Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The best pumpkin pie EVER.

A shout out to all of my fellow New Englanders at home (though frankly this recipe is excellent for anyone).  But I think it will especially be of interest for all of you.  This recipe is made from scratch by myself.  Here you go:

Homemade Pumpkin Pie with a Pistachio Crust.
Actual photo of the finished product ;-)
1 ½ cup of flour
½ cup of powdered sugar
¼ cup of pistachios, peeled and crushed
1 stick + 1 tablespoon of butter
1 large egg yolk
  1. In a food processor, pulse together the flour, sugar and pistachios.  Add in the butter and pulse until it forms a course meal.  Stir in the egg yolk and pulse again until mixture is just mixed and appears dough-like.
  2. Remove the dough from food processor and press into an already greased pie pan.
  3. Refrigerate the dough already pressed in the pan for 30 minutes before baking.
  4. Bake the dough at 190 C (375 F) for 25 minutes or so, until the edges are light golden brown.
  5. Cool completely before adding the pumpkin filling mixture for baking.
For the pie filling
1 can of canned pumpkin
1 ½ cup of sweetened condensed milk
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
½ cup of brown sugar
½ cup of sugar
1 ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
½ teaspoon of ginger
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  1. Combine the canned pumpkin and milk.  Stir until combined.
  2. Add in the eggs and both sugars.  Stir until just combined.
  3. Finally, add in the cinnamon, ginger and vanilla.
  4. Pour the filling into the completely cooled and already cooked pie crust.
  5. Bake at 218 C (or 425 F) for 15 minutes.  Then reduce the heat to 180 C (or 350 F) and bake for 40-45 more minutes (until the top of the pie appears no longer liquidy or flimsy).
  6. Remove from the oven and cool for at least 1 hour.  Then enjoy!  (One can eat the pie still warm or wait until its cooler, whatever your preference.  I prefer the taste after the pie has cooled and then been refrigerated for a couple of hours.  The crust takes on an almost shortbread-like consistency and the pumpkin pie flavors really meld together well.  YUM!)
Stay tuned for more delectable eats :-D

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