Pie for Thanksgiving and Christmas
Autumn is here, and with it comes pumpkins. When you go looking for a
pumpkin, you'll find all shapes and sizes. But what is best for a good pumpkin pie? The
answer is the sugar or pie pumpkin. The big pumpkins you see everywhere this time of year
tend to be too large and stringy for baking. But the sugar pumpkin, is small and sweet.
It's perfect for that Thanksgiving pie.To use these fall treasures in a pie, you must take
that orange ball and turn it into filling. A medium sized sugar pumpkin of about 4lbs,
will yield approximately 1 1/2-cups of mashed pumpkin (just enough for our recipe). To
turn your pumpkin into filling, try following these cooking guidelines.
Cut the pumpkin in half and discard the stem section and stringy insides. Save the seeds
to dry and roast; they make a tasty snack. In a shallow baking dish place the two halves
face down and cover with foil. Bake in a preheated 375* oven for about 1 1/2 hours for a
medium-sized sugar pumpkin. Once the baked pumpkin has cooled, scoop out the flesh and
puree in a food processor or mash with a potato masher.
Now that you know how to make your own pumpkin puree, you might want to make extra to
freeze so you can enjoy the great taste of fall pumpkins all year around. They will keep
in the freezer for a good 6 months.
Of course now that you have the pumpkin puree, now you need a good pie recipe. That's
where we can help. We just happen to have a recipe that we consider pretty good.
1/2-cup light cream (or evaporated milk)
1-1/2-cups canned or fresh pureed pumpkin
2/3-cup brown sugar
1/2-tsp ground cloves
1-tsp vanilla extract
1-9" unbaked pie shell
Preheat oven to 425*
Put all ingredients into a blender and process
Pour into pie shell
Bake at 425* for 20 minutes, then reduce heat to 275*
Bake another 35-45 minutes longer or until knife inserted comes out clean
Cool to room temperature before serving
Now if you would like to try a different pie for Thanksgiving, and we do have other great
pies that you should consider, we put together a list of pies that we think will satisfy