|These two are 6-inch "mini-pies"|
|Individual crustless pumpkin pie made by pouring the filling into a greased ramekin|
Pumpkin Pie w/ Cinnamon Hazelnut Crust (Low Carb)
or Crustless Pumpkin Pies (made without crust)
2 cups Hazelnut meal
1 cup almond flour
1/4 cup Swerve sweetener (or equivalent sweetener to 1/4 cup sugar)
4 tablespoons cold butter, diced into small cubes
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 can (15-oz) pumpkin puree (100% pure pumpkin)
3/4 cup Swerve sweetener (or equivalent sweetener to 3/4 cup sugar)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 large eggs (or 1/2 cup Egg Beaters)
1/2 cup half-n-half (or cream)
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Place all crust ingredients in a medium bowl. Cut butter and egg into almond flour, hazelnut meal, cinnamon and Swerve sweetener with a pastry cutter until mixture resembles small pebbles and the flour is thoroughly moistened (the same way you prepare a pie crust). Press crust mixture into pie dish (I use a 10" pyrex pie dish) or 2 smaller 6" pyrex pie dishes or tart pans. Bake for approximately 10 minutes; remove from oven and set aside.
Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees F. In a medium bowl, mix all filling ingredients well until smooth and well blended. Pour filling into pie pan, dish or tart pan(s) with the lightly baked Cinnamon Hazelnut Crust. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes; reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake an additional 15 minutes; reduce heat one more time to 325 degrees and bake an additional 20 to 30 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool for about 2 hours; serve at room temperature or refrigerate.
***Note: If making 2 smaller 6-inch pies or tarts like shown in the pictures, reduce almond flour to 1/2 cup and hazelnut meal to 1-1/2 cups as well as reduce cinnamon to 1/2 teaspoon. If you have extra pie filling left or prefer to have individual crustless pumpkin pies, pour filling into small greased custard cups or ramekins and follow the baking instructions. The pie is done when a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.