This year for Thanksgiving I wanted to try making pumpkin pies from real pumpkin, not canned pumpkin. I really do not care for pumpkin pie so I had to rely on some taste testers to let me know how it turned out. I played around with a few recipes and tweaked them all a bit to come up with what I was told to be “The Best Pumpkin Pie EVER”, I will take their word for it because I thought it was gross!
Preparing the Pumpkin
These were some tough pumpkins, I tried to cut into them with a knife and it just wasnt working, I was afraid I was going to cut my fingers off. So, down I go to Mom and Dads and we took the electric saw to them, new blade of course. My only regret is I didn’t take pictures of this process, we had pumpkin bits flying everywhere! lol Though it did bring a nice pumpkin fresh smell to the boathouse.
1. Cut pumpkins in half and scrape out all the seeds and goo. Place them on a foil covered cookie sheet and bake at 350 F until soft. This will very depending on your oven.
2. Scrape out the flesh with a spoon and run it though the food processor until very smooth, you don’t want stringy pumpkin pie…
I broke my food processor in the process. It was my Nana’s so I’m sure it had to be over 40 years old, but I improvised and made it work by pushing the lock down with a chopstick. Needless to say a food processor is on my Christmas list this year.
The pumpkin was quite watery, I let it sit in a strainer lined with cheese cloth and lost a lot of the moisture, I would recommend doing this.
- 3 cups of puree pumpkin
- 1 cup sugar
- 1.5 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp clove
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- pinch of salt
- 4 large eggs
- 1 can of evaporated milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
Mix well with beaters and pour in pie shell of our choice
Bake at 425 F for 15 minutes then lower the temperature to 350 F and bake for another 45-60 minutes, depending on your oven, until a knife inserted into the centre comes out clean.
Apparently it was very good and made a real difference using the real pumpkin. I’ve been told I am on pumpkin pie duty from now on, so they must have been not bad.