Happy Thanksgiving Day, friends! I'm wishing you all a wonderful day today whether you can be with your family and friends or not. It's just Joe and me today, but we are going to have a great time.
I'm so sorry I did not have the time to write a post yesterday. I had planned to, but the day got away from me. In any case, I promised to show you how I make our 200 year old family recipe for pumpkin pie, so here it is.
The year after my mom died, my brother took her handwritten cookbook and put it all together for me. My sister got a copy too. Such a thoughtful gift. And the pumpkin pie recipe (such as it is) is in it.
I began by putting the can of pumpkin into a large bowl. When I was little my great-grandmother used a fresh pumpkin. The day before she made the pies my great-grandfather would peel it and cut the pumpkin into pieces. (Pumpkins are tough to cut!) Then she would put it into a large pot and boil it until it was very tender. I don't know how long, but it seemed like hours to me as a kid. Then she would drain it and take a colander and mash it through the holes. It had to be done in small batches and took a long time. This was almost an all day event and why it had to be done the day before. It was put into the refrigerator to cool and be ready for the next day. I use a can. So much easier. Fortunately at the end of her life (she lived to be 94) she used a can too. I knew I didn't want to make a lot of pies, so I used a small can and cut down on the eggs and milk.
Make sure to use the pure pumpkin and not the pumpkin pie filling. Since I was cutting the recipe in half, I used 3 eggs. But later rethought myself and put in another one. 4 eggs in all.
After they were mixed together, I grated the peel of a lemon and added it. I found the planer hard to use to get the rind, but I didn't know where I put my box grater. It is much easier on the box grater. But I got my rind and added it. Be sure to use the yellow rind, no white part, and do NOT put the juice in. That would ruin the pie.
Mix it in and then add the sugar. How much sugar? I don't know. The way I was taught to make this pie is add things until it tastes right. I know how it's supposed to taste and when it tastes the way it should, then I stop. I began with two scoops. I think I added another three before it was right. I think. I didn't count.
Joe came into the kitchen at this point and took pictures for me as I added the ginger. That is the only spice in this pie. Again I began with the amount in the recipe, but added more at the end until it "tasted right."
I put milk in the pumpkin pan, stirred it around to get the last of the pumpkin out, and poured it in a little at a time until it was the right consistency.
Then it was taste, add, taste again. What does it need? Add and taste again. When it tasted right, I prepared the crust and poured the filling in. The last step is to sprinkle cinnamon on the top.
It is baked in a hot oven on the bottom shelf until it is partially baked and then put on the top shelf to finish. What is a hot oven? I don't know. I used 400*F (about 200*C).
Since Joe does not like my kind of pie all that much, and I don't like his all that much, I made the Libby's pumpkin pie for him. There was a little filling left over, so we put it into two ramekins and had pumpkin pudding for dessert last night. It came out good.
Oops, guess I need to clean my oven door today.
You can see my pie is more orange than Joe's pie. And yes, we have a pie apiece. Are we spoiled or what?
I didn't take a picture of the finished product, but you will see it in the Thanksgiving post. I will try to put it up tonight, but it might be tomorrow before I do.
In any case, have a wonderful day. I'm looking forward to reading all of your posts about this special time.