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Archive for the day “October 28, 2010”

The Joy of Cooking Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Most people love pumpkin pie. I definitely do. Here is my favorite pumpkin pie recipe. It has served me well for the past few years.

The recipe calls for making your pie crust first. Pie crust is one of the few things I just have no patience for. I buy mine frozen.

Ingredients:

  • 2 – 3 eggs
  • 2 cups pumpkin (see bottom notes for preparing pumpkin)
  • 1 1/2 cups evaporated milk or heavy cream (if you want to use sweetened condensed milk, just cut out the white sugar)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • ginger
  • nutmeg
  • allspice
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 375º.

Whisk eggs thoroughly. 3 eggs will give the pie a custard-like texture. 2 will bring out the pumpkin flavor and give a more firm texture.

Whisk in remaining ingredients. Pour into a 9″ pie crust. Bake 35 – 45 minutes or until pie is firm. Cool completely on the rack. The pie can be refrigerated for up to 1 day. Serve cold or at room temp.

Notes:

  • This is the first year I have made this recipe with evaporated milk. I have had VERY positive responses from people after using the sweetened condensed milk. The pie I made tonight will be going to my son’s kindergarten class, so I hope they like it. It sure does smell good.
  • My pie crust of choice is Marie Callender’s. It tastes perfect and I have had very little trouble with broken crusts.
  • Two ways of  preparing fresh pumpkin (my preferred way is #1):
  1. Preheat oven to about 350/375.  Cut pumpkin in half, scoop out innards,  and place cut sides down on a cookie sheet. Bake for about 30 minutes or until meaty party is soft. Scoop out meat and use.
  2. Cut pumpkin in half and scoop out innards. Cut pumpkin into cubes and boil for about 30 minutes. Meat will come right off the skin.

Bring it on, Braxton!

I don’t remember having Braxton Hicks with my son. I may have and never realized it. They can be sneaky that way. I’m feeling them this time. The discomfort factor is rising daily. I am at the point where I hope I really do not have to wait 3 more weeks (slightly less than 3 weeks now). My next doctor appointment is in a week’s time and it feels like it is soooo far away.

I have taken a tour of the hospital’s birthing center. I didn’t do that with my boy heh. My husband and I wandered around the hospital for about 10 minutes trying to find the correct elevators. Now I know right where to go. My bag is almost done with being packed. I just need to put in an outfit for me and for the baby to wear home. I have 2 infant car seats all cleaned up and ready to go. I’ve been nesting like mad. Nothing is safe from getting a cleaning. I am going to clean the kids’ room again today.

I am also going to bake a pumpkin pie for my son’s kindergarten class. I forgot that parents will also get homework from school. I don’t think that I put my pumpkin pie recipe on my Pumpkin Recipes page. I will have to add it later today. I think I just didn’t think about adding it since pumpkin pie is so easy and common.

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