Pumpkin Pie

As Whitney mentioned, we had Thanksgiving dinner together with her family at Granny's house. Having recently roasted pumpkins from our CSA, we thought it would be fun to put them to use making our first pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. Now everyone knows that cooking for a crowd is never the time to be experimenting, but with no time to test this beforehand, we decided to chance it.

Whitney had selected two recipe possibilities, a Paula Deen one and a Meta Given recipe she discovered on one of the blogs she follows. I thought the Paula recipe might overshadow our fresh pumpkin puree with its abundance of butter, cream cheese, and sugar, so I chose the other recipe. I think it was a good choice! The pumpkin flavor shined through the custard, which was not overly rich.

1 3/4 cups canned or fresh cooked pumpkin puree
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
2 eggs
1 cup cream
1/2 cup milk
Unbaked, unpricked, chilled 9-inch pie shell (I prepared the crust using my Mom's recipe and didn't bother to chill it. The blog we got this from went into a lot of detail about getting a perfectly baked crust, but we winged it and it turned out fine.)

Turn pumpkin into saucepan and stir over direct heat for 10 minutes until somewhat dry and slightly caramelized, stirring frequently. Remove from heat but keep hot.

Mix thoroughly together the sugar, salt, and spices, and stir into hot pumpkin.
Beat eggs, add cream and milk, and beat into pumpkin mixture until smooth.

Pour immediately into unpricked pastry-lined pie pan and bake in a moderately hot oven (400° F) for 25 to 30 minutes or until pastry is golden brown and only an inch circle in the center of the filling remains liquid. Cool thoroughly on cake rack before cutting.

Here's something you haven't seen before - a picture of us together in the kitchen!
Stirring liquid into warm pumpkin.
No more prep pics - Pebbles was hogging the camera!
All done!
Guarding the pie on the way to Granny's
Dessert's ready! This was complemented by coffee and a mincemeat pie.

1 comment:

  1. Brings back memories of a great meal with family and a very delicious pumpkin pie! Love the pics.