Monday, October 18, 2010

Mini Fresh Pumpkin Turnover Recipe

These mini pumpkin turnovers are a delightful treat, great with coffee, tea, and a nice surprise in anyone's lunch box!

We just love turnovers all year long.

I know when you think of pumpkin, you think of fall immediately right?

Well, for pumpkin lovers like us, we love it all year round.

In fact, we grow pumpkins, freeze them in baggies, and have it all year round because we love these turnovers so much!

If you're not so fortunate to grow them, buy them at the end of the season, they are inexpensive and check out my instructions for cooking them.

Oh, and if you love pumpkin seeds roasted, don't miss this recipe!

You too can learn how to make small pumpkins easily in a slow cooker and fresh the pulp for the best desserts year-round!

mini handpie turnovers filled with pumpkin and air fried

This is homemade roasted pumpkin puree and the shell of the sugar pie pumpkin is in the background

Pumpkin Fresh or Canned

Pumpkin fresh is best always, it's pure and sweet like sugar pumpkins are supposed to be naturally.

When my kids were babies, I roasted sugar pumpkins all the time every winter, and they gobbled that warmed puree up and always wanted more.

It's great for baby food if you have lots of leftovers!

Canned is fine if your pressed for time and aren't fond of baking, no problem and yes it's quite a time saver.

this is homemade pumpkin puree custard in a square corning ware dish with bluebirds on it

Pumpkin Turnovers

Flaky pastry, delicious smooth custard homemade filling, and the aroma baking shouts fall all the way!

Seriously, the smell will make your mouth drool and be very impatient to eat the first one!

Whether you make this recipe all from scratch or semi-homemade with some store-bought ingredients any pumpkin lover or no pumpkin lover
will love these.

One of the most delicious pastries in fall our these fresh pumpkin turnovers.

They're delightful with a cup of hot apple cider and cinnamon.

On a cooler night just before Halloween, mom and I would make these.

We would then go to a local farm that had a haunted hayride and enjoy the evening. The biggest treat was waiting at home with these pumpkin turnovers. Good memories with delicious comfort food, made the perfect evening.

This is homemade pie dough filled with pumpkin filling and made into turnovers

Family Tradition and Memories

As the years past, there were no more haunted hayrides, but every October I make these with her memory right there with me in the kitchen.

The parties, the fun of little children helping in the kitchen and learning to cook playing with the dough was priceless.

Now with having grandchildren, I am starting more memories with them too.

This is homemade pie dough filled with pumpkin filling and made into turnovers


This was a perfect comfort fall dessert and a great place to start with the kids to learn!

The experience isn't the same but the end result of these delicious pumpkin turnovers will remain a traditional must make before Halloween.

Everyone loves them, they really are a delight.

They may be a little work but really worth the effort.

The fresh taste of pumpkin and pie crust baked till golden brown, then drizzled with icing.

These are really easy to make, they just take a little more time.

This is homemade pie dough filled with pumpkin filling and made into turnovers


  • preheat oven
  • lightly grease the custard pan
  • poke holes in the turnovers
  • fold over and crimp pie dough edges
  • brush with milk, egg beaten
  • sprinkle with regular sugar or cinnamon sugar
  • flour the board when rolling out
  • place on parchment paper-lined cookie sheets for easy removal
  • these do not freeze well, too soggy
  • this can also be air fried for 7 minutes, do not miss the milk or egg wash brushing step

This is homemade roasted pumpkin puree and the shell of the sugar pie pumpkin is in the background

More Recipes You May Like

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Pumpkin Whip Dip Recipe
Glazed Pumpkin Spiced Breakfast Scones
Pumpkin Spice  Rum Cookies
Pumpkin Mini Turnovers
Baked Mini Pumpkin Donuts
French Pumpkin Mini Muffin Puffs
 Italian Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin Smoothie
Pumpkin Cake Mix Cookies
Crockpot Pumpkin Spiced Latte
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Amaretto Pumpkin Cheesecake
Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
Roasted Pumpkin Puree

mini handpie filled with pumpkin ready to bake

Ingredients You Will Need

this is a bowl in a stainless steal mixing bowl of homemade pie dough for turnovers

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Fresh Pumpkin Turnovers Cooking Methods Made Easy

The best part about this recipe is not only can these be baked, they also can be fried in oil or air fried by spraying them with cooking oil.

If you would like to try frying these turnover/handpies on the stovetop, just add around 2 inches of vegetable or canola oi, heat the oil, place a small piece of dough in the oil, when it starts to sizzle, add the pies one at a time and do not crowd them.

For Air Frying is a wonderful new technology. Spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil then heat to 375 degrees. Place the turnovers/handpies in the basket do not crowd them and spray the handpies with cooking oil. Fry for around 7 to 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Enjoy one of fall's best desserts and if you have the time make your pumpkin puree, freeze it and make these delicious turnovers all year long!

This is homemade pie dough filled with pumpkin filling and made into turnovers

Mini Fresh Pumpkin Turnover Recipe

Yield: 12
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 45 Mtotal time: 60 M
these are a perfect dessert for all pumpkin lovers! homemade pie dough with the fall filling of pumpkin all fresh!


  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 - 1 lb. can pumpkin
  • (or 2 cups fresh, recipe)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 2/3 cups evaporated milk
  • pie crust store-bought or homemade


How to cook Mini Fresh Pumpkin Turnover Recipe

  1. Mix the above ingredients all together till well blended. See below instructions.
  2. Those ingredients are for the filling.
  3. You will need to buy or make pie crust pastry homemade or store-bought (enough for two single standard pie crusts) I would buy extra just in case you need it for anything else. You can use the refrigerated kind or in the frozen food sections thawed.
  4. milk for brushing the tops before baking
  5. granulated sugar
  6. optional: powdered sugar and water glaze or just cinnamon and sugar mixture for the garnish
  7. After mixing the filling altogether, bake the filling by itself on the 425-degree oven,
  8. Bake the pie filling only (no crust) in a large greased pan dish for 15 minutes. 
  9. Keep the oven door closed and reduce temp to moderate and continue baking for 45 minutes or until a table knife inserted in the center of the dish comes out clean. 
  10. Cool on wire rack.
  11. Roll out the dough thin 1/4 inch in thickness and cut into circles a (cereal bowl size) in diameter or at least 4 inches.
  12.  Put a spoonful of the cooled pumpkin mixture towards one side of the center of the circle.
  13.  Fold over the crust into a half-circle, firmly press the edges, close, and seal with a fork.
  14.  Brush with milk or egg wash to seal tops and then sprinkle with sugar. 
  15. Slice three small slits in the top so they won't puff up and burst, place on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet, and bake only until crust is a light golden brown. 
  16. These are best eaten the same day, the crust will get soggy, and make sure you refrigerate leftovers, as they will stay better in refrigerated. 
  17. Frost if you like with confectionery sugar and water glaze and drizzle over the top of each turnover.
  18. Note Update: I have now also air-fried them and they come out great 7 to 10  minutes!
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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Italian Style

these are pumpkin filled turnovers pan fried

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Savory Pumpkin Cheddar Scones
Pumpkin Pie
Easy Pumpkin Cheese Pie
Best Ever Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream
Pumpkin Fritters
Baked Pumpkin Pecan Donuts


  1. Since Halloween is coming, a lot of people start writing recipes using pumpkin... :p
    Anyway, i don't really like pumpkin but ur picture almost tricked me to buy pumpkins and start cooking... hahaha... :D Great recipe!

  2. this is my favorite too...
    I hope post more recipes.

  3. Oh my gosh! Your blog is looking great and Ive missed out on so many posts! This pumpkin turnover looks so yummy!

  4. Claudia,
    These are really cute pumpkin pies!

  5. Thanks for posting this...can't wait to make these! Blessings, K

  6. what a fun fall recipe! I have never seen a pumpkin turnover before!!

  7. I love everything based on pumpkin and these look so yummy! Wish I had a bite right now!

  8. yum, i love turnovers with their flaky crust, but i don't believe i've ever had a pumpkin one. delicious recipe!

  9. This looks great Claudia!! I wish I could chew. I'll be trying this during pumpkin season.

  10. I'm loving all the pumpkin recipes I see this year. Nice to have some new things beyond pie and muffins.

  11. The pumpkin filling is gorgeous and perfect for this time of year. My kind of turnover for sure.

  12. I love turnovers. Pumpkin sounds like a great idea!

  13. lovelypumpkin turnovers...something new for a change....great fall lunch box :)

  14. Of course I want these on my table. And all those pretty pumpkins,too!It sings of autumn.

  15. The filling is great and the glaze very tempting!

  16. Ugh, why do I have to be on a diet right now?? I'm hungry.

  17. YUM! Pumpkin turnovers?! these sound delicious..

  18. delicious steps
    an award for you

  19. I've seen all kinds of turnovers but I don't think I've ever seen pumpkin ones. I'd love to find these delicious treats in my lunchbox!

  20. Oh yum!!! This looks like the perfect fall treat, whether it makes it into the lunch box or not :) haha

  21. my insulin is rising just taking a peek at this stuff

  22. I don't think I have ever had a pumpkin turnover, so many other flavors but not this one - what a great idea and fabulous mini pie

  23. It's fall! Looking forward for more pumpkin recipes coming up soon. As always, yours look amazing! Thank you and hope you're having a fabulous day.
    Blessings, Kristy

  24. I make similar turnovers around Christmas time with chocolate chestnut and almonds. These have a superb filling...especially since at this time of year I am spoiled with squash ready to make recipes ;o)

    Ciao for now,

  25. Bang goes the diet with that recipe. Wonderful flavors. I can taste them now.

  26. These turnovers are so adorable looking and they look like I would eat a whole batch myself. Times like this I wish I could just reach for one through the monitor.

  27. More pumpkin recipes please!! I just bought more fresh pumpkins last week! After promising my family there wouldn't be anymore pumpkin recipes LOL I love these turnovers!


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