Sunday, November 2, 2008

Cooking: Pumpkin Pie

Who ate all the pie? That's a damn good question...

So, you've carved out a Jack O' Lantern and you're wondering to do with all the leftover Pumpkin flesh. Well, you're going to make a pie of course, so put on your frilliest apron and get your ass into that kitchen. We're going baking!

Now, as I understand it, the kind of Pumpkins used at Halloween aren't typically the type used to make pies with. But I've used them several times and to my unrefined palette, the end result tastes pretty damn good. Let's do this thing.

First you'll want to make the pie crust. I make mine using this recipe at for pecan custard tart. Just ignore everything after the third paragraph, you don't need to pre bake the crust and you don't want it filled with pecans. :)

Next you need to cook and purée the pumpkin flesh. I think the easiest way to cook it is to put it in a microwavable bowl and put it at full power for 10-15 minutes or until it's soft. Then take the cooked pumpkin and process it in a food processor until it's smooth.

Now, with the crust and pumpkin ready, you can use this recipe for making and baking the pie (scroll down to the bottom of the page). It's from a daytime TV show here and I've used it for the last two years. It's nice and easy and it's turned out well for me thus far.

Enjoy your pie and a belated happy Halloween to all!

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