Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Pumpkin Pie - Let's Add Some Spice

Let's go back to the 1600's!  Pumpkin Pie did not look like the pies we see today on our Thanksgiving tables. Some recipes called for filling the pumpkin in milk and straining it before putting it into a crust. Another recipe called for layering pumpkins and apples along with thyme and rosemary and some had no crust but instead filled a hollowed out pumpkin with spiced and sweetened milk before putting it into a fire to cook. A big thank you to Libbys for introducing canned pumpkin in 1929 as I'm not so sure I'd be eating it today!  I make around 6 pies every Thanksgiving and apple probably wins out as a favorite but mine is pumpkin!  This is the best of all the recipes I have tried.  It's not too sweet and has a warm, spicy flavor that will make you want a 2nd piece! and maybe even a piece for breakfast!
1 single pie crust (please make your own - its not the hard  - recipe & post to follow.  But if this is your first pie & you're nervous - you can buy a crust! or make a graham cracker crust!  Trust me it's delicious!
1 3/4 cups of pumpkin puree ( don't use the pumpkin pie filling) I like the organic version
1/2 cup plus 3 tbs of dark brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves                                                           
 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbs molasses
1 1/4 cups evaporated milk
3 large eggs

1.  Make the pie crust and cool the BAKED shell
2.  preheat oven to 375 degrees
3.  Place the pumpkin, brown sugar, spices and salt in a large mixing bowl & blend with a whisk
4.  Add molasses, milk and eggs.  Stir with a whisk till smooth
5.  Pour the filling into the pie shell and cover edges of the crust with foil so they wont burn.
6.  Bake in the center of the oven about 1 hour until the top is shiny and set.  Test by inserting a knife into the center and it will come out clean.
7.  Serve warm or at room temp with a dollop of whipped cream

More Pictures to follow after the baking marathon!
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