Thursday, October 09, 2008

Fresh Pumpkin Pie

Now that you've had a moment to dry your eyes, I thought I'd talk to you about...pie.

Not just any old pie, but pumpkin pie.

This particular pie is probably a record breaker for Slowest of Slow Food desserts.

Step One: Grow your own pie pumpkin.
Ding! Ready for harvest!

Step Two: Three or so months later, harvest your pumpkin, slice it in half, scoop out the guts, bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until soft. Scoop out the flesh and (Key step here!) drain it in a sieve overnight to get as much excess water out of your pumpkin as possible. If you don't drain it, you'll have a very watery pie and that's no fun.

Step Three: Puree your drained pumpkin.
Mmm! Baby food!

Step Four: Break out a fantastic recipe and completely ignore the part where it mentions one 16 oz can of packed pumpkin. Also ignore the part where it tells you working with fresh pumpkin is so haaard. Whiners! OK, it's a lot more involved than just Ksssht! opening a can of pumpkin, but this part is where all of the glory and bragging comes in. You grew that thang! You get to strut your stuff! And you also get to follow all of the other parts of the recipe, including cooking your pumpkin with sugar and spices and par-baking your pie pastry.

Did I mention this is an involved recipe?

Pumpkin with sugar and spice and all things nice.

Step Five: Add the cream. Yummm! Creeeeeeam! Simmer gently.

Almost ready for baking.

Step Six: Pour that warm filling into your par-baked shell and bake until done. Remove from oven. Inhale deeply.

Ooooh! Ahhh!

This is what Autumn smells like.

Step Seven: Slice and dollop with Brandied whipped cream. After all that work you don't use Cool Whip. Have you ever looked at the ingredients on that stuff? Bleah!

One slice, ready to eat.

Then, at long last, grab a fork and enjoy! Never did a pie take so long to make, nor taste so goooood.

Clearly, you need a recipe.

Pumpkin Pie
From The New Best Recipe Book by Cook's Illustrated, p. 903.

1 pre-baked pie shell

Filling:
2 c plain pumpkin puree (canned or fresh - don't forget to drain it before pureeing and measuring!)
1 c packed (7 oz) dark brown sugar
2 tsp ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 c heavy cream
2/3 c milk
4 large eggs

Whipped cream:
1 1/3 c chilled heavy cream
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp brandy
  1. Process pumpkin puree, sugar, spices and salt in a food processor for 1 min until combined. Transfer the pumpkin mixture to a 3 qt heavy bottomed saucepan; bring to a sputtering simmer over med-high heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until thick and shiny, about 5 minutes.
  2. As soon as the par-baked pie shell comes out of the oven, adjust oven rack to lowest position and increase oven temp to 400 degrees. Whisk heavy cream and milk into pumpkin mix and bring to a bare simmer. Process the eggs in a food processor until the whites and yolks are combined, about 5 secs. With the motor running, slowly pour about half the hot pumpkin mix through the feed tube. Stop the machine and add the remaining pumpkin mixture. Process 30 sec longer.
  3. Pour warm filling into the hot pie shell. If you have too much liquid for your shell, let it bake for 5 minutes to give the pie a chance to settle and then pour the excess on. Bake until filling is puffed, dry-looking and lightly cracked around the edges, and the center wiggles like gelatin when the pie is gently shaken, about 25 min. Cool on a rack for 1 hour.
  4. Whipped cream: Beat together cream and sugar to soft peaks. Add brandy and beat to stiff peaks. Dollop responsibly!



5 comments:

Trisha said...

You have inspired me to make a pumpkin pie for the very first time! I didn't grow my own pumpkins this year, but we have an excellent local Farmer's Market for my selection. Thank you!

Scylla said...

Mmm... you have reminded me of my fresh pumpkin pie last year.

I will have to venture into the land of pumpkin pie again.

Of course, I didn't grow one this year.... maybe I will have to steal one of yours under cover of night.

Elaine A. said...

Congratulations!!! That is so cool that you grew your own pumpkin for pie. Color me IM-PRESSED!

Now if I could just find a way to eat a piece of that pie...

Crunchy Domestic Goddess said...

too funny, i got here via a link on a pumpkin pie post on blogher. i'm all, hey, i know her! ;)
i didn't grow my own pumpkins this year, but i did buy some from the local farm stand and have been looking for a good recipe to make some delicious pie goodness. :)

Woman with a Hatchet said...

Hey Amy! That's very funny.

Just for you, and any others that may have dropped by, I added the recipe into the post. It was divine!

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