This year was another year full of blessings for our family. Three major events took place that our family is so thankful for. First, was the wedding of our youngest daughter, Megan, to Donald in July. It was a small, intimate wedding with family and friends. Second, on October 19, we all welcomed their second son, Theo. He came by way of Caesarian section but as healthy as can be. Third, in May, our eldest daughter, Erin, got engaged to her fiance, Howard. We couldn’t be more happier to welcome him to the family. We are blessed with these two men who we know will take care and love our girls as much as we do.
Since Erin moved to North Carolina and Megan to Gainesville, spending Thanksgiving together has been tough. This year is no different. Both Ralph and Erin will not be in town to celebrate. So when Erin came home to visit Theo, I decided to have an early Thanksgiving celebration so we are all under one roof for once.
I love Thanksgiving and hosting the celebration at our home. Over the years, our family have found favorite dishes to prepare for this day. Typically , on the menu are a roasted turkey (although lately ham has become a favorite), Ralph’s wild rice stuffing, creamy mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, apple or pumpkin pie (either store bought or home made), green beens, cranberry sauce, gravy and rolls. This year, we had barbecue ribs, mashed potatoes, green beans almondine, bread stuffing, cornbread, lomi, biko and a pumpkin pie.
This pumpkin pie recipe is the easiest our there. What I most enjoyed about baking this one is that Zeke, helped me make the pastry cut-out. There is just something special about this. He loves to “cook”. He even has his own toy kitchen! I love that his parents didn’t have any qualms about giving him this toy. I hope he grows up to be a great chef.
Others would say that there is nothing wrong about using pre-made crusts for the bottom of the pie but make fresh crust for the topping. In the interest of time, I used pre-made pie crusts for both top and pastry cut out. This recipe also calls to use canned pumpkin. This is by far the easiest pie you will make.
Happy Thanksgiving to all
Makes 2 (9-inch) pies or 1 (9-inch) deep dish pie
PREP TIME: 30 minutes
COOKING TIME:35 minutes to 1 hour 5 minutes
- 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin purée
- 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- 2 blind baked 9-inch pie shells, or 1 unbaked 9-inch deep dish pie shell (one extra for pastry shapes cut outs)
Arrange an oven rack in lowest position and heat to 425°F. Place the pumpkin purée, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, and pumpkin pie spice in a large bowl and whisk until combined.
If making 2 (9-inch) pies: Divide filling between 2 blind baked 9-inch pie shells. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350°F and bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes more. Let cool on a wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
If making 1 (9-inch) deep dish pie: Pour the filling into an unbaked 9-inch deep dish pie shell. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350°F and bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes more. Let cool on a wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
Pastry cut outs: I used a pre-made pie crust. I highly recommend preparing it fresh and roll slightly thicken than the pre-made one. Use an egg wash of 1 egg and 1 tbsp milk to brush each cut out. Bake in pre heated 250 degree oven for 10-12 min. Watch it as it cooks quickly. Take them out once each pastry cut out is golden brown. NOTE: Bake the cut outs separately and place on cooked pie later.
Blind baking: To blind bake the pie shells, bake at 425°F until the edges just start to brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool before adding the filling.
Storage: Refrigerate leftovers for up to 4 days.
Below is my grandson, Zeke, helping me cut out autumn leaf and pumpkin cut outs. Check out how intently serious he was about the task at hand. What was funny was he loved to cut the shapes and replaced the cut out back into the mold.
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