October 12, 2009

Fall Festival Recipe Exchange: Pumpkin Pie

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Today I'll be having turkey with stuffing & gravy, mashed potatoes, rolls and a vegetable or two, because today is Thanksgiving. At least in Canada it is. Thanksgiving comes the second Monday of October, just when the leaves start to turn on the trees. So not only is it a perfect day for turkey, it's a perfect day to go 'leafing'. A lot of local people use the holiday to 'go around the trail'. What does that mean? People take a drive to the Highlands National Park on a piece of road called the Cabot Trail. It's only a couple of hours of driving and the scenery is ridiculously beautiful.


Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because, for one I love Fall, and it's also a low stress holiday. It's a day to relax and enjoy the harvest. No running here and there. No gift buying. But there is pie!

I was never a fan of Pumpkin Pie until my husband and I took our first (and last) cooking class. It was for a full Thanksgiving meal, only no turkey. Instead we made pork tenderloin (really good!) and veggies. The desert was pie. This pumpkin pie is very rich but so delicious.

Pumpkin Pie


Pie crust, premade or make your favorite recipe.

Filling:

1 can (14 oz/398ml) pumpkin puree or bake a pie pumpkin and puree it
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 pkg (4oz/125ml) cream cheese (softened, very important)
1/2 cup whipping cream
2 eggs
1 tbsp flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp each ground ginger, nutmeg and salt

Prick pie shell with a fork and bake per empty instructions.

Preheat oven to 350*C.

Prepare filling: in food processor, puree pumpkin, sugar, cream cheese, cream, eggs, flour, vanilla, salt and spices. Make sure puree is creamy with no lumps. Pour into shell. Bake in bottom third of oven for 1 hour or until set around edge and slighty jiggly in the centre. Let cool completely.

Serve with whipped cream.

I hope you give it a try this Fall!

***If you like my little pumpkin guy and you can crochet, you can make him yourself with this pattern on PlanetJune.***

13 comments :

  1. Happy Thanksgiving! Your pie looks really yummy and I love the crocheted pumpkin too, if only my crochet skills were up to it!

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  2. I had no idea that Canada celebrated its own Thanksgiving Day. It would be nice to push our American Thanksgiving up to September, and make it a real time of reflection.

    I can't wait to try your pie. :-)

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  3. I love pumpkin pie! I usually try to carve a few pumpkins and then make a pie with it. I'll have to remember to try your recipe.

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  4. I'm not a huge pumpkin fan, but this is Chad's favorite. And yours looks so good! I'll have to make it for him.

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  5. I love pumpkin pie too!! ESPECIALLY with whipped cream. I have never tried to make it though, but I think I will now. This looks delicious!

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  6. Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday today!

    Your pie and crocheted pumpkin look like a photo spread from a magazine.

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  7. happy t-day! i'm looking forward to ours...just 4 or 5 weeks away. it's a time for family, fighting, and food. :) ha. at least, it is at my house!!

    i love your new layout, by the way! i haven't been a very good blogger--spending too much time fiddling with my blog to visit anyone else's! i'm working on it.

    ps. i'm not a pumpkin pie fan, but yours looks tasty!

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  8. I hope you're having a wonderful day! I love Thanksgiving too, because it's one holiday that's not over-commercialized. Your recipe looks great!

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  9. Happy Thanksgiving -- and the little pumpkin is too cute.

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  10. The pie looks fabulous.

    Hope you had a good Thanksgiving!

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  11. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Making a pie is a little ambitious for me, but my mom's friend makes pumpkin pie from scratch--starting with the pumpkin! It's absolutely delicious--my dad and I love it.

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  12. Happy Thanksgiving!!! And Yummy pumpkin pie!! I want to go leafing!

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  13. What a great idea to have Thanksgiving a bit earlier in the year when there's still produce from the garden! I read your post to Candleman. We both produced a good, long sigh of longing to go "leafing" "around the trail." Heck, I'd like to go around the trail just about any time of year. One of our favorite places when we were in N.S. was Baddeck on Bras d'Or Lac. (I'm not all that good with French, so I hope I spelled it correctly.

    I love pumpkin pie. The thought of adding cream cheese is just plain wicked - in a good way. Cream cheese makes everything taste better, doesn't it?

    Happy Thanksgiving, Chris.

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