Pumpkin Pie with Painted Leaves

Pumpkin Pie with Painted Leaves

After years of trying to make fresh pumpkin puree work in a pie (always seems to taste “squash”-y), I am resigned to the fact that the canned pumpkin pie filling fits the gastronomical tastes of my family and myself best!

That being said, I love making this pie “my own,” and here’s how!

What I Used:

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  • 1 nine inch unbaked pie crust prepared in pie pan
  • 2 cups (15 oz can) pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 eggs

(1)  Preheat oven to 425.  Combine the spices and pumpkin in a bowl.

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(2)  In a separate bowl, mildly beat eggs.  Add eggs and sweetened condensed milk to pumpkin mixture.  Mix thoroughly.

combining-ingredients

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Make Ahead:  At this point, the filling may be immediately placed in an airtight container and frozen for up to 1 month.  When you’re ready to bake, thoroughly defrost in refrigerator and then whisk vigorously before continuing to (3).

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(3)  Pour filling into pie crust.

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(4)  At this point, you can either pinch the crust for a fluted rim (see the end of this post) or create a decorative rim.

Since I already had some leaves leftover from my apple pie, I decided to use them.  Before baking, brush decorative rim with egg (I dyed mine with food gel).

leaf-rimmed

Troubleshoot:  If you get some egg in your filling while brushing, merely swirl the filling around to incorporate the egg.

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(5)  Bake at 425 for 15 minutes.  Reduce oven temperature to 350 and bake pie for an additional 35-40 minutes.  The pie is done when a toothpick can be inserted cleanly in the middle of the pie.

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For more Thanksgiving Recipes, please check out this post on our Evolving Thanksgiving!

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Anne, along with her husband and growing family, live in suburban America. Follow us on our adventures both at home and away!

Simply put, we are a family trying our best to defy the odds and make the most of these crazy blessings called marriage, family, and life.

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