Pumpkin Pie

31 Aug

Yes, I know it is August but my cousin came down via some friends in France last week, bringing with her from them, of all things, but a pumpkin.  I adore pumpkin soup but this was a monster and I thought that I could make several recipes from it – I could have left it until Halloween but then it would not have be good to eat!  Anyhow, having never made a pumpkin pie in my life I thought it would be fun to try so when Halloween does come around, maybe you may like to have a go too.  It is dead easy and the result is a kind of unusual flavoured custard pie!  It is really good with vanilla ice cream and a dusting of cinnamon.

This is a BBC recipe by Antony Worrall Thompson

To begin, either make and bake blind a pastry case or just buy a sweet short crust case, 9 inches in diameter.  This enough for around 6-8 portions.

For the pumpkin filling

450 g prepared pumpkin flesh cut into small pieces

2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk

75 g soft dark brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

half level teaspoon each of grated nutmeg, allspice, ground cloves and ginger

275 ml double cream or evaporated milk.

To make

Pre heat oven to 180/350 gas 4

To make the filling, steam the pumpkin until very tender and then put into a food mixer.

Whisk the eggs and egg yolk together in a bowl

Place the sugar,spices and cream in a pan and bring to simmering point. Mix everything together and pour over the eggs and whisk again briefly.

Now add the pumpkin puree continuing to whisk

Pour into the pastry case and bake for 35-40 minutes – it will have puffed up by the end of cooking but still be a little wobbly – don’t be tempted to overcook as in the cooling and chilling process it will firm up but still be lovely and light.

Put the tin on a cooling rack and then transfer to the fridge for a few hours.  Serve with crème fraiche or vanilla ice cream with a dusting of icing sugar or cinnamon.

2 Responses to “Pumpkin Pie”

  1. realfunfood August 31, 2011 at 8:29 am #

    I adore pumpkin pie! I bought the American Libby’s filling from the Whole Foods in London but I wasn’t sure what kind of pie crust to get. Thanks for posting!

  2. Gail Harris September 2, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    Hi there – you are welcome – I love your blog too! Great photos.

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