Sunday, October 9, 2016

Garden Pumpkin Pie

One of my pie pumpkins from the garden had completely ripened, and it was time for pumpkin pie!  The process was very easy, and the taste is soo much better than the canned pumpkin that is most commonly used for pumpkin pie.


To begin with, I washed the pumpkin, and sliced it in half from stem to bottom.


Place it face down in the baking pan, and pour 1 cup water in the pan.


Roast the pumpkin at 350 for about an hour, or until a fork pierces the skin easily. Scoop out the seeds. I gave the seeds to my chickens... they loved them!


Scoop out all of the pulp and place it in a blender.


Blend the pulp until smooth.


Most pie pumpkins will be enough for two pies.  I found that because the pumpkin is fresh it is a bit more watery, and may take longer to cook.  I ended up cooking these fresh pumpkin pies an hour and 10 minutes.

I meant to get a picture of the pie with sweetened cream on it... but it was too good to wait for such silly things as pictures! (Or so my family tells me...)

If there are leftovers, this makes a great breakfast too :)

GARDEN PUMPKIN PIES

Heat oven to 350.  Slice pie pumpkin in half, and place sides down in baking pan.  Add 1 cup water. Bake about an hour or until a fork pierces skin easily. Remove seeds.  Scoop out pulp and set aside. Place pulp in blender, blend until smooth.

1-1/2 cups white sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cloves
4 eggs
3-1/2 cups pureed fresh pumpkin (2 15-oz cans of canned pumpkin will also work)
2 cans evaporated milk
2-crust 9" deep dish pie crusts

Heat oven to 425 degrees.  Prepare pie crusts (recipe below) and place in two 9" deep dish pie pans. Mix eggs and pumpkin until smooth.  Stir in sugar and spices.  Slowly pour in evaporated milk.  Pour pumpkin mixture into the 2 pie crusts.  Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.  Turn heat down to 350 and continue baking for another 45 minutes.  A knife stuck in the center should come out clean when they are done. Cool on rack for 2 hours.  Serve with sweetened whipped heavy cream (recipe below). Cover and refrigerate leftovers.

TWO PIE CRUST
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup shortening or lard
1 tablespoon white vinegar
5-6 tablespoons ice cold water

In a bowl combine flour and salt, cut in shortening (or lard) until mixture is crumbly.  Sprinkle with vinegar.  Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until a ball can be formed. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Divide pastry into 2 balls and roll out to fit the 9" pie plate.  Transfer pastry to pie plate.  Let edges hang over 1/2". Fold top edges of pastry under and flute edges.  Bake as called for in recipe.

SWEETENED WHIPPED HEAVY CREAM
 ~ To take your pie over-the-top to sweet heaven, you need some of this on your pie! ~

1 cup heavy cream (needs to be at least 35% butterfat, pasteurized is fine) 
2 tablespoons confectioners sugar (also known as icing sugar)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Pour the cream into a chilled bowl and add the sugar and vanilla.  Beat until soft peaks form (when the cream will be just soft enough to hold its shape in soft billows that hold when the beaters are lifted up). Serve with pie or dessert.  


41 comments:

  1. I wish you could see my smile. Yummy. good. smiles

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    1. Thanks Linda... I always smile when your happy face posts a comment too :) Hugs to you today!

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  2. Yum! I was only able to harvest one pie pumpkin. :( I agree some things can't wait for pictures!

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    1. Oh that is a bummer. Mine did okay this year, but next year I hope to plant more. And yes, when everyone is hungry, the last thing they want is to wait for me to grab a camera, lol! Appreciate your visit Wendi, praying you have a great start to the week :)

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  3. Oh!! I so love pumpkin pie and look forward to this time of year for that reason! I even make pumpkin pancakes this time of year. Thanks for the recipe. I have not made a pumpkin pie from scratch in probably 25 years. You are my hero! xo Diana

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    1. OOH, pumpkin pancakes! I agree, all things orange this time of year. Hope you get a chance to make the pie "from scratch"... I need to make another one, or so my family tells me, lol!

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  4. Oh, my word! This sounds just amazing! Pumpkin is absolutely one of my favorite pies. Since I don't eat sugar anymore, I usually sweet my pumpkin pie with sorghum. It is amazing. I remember when Zach grew pumpkins at our old home and how much fun he had with that. Sweet memories indeed. God bless you, my dear friend. Sending you lots of love!

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    1. Sorghum sounds like a wonderful substitute for sugar, although I have never tried it. And growing pumpkins is quite a bit of work, but so rewarding come fall! Hugs to you today dear friend, always such a joy to read your comments :)

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  5. Oh my gracious...that looks so yummy! I think I need to go buy a pumpkin and make one for the family.
    Enjoy your week!
    Amy

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    1. The pie pumpkins are the best, although the bigger pumpkins can also be made into pies as well. It is well worth the effort, as I know you know, that anything we make ourselves is so much better :) Hugs to you today dear friend!

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  6. Oh my gracious...that looks so yummy! I think I need to go buy a pumpkin and make one for the family.
    Enjoy your week!
    Amy

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    1. Thanks Christine... it not only looked good, it was good... I need to make another one, already! LOL :)

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  8. Pumpkin pie isn't at all common here in UK. Mostly pumpkins are used for making Halloween lights. I have never grown one!

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    1. Oh that is just sad! You should find a pumpkin and try to make the pie. You'll be happy you did! Pumpkin pie is one of our favorite seasonal treats. Hugs to you today :)

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  9. Even just some roasted pumpkin right out of the oven sounds quite good right about now. A little brown sugar, some cinnamon and nutmeg?

    Yum ...

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    1. That sounds simply wonderful! Hugs to you today dear friend :)

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  10. What a great way to prepare your pumpkin for pies. I think I'd be tempted to experiment and not add any water to the roasting pan. Home grown has to be best!

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    1. You don't have to add water to the roasting pan, but I like to, since I don't like cleaning up the sticky mess they leave, lol! Hugs to you today Vee! :)

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  11. Hello,

    Oh yum! Pumpkin pie is my absolute favorite pie! Your pumpkin is so pretty. I also love garden grown pumpkin pie best. It's so satisfying, too, to know that the pumpkin comes from one's own garden :) That sweetened whipping creams sounds delicious as well; I have never heard of doing this - must try it sometime soon.

    Happy baking:)
    ♥Hope

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    1. Once you try sweetened whipped cream your life will never be the same, lol {smiles} Indeed anything grown at home always tastes so much better since it is fresh. Hugs to you today, appreciate your visit! :)

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  12. What a delicious looking pumpkin pie, Marilyn. No wonder each serving disappeared before there was any time for photographs!

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    1. It is certainly our family favorite pie, of that there is no doubt. I have a few more pie pumpkins to cook up, so maybe one of these times, I'll get a picture of the slice of pie, lol! Hugs to you today dear friend!

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  13. Yum! Yum! Can I come over? I'll bring the coffee.

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    1. I would love to share pie with you, hurry on over :) Hugs to you today!

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  14. There's nothing like a pumpkin pie in the fall, for Thanksgiving or any time! Yours looks scrumptious.

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    1. I agree. Pumpkin pie is good just about any time. I would daresay it is our family's favorite pie, especially when I make it "from scratch" :) Thanks for your visit Lorrie :)

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  15. I love all things pumpkin. Your little garden pie pumpkin is so pretty. Your pumpkin pie looks delicious. Evening Blessings ♥ Teri

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    1. What is there not to like about pumpkin? Oh yes, I agree, I love all things pumpkin too. Hugs to you Teri, appreciate your visit :)

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  16. That looks so easy..I have always wanted to learn how to cook a pie straight from a pumpkin. Thank you for sharing.. Looks yummy!!

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    1. It's not hard at all, and very satisfying :) And you just can't beat the taste... it is soo good! Appreciate your visit :)

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  17. Looks good! I don't blame you for not getting in the other picture. I think it's great that you took the time to bake pie for your family. What a blessing you are to them!

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    1. My family is of the opinion that picture-taking can sometimes take away from the joy of the moment. So I have to refrain myself sometimes from taking too many pictures, lol! Appreciate your visit Ronda, trust that you are enjoying lovely fall days :)

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  18. Oh my gosh, just looking at your pies reminded me of Thanksgiving! I love the simple roasting, and even recycling the seeds for the chickens. (My husband loves pumpkin seeds, roasted with a bit of salt.) How fun that your family just loves it too. I bet it made your house smell amazing.
    Blessings,
    Ceil

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  19. Yum! I love pumpkin pie.
    I love pumpkin seeds....so I am looking forward to our first pumpkin pie and seeds. ;-)
    I am pinning your recipe.
    Carla

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  20. I love using freshly cooked pumpkin for pumpkin pie, though I don't do it often. Did you know that most canned pumpkin is actually made from a type of squash that is so close to pumpkin that the FDA doesn't make manufacturers differentiate. Could be why pumpkin pie made from fresh pumpkin is so much better!! :)

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  21. Yummy Yummy Yummy!! And Yummy!! If you would like to come on over and share with us at our blog hop we would love to have you! https://www.floydfamilyhomestead.com/2016/10/12/the-homesteader-hop-24/

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  22. This looks so good! The only pumpkin pies I have ever made, were from a can. Maybe I should change that! Pinning!

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  23. I have two pumpkins from the garden that are decorating my entryway. I used to do this years ago and you make it look so easy. So I'll give it a try...for old times sake!

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  24. Good morning! Just a little note to let you know that this post has been *FEATURED* today on the Art of Home-Making Mondays (at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth) on our special pumpkin edition. Thank you for sharing with us! :)

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  25. This sounds amazing! Thank you for the recipe that I can actually probably make! :)

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