Let’s talk pie, shall we? Pumpkin pie in particular.
I like pumpkin pie, but it’s safe to say my daughters LOVE pumpkin pie. It was one of the first “real foods” each of them tasted, mainly because my family was sneaking it to them when I was busy cleaning up Thanksgiving dinners. There is something so simple, yet so delicious, about pumpkin pie. For many years, my husband and I have hosted Thanksgiving dinner for our family and friends. That means a lot of prep, a lot of shopping , a lot of cooking, a lot of people and, to keep it real, a lot of stress.
Because of this I am always looking for ways to simplify things, make things easier, save some time. And my pumpkin pie is one of the things that I’ve found a way to simplify. Moment of truth – for my pumpkin pies I use the premade pie crusts that come rolled up in a box in the fridge section of the grocery store. Yep, those pie shells aren’t from scratch. And without fail, every year someone compliments me on my pie crusts. I used to start explaining, now I’m at the point where I just thank them – I mean I did buy them myself, unroll them and fill them with pie filling, that counts for something, right?
I’ve also simplified the pie recipe we use, which is a spin on the Libby’s classic pumpkin pie recipe. My mom always made the famous Libby’s Pumpkin Pies, but instead of using the two cans of evaporated milk that the recipe calls for, she would use one can of sweetened condensed milk and one can of evaporated milk, skip adding any extra sugar, and call it good. It is so quick and easy, and pretty much fool proof.
I’ve tried using fresh pumpkin for pies before, and it’s good, but I find that it can be really inconsistent. I’m all for experimenting and trying new things, just not for big events like Thanksgiving dinner. At times like that, I stick with what is tried and true. And my pumpkin pies are no exception.
RECIPE TIPS: So if you want an easy, no fail, pumpkin pie recipe, this is my go to. I like to kick up the spices, putting in probably double what the recipe calls for. I like my pie spicy. If you feel the same way, feel free to increase the amount of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. I also prefer my pies thick, so I do not use the entire can of evaporated milk. Some people make like a slightly more traditional texture, but a good solid thick pie is my thing. Also, canned pumpkin can vary greatly from brand to brand and even batch to batch. If your pumpkin does not seem thick coming out of the can (meaning you need to spoon/scoop it out), I would suggest cutting back slightly on the evap milk. A few cans of pumpkin I’ve had this year have seen much runnier than what I’ve always seen in the past.
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