days of pie

Posted on October 20th, 2011 by mountain girl  |  6 Comments »

I picked up a couple of pie pumpkins at Whole Foods yesterday, and Caleb and I made pies.

I came up with the recipe below by combining a few different pumpkin pie recipes, pulling what I liked from each – and poured them into my grandma’s flaky pie crust.

The boys insisted that pumpkin pie absolutely needs whipped cream, so Caleb whipped up a bowlful of the creamy goodness. We used a pint of organic heavy cream and a quarter cup of sugar. To me that seems like a lot of sugar, but everyone here (except me) simply loves extra-sweet sweets.

Zia opted for a cup of whipped cream and didn’t even taste the pie. As you can see, she definitely felt she had chosen the better part.

The pies came out delicious. I especially liked using coconut milk instead of the sweetened condensed milk I’ve always used before. I actually thought this recipe tasted even better! (Dare I say even better than Libby’s Famous Pumpkin Pie? Uh-huh.)

I used the rest of the roasted pumpkin to make some extra pie filling just for me – sweetened with stevia and baked without a crust – which strangely, is how I like pie best.

Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Oven 425 degrees

Prepared pie shell (see recipe below)

2 cups roasted pumpkin puree (see instructions below) or canned pumpkin

1 1/2 cups full fat coconut milk

3 very fresh eggs

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/2 T pumpkin pie spice

2 tsp allspice

After pureeing pumpkin, add all other ingredients and blend. Pour into pie shell. Bake 15 minutes at 425 degrees; lower temperature to 350 degrees and bake 45 minutes longer, or till toothpick comes out clean.

Roasted Pumpkin Puree

Quarter pumpkin and scoop out seeds, then score inside with a knife and remove stringy part.

Rub pumpkin wedges with olive oil and roast on a baking sheet at 400 degrees until tender (1/2 to 1 hour).

Scoop flesh out of skin and puree.

Grandma’s Flaky Pie Crust Recipe (amounts adjusted to make a single generous crust)

1/2 cup shortening

3 T very hot water

1 1/2 cups flour

Dash salt

Stir hot water into shortening until shortening begins to melt; add flour and salt; mix to combine. Roll out crust on a floured board and turn into a lightly greased and floured pie plate.

6 Responses to “days of pie”

  1. barefootmama says on :

    YUMMY!! I’m going to bookmark this and use it for thanksgiving:) Thanks! Barefoot mama

  2. Colleen Wickersheim says on :

    Oh My Gosh, Great idea with the coconut milk instead of sweetened condensed milk!!!! It’s thick enough! I haven’t made a pumpkin pie since I’ve started to become lactose intolerant a few months ago! I was going to have to experiment with that one but now I don’t have to! Cant wait to make a pie with coconut milk! =) You should try this sometime… I use 1/4 cup agave, 1/4 cup maple syrup, and 1/4 black strap molasses for my sweetener in my pie….so good!

    You are such a great mommy, teaching your boy how to bake! He’s going to make some woman very happy one day!

  3. mountain girl says on :

    Thanks Colleen – I will have to try that sweetener! And that boy helps me as much as I am (hopefully) helping him!

  4. 3 amigos says on :

    hi honeeeee………YUM that pie and pie crust belong in a magazine………………and it sound YUMMY, too, can smell it all the way over here 🙂 keep up the good work; luv u/mom

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