Monday, November 8, 2010

Maple Pumpkin Pie

This week over on From Blah to Ta-daa! we are posting about our family's Thanksgiving Traditions. I'm sure most of you share the tradition of having a pumpkin pie for dessert after Thanksgiving dinner. It is my favorite pie!

This week I tried out a new recipe. I needed give it a test run on my guinea pigs family before bringing it with us to the Thanksgiving Day Dinner.

Maple Pumpkin Pie

One Basic Pie Crust

(From: Pie by Ken Haedrich)
3 large eggs
1 cup light cream or half-and-half
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 15 oz. can or 1 3/4 cups fresh pumpkin puree 

1. Line a 9 1/2 inch deep dish pie pan with your pie dough. Crimp the edges. Place in the freezer while preparing the filling.

2.) Beat the eggs lightly in a medium-size bowl. Whisk in the cream, maple syrup, and vanilla. Combine the brown sugar, flour, spices, and salt in a small bowl. Add the mixture to the wet ingredients and stir well to combine. Add the pumpkin and blend well with a whisk. Carefully pour the filling into the cooled pie shell.

3.) Place the pie on the center oven rack and bake for 25 minutes, then rotate the pie 180 degrees. Continue to bake until the filling is set, about 25 minutes. When the pie is done, the center will not be soupy. The outer area will have puffed a little, and the edges of the pie will have a slight sheen, although the center portion my not.

5.) Transfer the pie to a wire rack and let cool. Serve warm or at room temperature. Or cover with loosely tented aluminum foil and refrigerate until well chilled. Serve garnished with whipped cream.

Note: I covered the pie crust with aluminum foil until the last 15 minutes of baking time. Also it took me 70 minutes not 50 minutes to bake. So trust yourself. If it seems soupy leave it in longer. Trust the description of the finished product to tell if it is ready to remove from the oven.

This pie was pudding like and delicious!

Much of what I am thankful this year seems so basic to others. But truly I am thankful that we have a roof over our heads, food in the cupboards and that my family surrounds me intact and healthy. I am thankful that we are keeping our heads above water financially.

What pie(s) will you be serving after Thanksgiving dinner? What are you thankful for this year?
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