23 November 2011

Classic Pumpkin Pie


It's Thanksgiving tradition, plain and simple. Once a year I make a pie with a creamy russet filling. It is a relatively simple pie in terms of ingredients and preparation. It’s few ingredients are stirred together briefly and poured into a pie shell.

Because of its simplicity it is a good recipe to share with kitchen helpers on a busy day. Still there are times when I end up making it myself. On those occasions I take great care to garnish it with something pretty and to watch the crust carefully for a lovely golden shade of brown before removing it from the oven. It is a pretty complement to the colors and aromas of a traditional Thanksgiving feast.

When dinner is over and the pie is finally cut and served, I take just a sliver. It’s not that I don’t like the pie. I do. It’s just that on Thanksgiving there are so many other wonderful dishes served with the main course that I have little room left for dessert, no matter how fragrant or pretty it may be. Still my family would feel the feast was incomplete without that Pumpkin Pie on the serving board. Somehow its warm spicy fragrance and smooth texture offer a compelling sense of resolution to our holiday celebration.

May your celebrations be rich with satisfying flavors, happy memories and hearts filled with gratitude.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!



Pumpkin Pie
from the back of the Libby's pumpkin can

1 9-inch unbaked pie shell
¾ cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
2 large eggs
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin
1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk

Preheat oven to 425F.

In a small bowl, stir together the sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs. Stir in the pumpkin and spice mixture. Gradually stir in the evaporated milk until well combined.

Pour the mixture into the unbaked pie shell.

Bake the pie at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees and continue baking 40-50 minutes more or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
When done, remove pie from the oven and cool on a wire rack for 2 hours.

Serve when cooled or refrigerate.

Note: 1¾ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice may be substituted for the cinnamon, ginger & cloves if desired.

Enjoy!

3 comments:

Kate said...

Classic Pumpkin Pie is the absolute best! I enjoy it so much and yet I cannot figure out why I only serve it at Thanksgiving! Your pie is beautiful.

grace said...

my plan of attack is this: take a sliver of each dessert, decide which i like best, then go back for the full serving. :)

Gypmar said...

I inevitably get asked for the recipe when I bring this pumpkin pie places. I always feel a strange combination of pride and sheepishness when I tell folks it's the recipe from the back of the can :)