Monday, December 21, 2009

Pumpkin Pie

I love pie. I make my own crusts, which can be used with any fillin'. It is super easy to make, not sure why people make such a big deal outta crust. So if you are still buying it from the store, stop!! Try this:

1 and 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter ( 1 stick)- softened
5 tblsp ICE water

Put the flour & salt in a small bowl, whisk. Cut the butter into little squares and mash into the flour with a fork. Add in 5 tblsp of water, slowly, then start using your hands to kneed the dough. Collect it into a ball, should be a little moist, so not crumbly, but not wet. Wrap in saran and refrigerate for 1/2 and hour or until you need it!!

Now, for the fillin'.

I've made the pie both ways, by buying sugar pumpkins and roasting them and scooping out the flesh, and by opening up a can full of pumpkin pie filling. I hate to admit this, but having done it the labor-intensive way, there was really very little difference in final product. So, I'll tell you how to do it, in case you have some extra time to kill, but in this one instant, I'm gonna advocate for the canned goods.

1 medium-size sugar pumpkin

carefully cut pumpkin in half. discard seeds and stringy bits. Save seeds for roasting if that's your thing. Lightly oil baking sheets, either one large one that will fit both halves, or two smaller ones. also lightly oil the halves themselves, then place face down, with the fleshy parts exposed. Bake @ 325, until flesh is tender when poke with a fork. scrape the warm flesh from the peel. mush or puree in a blender.

Go buy a can of Libby's pumpkin pie filling. open and pour into bowl. Add:

1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp crushed cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg/ allspice
1 tsp salt
4 eggs, lightly beaten
8 oz honey- warm in boiling water in the jar, then pour
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Beat ingredients with a mixer on low. This will make a ton of batter, might be enough for a deep dish pie or two smaller ones.
Bake @ 400 for 50-55 min until fork comes out clean from center

Fresh whip cream to dress it up, and serve!

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