Here’s wishing everyone a Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! In Canada, or at least at our house, that means time for turkey and pumpkin pie. I thought I’d share my recipe for pumpkin pie. It’s nothing out of the ordinary, but it is usually good. (explanation to follow)
1 unbaked pie crust (I used Martha’s pâte brisée)
400 ml. tin of pumpkin (not pie filling)
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups whipping cream
1 cup whipping cream
3 tablespoons maple syrup
Beat eggs. Add pumpkin, sugar, spices and 1 1/2 c. cream. Pour into pie shell. Bake at 425 degrees (convection bake). Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees (convection bake). Bake until filling is set, about an hour. Cover crust edges with foil if browning too quickly. Cool completely.
Garnish with whipped cream sweetened with maple syrup or icing sugar.
Notes: 400 ml. tin is approximately 13 oz. or the small size of canned pumpking that is usually available.
For regular oven, bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes, and 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Keep chilled.
I’d like to emphasize the importance of including the sugar in the pie filling mixture. I mention this because – oops – I forgot to put it in. I had it on the counter with all the other ingredients. I took a photo. I mixed the filling, putting things away as I worked. I put the pie into the oven, and later – much later – noticed the brown sugar container sitting on the counter. It occurred to me that I had not opened this said container in recent memory. Bad news for the pie. But as I was
too cheap being thrifty and resourceful, I decided we could compensate by adding extra sweetener to the whipped cream. It mostly worked, but I highly recommend putting it into the pie before baking to save humiliating yourself in front of friends and family.
If you are looking for a sugar-free pie recipe that tastes great, you will need to look somewhere else. (I must really like this pie, as I posted it last Thanksgiving. No mistakes last year – what fun is that?)