Wondering what to do with extra pumpkin pie filling? Discover creative ways to repurpose extra pumpkin pie filling! From mini pumpkin tarts and spiced pancakes to luscious puddings and homemade ice cream, make the most of your leftovers with these delightful recipes.
Don’t let that pumpkin goodness go to waste – turn it into a variety of delicious treats that capture the essence of autumn.
What to Do With Extra Pumpkin Pie Filling
It doesn’t matter how often I make sweet pumpkin pie, I always have leftover pie filling. I don’t want to just throw it away, and there is no use just sticking it in the fridge until it goes bad. But what can I do with extra pumpkin pie filling?
Here are the best ways that I have found, and some of my favorite ideas on how to use that leftover pumpkin so that it doesn’t go to waste. There are so many delicious pumpkin desserts and other recipes that can use the leftover mixture that there is no need to throw it away. These recipes go beyond the traditional pumpkin cookies, pumpkin cheesecake and pumpkin pie bars.
After you give these amazing ideas a try, you won’t need to be concerned about having extra pumpkin pie filling anymore. These creative suggestions will help you use up every bit of that leftover filling, making sure it’s transformed into delicious treats that bring joy to your meals and gatherings.
What is the difference between pumpkin pie filling and pumpkin puree?
Pumpkin pie filling and pumpkin pie puree are closely connected and share similarities in flavor, yet distinct differences set them apart. However, it’s important to note that they can’t be interchanged in recipes without considering these differences. These variations stem from unique characteristics in both ingredients and the process of preparation.
Pumpkin Pie Puree:
Pumpkin pie puree is made by cooking and pureeing pumpkin flesh. It’s typically made from varieties of pumpkin that are grown for their sweet and smooth-textured flesh.
The process involves removing the pumpkin seeds and strings, roasting or boiling the pumpkin pieces until they are soft, and then blending or processing them into a smooth puree.
Pumpkin Pie Filling:
Pumpkin pie filling goes a step beyond pumpkin puree. It is a mixture of pumpkin puree along with additional ingredients that contribute to the flavor, sweetness, and texture of a pumpkin pie.
These additional ingredients often include sweeteners (such as sugar, brown sugar, or maple syrup), spices (like pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves), eggs (for structure and creaminess), and sometimes dairy (like evaporated milk or condensed milk) to create the pumpkin custards that sets as the pie bakes.
When substituting one for the other in recipes, it’s important to consider the differences in sweetness and spicing, as well as any additional ingredients used in the pumpkin pie filling. If a recipe calls for pumpkin pie filling and you only have pumpkin puree, you might need to adjust the seasoning and sweetness levels accordingly.
How to Store Pumpkin Pie Filling
When you have leftover pumpkin pie filling, you want to make sure to store it properly. You don’t want it going bad before you have the chance to use it in other delicious recipes. Make sure to keep it in an airtight container. Pumpkin pie filling needs to be stored in the refrigerator. The pie filling will last for about 4 to 5 days when stored properly. You can also freeze the pie filling for later.
Ways to Use Leftover Pumpkin Pie Filling
There are so many ways to use pumpkin filling. The most common ways are to make crustless pumpkin pie or to make mini pumpkin pies. There are so many other ways to use leftover filling, whether it is homemade pumpkin pie filling or the kind that starts from the can as pumpkin pie mix.
Freeze for Later
If you’re not ready to use the extra filling immediately, store it in an airtight plastic container or freezer bag in the freezer.
I love to spoon the pumpkin pie spice filling from the large bowl into an ice cube tray. I know it sounds funny, but this lets me get the perfect little portioned sized amounts. Then I take the cubes and place them in a freezer bag. This is a delicious way to take out small amount and add pumpkin flavor to my desserts, small amounts at a time and it lets me be able to not take the whole batch out of the freezer at once.
This convenient option allows you to enjoy the flavors of pumpkin pie whenever inspiration strikes. The pie filling will last for several months in the freezer. Thaw it in the refrigerator when you’re ready to use it again.
Mini Pumpkin Tarts
Make use of your extra pumpkin pie filling by creating adorable mini pumpkin tarts. These individual treats are perfect for gatherings or indulgent snacking. Line small muffin tins with circles of pie dough, either store-bought or homemade. Fill each cup with the pumpkin pie filling and bake until the filling is set and the crust is golden brown. The result is a delightful bite-sized version of a classic pumpkin pie.
Pumpkin Pancakes or Waffles
Elevate your breakfast game by incorporating your leftover pumpkin pie filling into your pancake or waffle batter. The sweet and spiced flavors of the filling will infuse your breakfast with the essence of pumpkin pie. This will give your breakfast a decadent flavor. Serve these pancakes or waffles with a drizzle of maple syrup for an indulgent morning treat.
Transform your leftover filling into creamy pumpkin smoothie. Blend the filling with yogurt, milk (dairy or plant-based), a ripe banana, a dash of cinnamon, and a sprinkle of nutmeg. The result is a deliciously spiced smoothie that captures the essence of pumpkin pie while providing a delicious start to your day.
Create a layered dessert with your leftover pumpkin pie filling by assembling a pumpkin parfait. Alternate layers of the filling with granola, vanilla yogurt, and a dollop of whipped cream. The contrasting textures and flavors create a delightful dessert that’s perfect for a special occasion or a satisfying sweet treat.
Enhance your morning oatmeal routine by stirring in your leftover pie filling. It’s an easy recipe to add flavor to your oatmeal. Combine cooked oats with the filling and a sprinkle of chopped nuts or dried cranberries for a warm and comforting breakfast that embodies the flavors of autumn.
Turn your pumpkin pie filling into a luscious pumpkin pudding. Gently heat the filling on the stovetop while stirring to create a smooth and creamy texture. Once heated, let it cool and then chill in the refrigerator until set. This easy dessert can be enjoyed on its own or topped with a dollop of whipped cream.
Pumpkin Ice Cream
If you have an ice cream maker, use your extra pumpkin pie filling to craft homemade pumpkin ice cream. Combine the filling with heavy cream, milk, and a touch of vanilla extract. Churn the mixture in your ice cream maker to create a creamy and flavorful frozen treat that captures the essence of pumpkin pie. Don’t have an ice cream maker? That’s ok. It’s also the perfect way to make no churn ice cream. Just place it in a loaf pan and cover it with plastic wrap. This is a basic vanilla ice cream base with pumpkin pie filling added to give it an amazing flavor.
Pumpkin Bread or Muffins
Infuse your favorite quick bread or muffin cups recipe with the rich flavors of pumpkin pie filling. Incorporate the filling into the batter, adjusting the sweetness and spices as needed. The result will be moist pumpkin bread recipe and flavorful baked goods that are perfect for snacking or sharing.
Whip up a delectable pumpkin dip using your extra filling. It is a dessert the whole family will love. Blend the filling with cream cheese, a touch of sweetener (such as powdered sugar or maple syrup), and a pinch of pumpkin pie spices. Serve the dip with an array of dippable options, such as apple slices, graham crackers, or ginger snaps. If you want to take it up another notch, add caramel chips or white chocolate chips to the dip.
In conclusion, if you have extra pumpkin pie filling, there are many tasty things you can do with it. You can make mini pumpkin tarts or use it for special pancakes and waffles. Blending it into smoothies or mixing it with yogurt creates yummy treats. Making pumpkin pudding or ice cream is also fun. You can even add it to your breakfast oatmeal for extra flavor. Remember, freezing it is an option too. So, enjoy your pumpkin pie filling in different ways and avoid wasting it!