Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie is one of my favorite pies to eat. Anything with pumpkin usually ranks pretty high up there on my list of favorite foods. This year I had to try making a pumpkin pie from scratch. I used my Kai Kai pumpkin to make this pie and it turned out wonderful. The spices really accent the pie and give it a great flavor.  I have to admit though it was a lot of work making a pumpkin from scratch.  If you are short on time some canned pumpkin will do in a pinch.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups pureed pumpkin or canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cans evaporated milk
  • One pie crust

Directions

How to make the Pumpkin filling:
Making the pumpkin filling takes a lot of work. If you have time to do it before hand it will make your job easier when it comes time to baking the pie.

Cut the pumpkin in half and then into large sections. Remove all of the seeds and stringy pulp. This is a great time to use the seeds for a later snack. Arrange in a large dish (9x13 is what I used) with a 1/4in of water in the bottom. You can bake it in the oven which takes a longer amount of time. Or you can use the microwave method which is what I used and it cuts in the time in half. You want to cook the pumpkin using whichever method you like until it is soft enough to scoop out with little trouble. An ice cream scoop works best for this job.

Once you have scooped out all of the innards. Put it into a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth. This will give it an even consistency for making your pie.

At this point you can freeze the pumpkin if you are using it later or you can simply let it cool to room temperature and add the ingredients listed and pour into an unbaked pie shell.

How to Bake the pumpkin Pie:
Bake in a pre-heated 400° oven for 10 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 350° and bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. About 40-45 minutes.

**One of the gadgets that I use frequently when making pies is a pie crust shield. You can find these at many kitchen stores and they are very handy to have. I bought mine from Pampered Chef.

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