This classic pie uses sugar, or pie, pumpkins, which are abundant in the fall. They are much smaller than jack-o'-lantern pumpkins; one average-size sugar pumpkin will yield enough purée for just a single pie.
- Portion size 8 servings
- Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: October 2013
- 1 sugar pumpkin (about 1.2 kg)
- Half Easy Roll Pie Pastry (Instructions in method)
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup whipping cream (35%)
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon each ground cloves and nutmeg
- Pinch salt
- 2/3 cups whipping cream (35%)
- 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
Halve and seed pumpkin; prick skin all over with fork. Roast, cut side down, on foil-lined baking sheet in 350°F (180°C) oven until flesh is tender, about 1 hour. Let cool. Scoop flesh into food processor; puree until smooth to make 2 cups. Drain in cheesecloth-lined strainer for 30 minutes; discard liquid.
Meanwhile, on lightly floured surface, roll out pastry into 12-inch (30 cm) circle; fit into 9-inch (23 cm) pie plate. Trim to leave 1-inch (2.5 cm) overhang; fold overhang under and flute edge.
Line pie shell with parchment paper; fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake on bottom rack in 375°F (190°C) oven until rim is light golden, about 30 minutes.
Remove weights and paper; bake until golden, about 10 minutes. In bowl, whisk pumpkin puree, eggs, cream, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, cloves, nutmeg and salt. Scrape into crust; smooth top.
Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until filling is set, 30 to 45 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 12 hours.
Garnish: Whip cream with sugar. Spoon into pastry bag fitted with .-inch (1 cm) star tip; pipe rosettes around edge of pie.
Nutritional facts per serving: about
- Fibre 1 g
- Sodium 146 mg
- Sugars 19 g
- Protein 6 g
- Calories 406.0
- Total fat 27 g
- Potassium 230 mg
- Cholesterol 124 mg
- Saturated fat 15 g
- Total carbohydrate 37 g
- Iron 12.0
- Folate 20.0
- Calcium 5.0
- Vitamin A 27.0
- Vitamin C 5.0