There are certain books I like to reread at different times of the year. Autumn brings to mind the Little House series and Harry Potter, particularly the first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when Harry is setting off for Hogwarts and having the time of his life making friends and enjoying lots of delicious foods, like these sweet vegan pumpkin pasties.
On the Hogwarts Express, Harry buys all kinds of treats from the witch selling snacks, including Pumpkin Pasties, which are like little pumpkin tarts. A recipe for Pumpkin Pasties is featured in The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook, which is a fun read that also has good recipes.
Katherine made the Pumpkin Pasties recently, but she adapted them to be dairy free. She also made them a bit smaller than the original recipe states, to make the dough easier to handle and the finished pasties an easier size for small hands to hold–or pack in a lunch! Finally, she added a bit more seasoning to the filling to make the pasties even tastier.
The filling in these vegan pumpkin pasties is easy for young children to measure and mix all by themselves. They can also measure the crust ingredients into the food processor and process the dough with help. Once the dough is ready, kids can help roll it out and cut out the circles of dough, fill them, and seal them. Because the pasties are small, they make the dough easier to handle. Older children and teens can easily make the entire recipe by themselves. Since this recipe is vegan, there are no worries if helpers sneak a bite of filling!
Special Diet Notes: Vegan Pumpkin Pasties
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, optionally soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.
- 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon cane sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 5 tablespoons dairy-free buttery spread or sticks, cut into chunks
- 3 tablespoons sustainable dairy-free shortening, chilled and cut into chunks
- 4 to 6 tablespoons ice water
- Put the flour, sugar, and salt into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse to combine.
- Scatter the margarine and shortening chunks on top of the flour mixture in the food processor. Pulse about 15 times, or until the mixture forms coarse crumbs.
- Transfer the mixture into a large mixing bowl.
- Sprinkle 4 tablespoons of cold water over the flour mixture. Toss the mixture together with a spatula until it begins to clump together. If the mixture is too dry, add more cold water one tablespoon at a time.
- Form the dough into a ball. Pat it into a disk. Wrap it in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
- Put the pumpkin, sugar, lemon juice, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Mix well.
- Preheat your oven to 400ºF.
- Roll out the chilled dough to ⅛-inch thickness on a floured surface.
- Use a small bowl or saucer as a pattern to cut out 10-14 (3-4.5 inch) circles (Ours were 4.5 inches.)
- Put a heaping 1½ to 2 tablespoons of filling in the center of each circle of dough. Divide any excess filling evenly among the circles of dough. Moisten the edges of a circle with water. Fold the dough over the filling. Crimp with a fork to seal the edges. Cut three slits in the top for steam vents. Repeat with the other circles.
- Bake the pasties on an ungreased cookie sheet for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.
- Let cool on the sheet for a minute, and then transfer the pumpkin pasties to a cooling rack.
- When cool, serve or store in an airtight container.