk, I was in awe. It has just the right amount of rustic elegance for a holiday table.
A ridiculously quick and easy decoration on Lovely Little Kitchen can be made to use up any leftover pie dough. Simply use the remaining pie dough to cut out a sizable leaf and place it in the pie’s middle.
Leaves And Vines
If you’re making a slab pumpkin pie like this one or simply want to decorate your pie with a less-heavy pie crust, Crepes of Wrath has you covered. These delicate pie dough leaves and vines add the ideal finishing touch.
Nuts About Nuts!
It can be as simple as a topping of chopped walnuts to take a plain ol’ pumpkin pie to the next level, like this one from Midwest Living. Additionally, the extra crunch is a welcome surprise, especially when it’s accompanied by more whipped cream.
Pie Crust And Whipped Cream
I’ve saved the best for last, so why not use both whipped cream AND pie crust decorations? The pie from Primal Palate is a two-topping knockout of a pie! This is the way to go if you’re one of the many people trying to outdo the other pies on the dessert table.
Make A Whipped Cream Flower
Any custard pie is made spectacular by this enormous flower. The pattern is fascinating and much simpler to make than you might imagine.
The petals maintain their shape thanks to stabilized whipped cream. Fill the center with anything from chocolate chips to butterscotch chips to roasted hazelnuts. In the same manner as this Orange Salted Honey Cake, pipe the petals using a petal-shaped tip. The center of the pie should never be touched by the narrow end of the piping tip.
Make A Toasted Meringue Pumpkin Pie
The toasted topping’s various textures are what give it its WOW factor. It’s crucial to pipe the meringue in a variety of patterns because it’s the edges that will catch fire from a kitchen torch and turn brown.
To create zig-zags, ruffles, bit-and-bobs, and other patterns, combine star and petal piping tips. Or be imaginative and use any ideas and designs you like!
Easy Pie Dough Cut Outs
A simple way to spruce up any pie is to make edible embellishments out of leftover pie dough. Here, baking the cut-outs in a separate oven from the pie is crucial. They won’t sink into the pie if you bake them separately, which also lets you control how brown they get when baked.
For the pie crust, I prefer plunger cookie cutters. Much like the veins on leaves, they add a little bit more texture. Don’t forget to add the egg wash to ensure that they bake up beautifully golden brown!
Pumpkin Pie Decorations
Create a single bottom crust using ½ of the all-butter pie dough.
For the Meringue Topping
2 egg whites
⅔ cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Some inches of water should be added to a saucepan, and it should be brought to a simmer. Egg whites and sugar should be whisked together in the meantime in a mixing bowl. In order to create a double-boiler, place the mixer bowl atop the saucepan. Reduce the heat so that the mixture simmers. The egg mixture should be heated while whisking until it reaches 160F on a candy thermometer or feels extremely hot to the touch.
Return the bowl to the mixer’s whisk attachment while handling it with care. For about 8 minutes, whisk at high speed until the meringue reaches room temperature and maintains stiff peaks. Once combined, stir in the vanilla.
the meringue into two piping bags fitted with various piping tips (I used star and petal tips). On top of the completely cooled pie, pipe meringue zigzags, kisses, and stars. Gently toast the meringue with a kitchen torch until the edges are golden brown.
The meringue may also be piled on top and stirred with a spoon. Here, you want lots of texture so that the edges can toast and brown. If you don’t have a cooking torch, brown the meringue under the broiler.
For the Cinnamon Whipped Cream
1 cup heavy cream
2 to 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Cream and sugar should be combined to form soft peaks. Whip the mixture until thick and smooth after adding the remaining ingredients. Do not over-mix.
The whipped cream should be put in a piping bag with a big petal tip. When piping petals around the edges of a cooled pie, make sure the narrow end of the piping tip is pointing away from the pie’s center. Keeping the center open, keep piping in concentric circles. Chop up nuts, sprinkles, butterscotch chips, and chocolate chips to fill the flower’s center.
For the Cut-Out Pie Leaves
Pie dough scraps or single pie dough recipe
1 tablespoon milk
On a lightly dusted surface, roll out leftover pie dough (or the second batch of pie dough). Use a paring knife or cookie cutters to cut out leaves. The cut-outs should be placed on a baking sheet with parchment paper and chilled for approximately 15 minutes.
As you wait, heat the oven to 400°F. The chilled cut-outs should be covered with the egg-and-milk wash that has been created. The golden brown color comes from baking for about 15 minutes. After the pie has cooled, put the leaves on top.
So, do you understand how to decorate a pumpkin pie? Hope this post will help you a lot. Thank you for reading.