Welcome back! Today I wanted to share a little info on how pumpkin pie is done in our home. This is a very typical desert for us during the winter.
Pumpkin pie is a winter tradition for my family. We love them because they are simple to make, and delicious. The only part is preparing the pumpkin.
First you need to get a sweet pumpkin. Here we wither buy them from the grocery store or get them from relatives. My mother planted a whole patch one year because the zucchini seed was mis-packed. That was adorable. She had about a hundred of them.
To prepare your pumpkin you will need to cut the skin off and take out the seeds. If you find the skin too hard to remove you can always boil it until it gets soft and scrape it out but I find this an extra step that can be skipped. Cut it up into half inch cubes.
Boil the in a pot with just enough water to cover the bottom. You will need to boil it for about half an hour or until it's tender. Add water as needed.
Drain the water and put the pumpkin it in a bowl. It should be rather soft now. Either run it through a food processor or get rustic and just mix in 3/4 cup packed brown sugar, 3 eggs, and 1 cup light cream and mix until smooth. You can also use some spices: cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, just a little bit of each to best suite your tastes.
You can use the pre-made crusts you find in the supermarkets but we like to make our own. Once you have your crust put it in the pie pan, pour the pumpkin mixture in, and bake it at 350° for 50-55 minutes until it's solid like a pudding. Let it cool for a few hours before serving with whip cream.
It is an acquired taste for many people.
When my parents hosted a Belgian girl during high school they tried to encourage her to try it. No such luck. 🙂