Thanksgiving Memories and Pumpkin Pie, Part I

21 11 2011

In an effort to keep blogging from taking over my life I just post on weekdays. Since this is a short week you can only count on three posts from me. I probably won’t be posting over the holiday weekend, just too much to do since I am in charge of the Thanksgiving meal and am Queen of Shopping in my house. All three posts this week will have a Thanksgiving theme.

Today I am going to give you my Pumpkin Pie recipe. Over the last few years I have tweaked the standard recipe found on the back of the Libby’s pumpkin can to suit my tastes more. It all started with a mistake I made several years ago. The standard recipe calls for two cans of evaporated milk to make the two-pie recipe. Well, I messed up and put only one can of milk in that particular batch. Oops! But I liked the result as it was just more pumpkiny. Then it evolved even more because of  the pumpkin pie my mother’s best friend Emma Jane makes. She uses less sugar in her pie and I liked that as well as it made it less overwhelmingly sweet and made the pie and whipped cream work so well together, as opposed to fighting it out for the title of which is the sweetest. The last thing I did, which I just started last year, it to put all the ingredients in the blender and blend the heck out of it. That makes up for any creaminess lost due to cutting down on the milk. I like my pumpkin pie to be really creamy! So here it is!

Kim’s Pumpkin Pie

1 cup brown sugar

1 tsp salt

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground cloves

4 large eggs

1 -29 oz can pumpkin (not pie filling!!!)

1 -12 oz can evaporated milk

2 unbaked deep dish frozen pie crusts

Put everything (but the pie crust) in a blender and blend until well mixed. I recommend putting the wet ingredients in first and then the spices so they don’t get stuck in the bottom of the blender. Pour into the two pie shells and bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat and bake for 40-50 minutes more until knife inserted near center comes out clean.  Serve with whipped cream, lots of whipped cream!

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