The 2020 Holidays Recipe Collection
How you doin’? Are you in a quandary? Do you want to bake a pumpkin pie or pecan pie for Thanksgiving? Do you want to make both? Decisions, decisions, decisions! What’s a person to do?
With this recipe you can have the best of both worlds and please everyone seated at the dinner table. This recipe offers a little bit of each—a wonderful custardy pumpkin base crown with baked golden pecans. Sprinkle a little granulate sugar on top of the pecans just when you put the pie in the oven.
If you don’t have a favorite pie crust curst recipe, use mine—it’s perfect!
Prep time: 15 minutes, plus the crust time
Bake time: 50 minutes
Cool time: 60 minutes
Yield: One 9” Pie / 6 to 8 servings
1-1/2 cups canned pumpkin puree (not canned pie filling)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1-1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
3 large eggs, slightly beaten
1-1/4 cups milk
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1-1/2 cups pecan halves
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 9-Inch unbaked pastry shell (see recipe below)
ChefSecret: At this time of year, you can usually find a Pumpkin Pie spice already premixed in the spice section of your supermarket. Just use 1 tablespoon of the premix and forget the rest of the spices listed above.
Ed’s Perfect Pie Crust
© Ed Engoron, Choclatique-150 simply Elegant Desserts, Running Press, 2011
Prep time: 10 minutes
Yield: Makes One 9-Inch Double-Crust Pie (enough for two single-crusted pies)
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 pound (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut in 1/2-inch pieces
1/4 cup cold vegetable shortening, cut in 1/2-inch pieces (for an extra flaky crust you can use lard)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons very cold water
Covid-19 Quip of the Day: “My husband purchased a world map and then gave me a dart and said, “Throw this and wherever it lands—that’s where I’m taking you when this pandemic ends.” Turns out, we’re spending two weeks behind the fridge. I’ve got to learn to get better at darts!”
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