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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Pumpkin Pie Wontons

This Autumn, I can't seem to be enough of everything pumpkin. With a pantry full of nothing but pumpkin, I decided it was time to go out on a limb and try something new. Little round shaped discs of dough, otherwise known as wontons are unexpectedly delicious in a variety of recipes. Miniature pumpkin pies ooze with maple and pecans treating the soul to an early and very thankful holiday.

Pumpkin Pie Wontons

1/2 cup 100% pure pumpkin
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1-2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
2 tablespoons chopped pecans
12 wonton wrappers
raw sugar & cinnamon
1 egg
1 tablespoon water

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Sprinkle a thin layer of raw sugar evenly across baking sheet and set aside.

In a small bowl mix together pumpkin, maple syrup, brown sugar, spices, and pecans. In another bowl whisk together 1 egg plus 1 tablespoon water and set aside. Lay out 12 wonton wrappers on a clean surface like a wood cutting board. In the middle of each wonton, place 1 teaspoon of pumpkin mixture. To seal the edges, brush the inside edge of each wonton with egg mixture using your finger and gently folding wonton in half meeting each side together. Dip each wonton in egg wash and place on lined baking sheet. Sprinkle to the tops of each wonton with more raw sugar and finish with a light sprinkle of cinnamon. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. let cool slightly and serve warm. This tasty desert pairs well with a steamy Maple Latte.

Maple Latte

10 oz steamed milk
1 oz espresso
1-2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

Pour maple syrup into mug. Steam and froth milk to 140-160 degrees, set aside. Pour espresso directly into mug and top with stream milk and a dollop of foam. Enjoy!

If you don't have an espresso machine, you can cheat by replacing the espresso with 1 teaspoon instant espresso to 1 oz hot water. Heat milk in a saucepan over medium heat slowly without scolding. You won't be able to obtain the same kind of froth, but can substitute froth with a dollop of light whip cream.

Serves 1

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