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A Veritable Pumpkin Pie

Courses: Dessert, Pies
Serves: 8 people

Recipe Ingredients

1 1/2 cups 93g / 3.3ozFlour
1/4 teaspoon 1.3mlSalt - (heaping)
2 1/2 teaspoons 12mlSugar
6 tablespoons 90mlCold unsalted butter - cut 1/2" pieces
3 tablespoons 45mlShortening - chilled
1/3 cup 78mlIce water - (to 1/2)
2   Eggs
1   Pumpkin puree - (15 oz)
3/4 cup 177mlMilk
3/4 cup 177mlWhipping cream
1 cup 160g / 5.6ozDark brown sugar - (packed)
1 teaspoon 5mlGround cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon 3.8mlGround ginger
1/4 teaspoon 1.3mlGround nutmeg
1 cup 237mlWhipping cream

Recipe Instructions

For the Crust: Use a fork to mix together the flour, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Toss the butter chunks with the flour mixture and chill 10 minutes in the freezer.

Blend the butter into the flour mixture using your fingertips or a pastry cutter until the dough is partly the texture of coarse meal, with some chunks of butter flattened but still whole. When you're three-fourths of the way to this point with the butter, add the shortening, blending it in the same way.

Using a fork, stir the water into the flour-butter-shortening mixture 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time, just until a piece of dough holds together when pressed between your fingers. Gather the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic, press it into a disk and chill 15 to 30 minutes.

On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough to 1/8- to a scant 1/4-inch thickness and fit it into a glass or dull aluminum perforated 9-inch pie pan, guiding the dough downward to hug the sides of the pan. Using scissors, trim the dough to a 1/2- to 3/4-inch overhang. Fold this extension under itself to create a rim. Use the side of your index finger and thumb and the index finger of your other hand to crimp the edges of the dough. Chill or freeze the crust until ready to fill, at least one hour.

For the Filling: Heat the oven to 425 degrees.

Whisk the eggs until well blended, then add the pumpkin, milk, cream, sugar, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, whisking until well blended. Pour the filling into the prepared crust. (If there is too much filling, pour in the remainder after the pie has baked for 5 to 10 minutes and set slightly.)

Bake on the lowest oven rack for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350 and bake until the filling is still slightly jiggly in the center, 40 to 45 more minutes. Remove the pie to a cooling rack and cool completely before serving.

For the Topping: Whip the cream until soft peaks form, about 3 to 4 minutes. Serve with the pie. Make the pie a day ahead and refrigerate. Remove from the refrigerator an hour before serving.

Dietary Information:

Each serving: 447 calories; 249 mg sodium; 114 mg cholesterol; 25 grams fat; 14 grams saturated fat; 51 grams carbohydrates; 6 grams protein; 1.41 grams fiber.

"The Los Angeles Times, 11-14-2001"


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