Pumpkin Pie...From Scratch!

We just had Thanksgiving in Canada this past weekend.
I was not in charge of pie, and a new `style` of pumpkin pie was made.
It was...not so good.
Needless to say, no one had pumpkin pie (that they enjoyed)
My nephew was the most upset by this, so yesterday, I made him one.
From scratch!
step 1:
bake one cut and cleaned out sugar pumpkin in the oven till soft.
I did 350 for about 2 hours - my pumpkin was a bit bigger than some.

Once it`s cooled, remove the skin and whiz the pumpkin in a food processor till smooth.
This is where I have to say how very lovely the pumpkin is compared to that from a can.
Huge difference.  But hey, I still use the stuff from a can too.  Do what you can, if you have the time, give it a try.  Plus, you can freeze it for later use.  I got about 6 cups from my pumpkin.
In the end you want two cups - or 500 mls of creamy pumpkin set aside.

whisk together in a small bowl:

3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 tsp of salt
2 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

 I made my own pumpkin pie spice.  
Truth be told, it was because I was out and didn`t want to go to the store.

It`s easy to make, so if you are out too:
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp nutmeg
3/4 tsp cloves
mix together and keep in sealed jar for the holidays.

back to the pie...

Add your two cups of puréed pumpkin to the egg/sugar mixture and blend well.
Now..secret ingredient time...

Or should I say`magic ingredient`
(clearly this is not a secret as they have it written on the can)
But any ways, add one can of eagle brand sweetened condensed milk to your filling.
lick spoon.
lick can.
wish you bought two cans so you can have more.

Pour your mixture into a nine inch pie plate with an unbaked pastry shell.
I`m not going to overwhelm you with making the pastry too - plus, I`m not allowed to share that recipe as it`s in the cookbook coming out this spring.  But I will share it then!
This recipe is large, so you can either make two pies, or do what I did...

..make mini pies.
I was lazy and so over this whole `pumpkin pie from scratch business` by this point, so I just grabbed chunks of dough and pressed them into a mini muffin pan to form little cups.  
This made 12 mini pies - good for two bites.

I baked the mini pies and the large pie for 10 minutes at 450 
then reduced the heat to 350.
I baked the mini pies for another 15 minutes
I baked the large pie for another 40 minutes - till a toothpick came out clean from the centre of the pie.

Nephew was very happy.

So was the rest of the family.


Natalie, the Chickenblogger said...

Good save!
There must be Pumpkin Pie.
And it must be Good Pumpkin Pie.


Great idea using the leftovers for mini pies!!

Lee said...

Looks like it was yummy.

Nantucket Daffodil said...

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Lori E said...

You make it sound so easy. I may even try it myself though my pie crust skills are tragically awful.

Carola said...

yummy! love that mini pumpkin pie version.
p.d: how many grams or ounces are in that condensed milk can?



Wild Oak Designs said...

Yes, pumpkin pie from scratch....but it isn't a simple task....at our house we roast it in the oven just like you, but we cut it into chunks after peeling....then puree it and then put the puree into cheesecloth and drain it....by draining thru cheesecloth we get the same consistency as a canned pumpkin puree...but being roasted it brings out those sugars in the pumpkin...and cutting into chunks, shortens the time of roasting.
Pumpkin pie from scratch is the Best!
Butternut works wonders in place of pumpkin too!!

Heather Cameron said...

Carola - I used a can that has 300 mls - which I believe is 10 ounces. It seems that in the US, the can is bigger and has 350 mls - which is 14 ounces?? Crazy and I don't know why they would make different sizes. But I used the 10 ounce size.
Wild Oak - great tip, thanks!

elisa said...

ahh, i wish i were your nephew! i expect the consistency depends very much on the pumpkin! once i was out of so many things, we had homemade pumpkin pie for dinner. not such a bad choice? x

Rosita Vargas said...

¡Qué bella propuesta me encanta ! abrazos y abrazos.