How To Make a Traditional Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin pie is basically a custard pie. It contains dairy, and is thickened with eggs and sits in a wonderful, flaky pie crust like the one we just talked about a couple of days ago. The pumpkin and spices evoke the aromas and flavors of fall, and more specifically, one of my favorite food holidays - Thanksgiving.
Sometimes, we want to break out of the traditional mold and make a daring dessert and I have no problem with that. In fact, as an alternative to pumpkin pie this year, I suggest you check out my good friend Chef Jenni's Gingered Pumpkin Mascarpone Cheesecake. It's different and definitely daring.
But for those of you who have tried something new only to be met by sad faces at the table and have your family say, "It's not that it wasn't good, it's just that it's not what we usually have. It's not what we look forward to on Thanksgiving." Avoid those sad faces around your holiday table and give the folks what they want, but make it the best pumpkin pie you can. Dare to be traditional!
Traditional Creamy Pumpkin Pie
|Prep Time: 30 min+chilling
||Cook Time: about 1 hr
||Total Time: 1.5 hr+chilling
||Servings: 1 pie
How To Make At Home:
- 1 pastry shell - check out my post on store bought or homemade pastry shells
- 1 - 14 0z. can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 egg + 1 yolk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1 (16 oz.) can pumpkin
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a deep dish pie pan with pastry dough. Trim, crimp and parbake.
In a large bowl, whisk the egg and yolk until light and uniform in color and texture.
Add the salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, sweetened condensed milk and pumpkin and whisk until smooth.
Cover the custard and let sit in the refrigerator for at least thirty minutes and up to four hours. This step ensures a creamy end product.
Strain the custard through a mesh strainer, just to remove any pumpkin fiber.
Pour the custard into the pie shell and bake in the center rack of the oven until the custard just barely jiggles in the center when you shake the pie pan, 45 minutes to an hour, depending on your oven. You might need to cover the pie crust during the last thirty minutes of baking to prevent over-browning.
Cool at room temperature for an hour and then refrigerate. Cover with plastic wrap once the pie has reached refrigerator temperature. This will reduce and hopefully prevent condensation from forming on the surface of your pie.
Remove from the refrigerator about half an hour before serving to take the chill off the pie. The flavor will be more pronounced if it is allowed to warm a bit before eating.
For an added note of fall, serve with whipped cream sweetened with a bit of maple syrup.