pumpkin pie for Christmas

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2009/12/18 14:38:16 (permalink)

pumpkin pie for Christmas

Anyone wish to share their very best pumpkin pie recipe? Mother asked for a pumpkin pie for Christmas dinner; she is 88 and in poor health so I would really like to do this for her. Thanks!
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    enginecapt
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    Re:pumpkin pie for Christmas 2009/12/18 14:48:26 (permalink)
    Your post reminded me of the last scene in Driving Miss Daisy. You're a good son/daughter.
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    Re:pumpkin pie for Christmas 2009/12/18 14:54:44 (permalink)
    For a simple and delicious  pumpkin pie, I do not think you can do any better than  the recipe on the back of the Libby's  pumpkin.  Everyone loves that
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    Re:pumpkin pie for Christmas 2009/12/18 15:12:14 (permalink)
    Here are a variety of old-fashioned pumpkin pie recipes, some going back as far as 1877 (all courtesy of Google).  They are each a little different, primarily in the quantity of various spices used.
     
    Vintage pumpkin pie recipes (from 1877, 1891 & 1913):
    [link=http://www.homemade-dessert-recipes.com/pumpkin-pie-recipes.html]http://www.homemade-desse...mpkin-pie-recipes.html[/link]
     
    Recipe using a fresh whole pumpkin:
    [link=http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/suzannes_old_fashioned_pumpkin_pie/]http://simplyrecipes.com/...fashioned_pumpkin_pie/[/link]
     
    Recipe from Amy Vanderbilt’s cookbook (using cooked or canned pumpkin):
    [link=http://www.recipezaar.com/Vanderbilts-Rich-Old-Fashioned-Pumpkin-Pie-188692]http://www.recipezaar.com...ned-Pumpkin-Pie-188692[/link]
     
    Recipe starting with pumpkin puree with brandy added:
    [link=http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/144/Old_Fashioned_Pumpkin_Pie4074.shtml]http://www.cdkitchen.com/..._Pumpkin_Pie4074.shtml[/link]
     
    Recipe starting with pumpkin puree with walnuts added:
    [link=http://www.beliefnet.com/Love-Family/Recipes/2009/10/Old-Fashioned-Pumpkin-Pie.aspx]http://www.beliefnet.com/...ioned-Pumpkin-Pie.aspx[/link]
     
    Recipes starting with canned pumpkin:
    [link=http://www.dianasdesserts.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/recipes.recipeListing/filter/dianas/recipeID/980/Recipe.cfm]http://www.dianasdesserts...ecipeID/980/Recipe.cfm[/link]
     
    [link=http://whatscookingamerica.net/Desserts/PumpkinPie.htm]http://whatscookingameric...esserts/PumpkinPie.htm[/link]
     
    [link=http://hubpages.com/hub/Recipes-From-Nunny-Old-Fashioned-Pumpkin-Pie]http://hubpages.com/hub/R...-Fashioned-Pumpkin-Pie[/link]
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    Re:pumpkin pie for Christmas 2009/12/18 18:26:44 (permalink)
    Greymo

    For a simple and delicious  pumpkin pie, I do not think you can do any better than  the recipe on the back of the Libby's  pumpkin.  Everyone loves that


    that's what i use. 
     
    i just double the amount of the spices because what the recipe calls for just isn't enough.  i used premade crusts - sometimes i do graham cracker and sometimes regular dough type.  the dough type seems to work better and the frozen ones are better than fresh (because they may not actually be all that fresh).  just make sure you get ones that are properly filled in in the foil and that they don't have any cracks in them and you'll be good to go.
     
    served warm with a dollop of a GOOD french vanilla ice cream or freshly whipped heavy cream with a bit of vanilla and cinnamon added to it and you'll have a desert that will be demanded by everyone each year!
     
    for something different and extra special, reduce the amount of condensed milk by 1/4 cup and replace it with 1/4 cup of spiced rum.  if you do fresh whipped cream, you can also put a jigger of the spiced rum in that before you whip, too.
     
     
     
     
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    Re:pumpkin pie for Christmas 2009/12/18 18:31:47 (permalink)
    I agree use the one on the libby can. The pumpkin is the easy part, a good crust is another thing....................BillyB
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    Re:pumpkin pie for Christmas 2009/12/19 12:56:02 (permalink)
    Thanks! I do have a can of Libby's and some evaporated milk. I will probably use that one and will indeed add some more spices. I have a can of pumpkin pie spice, that will probably work. I use the premade pie crust discs in the dairy department when I make pies, usually. Maybe I will make my own prize-winning crust this time since it is for her. But I will keep her out of the kitchen because of the bad language. That crust takes a lot of work and aggravation, but it did win me a prize one year in a baking contest.

    Today I'm making a Caribbean gingerbread with three gingers--ground, fresh, and crystallized. Anyone want the recipe?  I'll be glad to put it on here.

    Thanks again, everybody!
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    Re:pumpkin pie for Christmas 2009/12/19 15:20:08 (permalink)
    Couple more sites to search: http://www.allrecipes.com and http://www.cookstr.com. The difference is that I can post recipes to Allrecipes (not to worry, I haven't yet), but cookstr only allows professional chefs to post recipes.
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    Re:pumpkin pie for Christmas 2009/12/19 17:27:54 (permalink)
    Costco.  Large, cheap, and tasty.  I am a scratch baker, but why bother making from scratch with this combination?  
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    Re:pumpkin pie for Christmas 2009/12/19 17:53:06 (permalink)
    When your elderly mother requesta a pumpkin pie,  you make a pie  that "comes from the heart".  You  do NOT  run out to Coscto to  get something  large and cheap.
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    Re:pumpkin pie for Christmas 2009/12/19 22:08:19 (permalink)
    I heartily agree, Greymo.  That why when I did the search with Google, I searched for "old-fashioned pumpkin pie recipes" not just "pumpkin pie recipes".  And for the same reason, even though the Libby pumpkin can recipe is good, it is a more modern recipe  rather than an old-fashioned one.

    (A side note: Libby pumpkin is canned at the plant in Morton, IL, about 10 miles east of where I live, using pumpkins grown on farms around Morton.  Every year Morton holds a Pumpkin Festival.)
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    Re:pumpkin pie for Christmas 2009/12/20 12:44:59 (permalink)
    I 've used Libbey's recipe a few times in the past and always thought it was very good, but this last Thanksgiving, I found the pie a little bland.  

    I'd still use the recipe, but would add 1/2 tsp. more cinnamon and ginger than the recipe calls for.  I know what cause this flavor fatigue(if that's the word to use), because I recently made ginger bread that was so full of flavor, that I was probably looking for the same effect with the pie. 
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    Re:pumpkin pie for Christmas 2009/12/28 11:19:35 (permalink)
    Hi!
    I made the Libby recipe with additional spices (an extra teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice) and it came out just fine. Mother really liked it. She is not really my mother, but my hubby's. She came to live with us when she lost her mobility. But she treats me like a daughter and always has. She is also my fruitcake-eating buddy; nobody else in the family can stand it. So she's really okay with me.
    Thank you all. Hope you had a really great Christmas, Hanukkah, etc.!
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