Homemade Pumpkin Pie

pumpkin pie 005The song “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays” makes a reference to homemade pumpkin pie being looked forward to by a man going to Pennsylvania. We can certainly understand why someone would do that!

Here are three of those “to-travel-for” pies made from some of our farm-grown pumpkins. Contrary to popular belief, traditional jack-o’-lantern-type pumpkins make coarsely textured pies. For better pumpkin pie, we recommend the Long Island Cheese which is a “moschata” pumpkin.  Long Island Cheese pumpkins are brighter orange, higher in nutrients and sugars, always smooth grained and have a denser flesh that will result in a better custard.

(There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays

Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays
‘Cause no matter how far away you roam
When you pine for the sunshine of a friendly gaze
For the holidays you can’t beat home, sweet home

I met a man who lives in Tennessee and he was headin’ for
Pennsylvania and some homemade pumpkin pie;
From Pennsylvania folks are travelin’ down Dixie’s sunny shore;
From Atlantic to Pacific –
Gee, the traffic is terrific!

Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays,
‘Cause no matter how far away you roam –
If you want to be happy in a million ways,
For the holidays – you can’t beat home, sweet home!
For the holidays – you can’t beat home, sweet home!

pumpkin pie 007A sure way to get your friends and family to visit you during the holidays is to make them a homemade pumpkin pie. Just use your favorite pumpkin pie recipe to bring them home. Here’s ours:  started by quartering and seeding the pumpkin. We oven roast it at 400 degrees for 45 minutes. Then,  peel the pumpkin after it cools and puree in a blender or food processor or hand mash it in a large bowl.  From there, the recipe: For every 2 cups of pureed pumpkin add 1 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. of ginger, 1/4 tsp. cloves and 1/2 tsp of salt. Next, add your custard ingredients: 2 eggs, 1 can of evaporated milk (or 1 cup of whole milk or light cream) and 3/4 cup sugar. Everything should be nice and blended.  Pour into a unbaked pie crust. Bake in a preheated 350° F oven for 45 minutes to an hour depending on your oven and the depth of your pie. Check for firmness toward the end of the baking time, but don’t let the pumpkin filling over cook or scorch. We found this to be very tasty, creamy, with the right amount of sweetness and pumpkin flavor.  Now invite some friends to enjoy that homemade pumpkin pie.

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