Monday, November 29, 2010

Pumpkin Pie - A pictorial

Hello everyone!  I’m sure the extended weekend was reason enough to give thanks!  How was your Thanksgiving dinner? How many of you filled up your houses with  Black Friday shopping? Did you  wait outside the stores to grab the door busters ?
Most of my shopping was done online or on Saturday.  I have never been to see the mad rush at the opening hours on Friday, and I don't think that I would ever do it sacrificing my precious sleep ;-)

We had a fantastic Thanksgiving Turkey dinner at our friend's place! Everybody had a great time with so much fun and lots of good food. My daughter made me promise to make a pumpkin pie for her this year and I did. It came out so well, and I'm glad to share the recipe with you all.  Next time I will try to make the pumpkin puree also at home :-)

Pumpkin Pie

My family loved it and I can assure you that it is much better than the store bought ones :-)And I loved the Pate Brisse

Pumpkin Pie

Now a pictorial of the process
Disclaimer: The pictures are not the best. I had to manage the process, the camera , a 9 year old and a toddler who is still in his terrible 2 ;-)

The first 4 steps of pie crust making.  Cutting the butter, mixing the flour with salt and sugar, mixing in the butter and adding water

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Make a disc out of the dough, cover it and chill.Also rolling out

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Transferring the disc and pinching the sides.

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The final steps. Making the filling and baking the pie

Pumpkin Pie

And last but not the least, a slice for you ;-)

Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients

For Pie crust(Pate Brisse):

Flour- 1 1/4 cup
Salt- 1/2 tsp
Sugar- 2 tsp
Ice cold water- 3-4 Tbsp(I used 3 1/2 Tbsp)
Butter- 8 Tbsp

For Pumpkin Pie filling:

Pumpkin puree -2 cups (I used store bought organic puree)
Eggs -3
Brown sugar- 3/4 cup
White sugar -1/4 cup
Salt -1/4 tsp
Cinnamon -2 tsp
Ginger powder -1/2 tsp
Cloves -1/4 tsp
Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
Nutmeg - 1/8 tsp
Heavy cream -1/2 cup

Method:

1.Whisk together the flour, salt and sugar or pulse them together in the mixing bowl of your food processor.
2.Cut the butter into 1 inch cubes and add it to the flour mixture.
3.Process till the mixture turns little crumbly, but still there is some butter fragments.
4.Add the ice cold water 1 Tbsp at a time and run the processor.Add a couple of tablespoons more and mix well.After adding 3 Tbsp, try to hold the mixture together. If it is coming together, you are done. If not add a little more water and mix again.
5.Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface using your hand, till everything comes together.Do not over knead. Make a dics out of the dough and chill it for at least half an hour or up to a couple of hours.
6.Just before you start to make the filling, take out the dough from refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for 10-12 minutes.Also preheat the oven at 425 degree F.
7.For making the filling, mix together the eggs and sugars first.Addthe rest of the ingredients and mix well.
8.Roll out the dough into a 1/4 to 1/3 inch disc which is about 13 inches in diameter.I rolled it on the plastic wrap so that it doesn't stick anywhere.Or else you could flour the surface lightly and check frequently for the sticking dough.
9.Invert the greased pie pan on the top of the crust and invert everything including the plastic wrap.(This is much more easier for transferring the crust when compared to all other methods I've tried so far :-)
10.Take out the wrap and gently press in the crust to fit it inside the pie pan.
11.Now gently take out the extra sides hanging out of the pan. (I didn't have much though)
12.Pinch the sides carefully so that you get a nice pattern.
13.Keep the crust covered and let sit chilled for about 10 minutes. This helps the pie crust to retain it's shape. I didn't have time to do this step and you can see that, though I pinched the sides well the end product doesn't have a beautiful outer edge.
14.Slowly pour in the prepared filling and bake at 425 degree F for 15 minutes.
15.Then reduce the temperature to 350 degree F and bake for about 50-55 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Notes:

1.The filling is moderately sweet. If you like it sweeter please feel free to add more sugar.
2.If you do not have a food processor, use a hand blender to mix the pie crust dough.  You could use your hand too, but the warmth of your hand might make the butter melt.  If you need a really flaky crust, the butter should be in bits and pieces in the dough.

Contributor: Namitha
Recipe Courtesy: Various internet sites

52 comments:

  1. Pie looks great...I am yet to taste a pumpkin pie...or anything that is made of pumpkin...I have a preconceived notion it doesn't taste good....without even tasting it.....May be one day I will get brave and taste it....:D

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  2. Gorgeous pictorial.Love the last picture. Very generous of you to share with us a wedge! :)

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  3. Simply divine, pumpkin pie looks fantastic..

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  4. Oh My My this looks divine great pic...i have never tried pumpkin pie, this is intruding me to give it a try :)

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  5. Gorgeous..Gorgeous ..Gorgeous pie...it has holidays written all over!

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  6. Looks soooooooo delish with step pictures.. I am mouthwatering.. and so much tempted. Awesome pictures.

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  7. looks yummy, my fav pumpkin pie, great

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  8. I don't really like pumpkin but this sure looks delicious. May be its a good way to start liking it with something sweet?!

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  9. pics oke assalayitundu...puthu puthan camera koodi ayrunengil photography award vangikam :)terrible 2 is causing so much problems !! any tips to keep them engaged at home ?He is so bored with his toys :(

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  10. I think the photos are wonderful! Very nice looking pie, I'm impressed, especially with your hands full! ;D

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  11. tht looks gorgeous and im sure it tasted fab..have never really had pumpkin pie ..but dared 2 make a loaf this year..next year il brave through a pie

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  12. Gorgeous pumpkin pie...loved the step by step pictures..so good

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  13. I agree! Pumpkin pie from the store is terrible! Yours shows so much care and I bet the taste was fantastic!

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  14. Amazing step by step recipe.....

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  15. I can just stare at these stunning pictures all day long, of course accompanied by drool. The pie looks perfect!

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  16. Wonderful stepwise...want to grab that slice now :)

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  17. Your pumpkin pie came out beautiful. Thanksgiving is not the same without pumpkin pie gracing the table.

    I did enjoy Black Friday but did not partake before 9:00 a.m.. I can't think of anything I want that bad, to hit the stores at 4:00 a.m. For me, Black Friday is about socializing.

    Cheers!
    Velva

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  18. looks great one of my all time fav American foods

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  19. Looks pretty. I especially love your crust! Perfect crust is so hard to achieve. I saw a recipe somewhere for a chipotle spiced pumpkin pie. HMM!

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  20. That is a great looking pie...love the photos!

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  21. GOOODNESSS!!!!that pie looks sooooo vrry tempting Namitha :)

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  22. OMG! Amazing..the photos, the pie..lovely :) I love the last picture :)

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  23. The pics are amazing...the slice of pumpkin pie looks soooo tempting

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  24. That looks absolutely amazing! Awesome job!

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  25. Despite the mentioning of your two kids, the pictorial is too good.

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  26. Cant take eye from the gorgeous pictures. came out very nice .

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  27. extremely delicious :) FANTASTIC photography :) love it

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  28. ugran chech!!!beautiful clicks too
    we also had this for the Tg party!!!!

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  29. wow! ur pie looks gorgeous.. i am tempted to eat out from that plate..

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  30. NAmitha Pie looks beautiful....me too baked this year(result of a promise to DD)...

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  31. droolworthy pics...love to have it right now..! can you omit eggs in this recipe or not?

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  32. Thank you :-)
    @Jagruti :-) As I've read the eggs in a pie like pumpkin pie is for thickening as it is a custard pie. So if you replace the eggs with something, it won't taste the same :( But I saw a couple of recipes that substitute egg with cornstarch.. you could try that. Good luck !

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  33. It looks just devine ,,,,,,,,,,,,,i never ate it but after seeing the pici feel like.
    biny

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  34. WOW very tempting pie. Perfect for the holidays. Cant take my eyes of the pic :)

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  35. This is one of the best looking pumpkin pie I have seen!!


    US Masala

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  36. My daughter loves pumpkin pie. I have never made it at home. Yours looks wonderful. Excellent pictures and tutorial..thanks!

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  37. Wow...ur pumpkin pie looks delicious! Loved how u described the whole process! I too made pumkin pie on thanksgiving...eggless one! But my pictures are not as great as urs.
    I will be posting recipe today!

    :)

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  38. Looks perfect! Great Job Namitha! I can see you had a great thanks giving!

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  39. Looks so good. I hope you had a good thanksgiving. I decided to go away to some warm weather instead. Love your photos and your blog. You have a new follower :)

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  40. Pie looks delicious. You have managed to get good pictures even with the unmanageable toddlers of yours :)

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  41. great recipe...nice to see that you made the crust from scratch..i usually go lazy and buy crust from store...nice effort and pie looks yummy....

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  42. inviting dish looking so fabulous ki grab it and just eat it.
    thanks for visiting my blog and hope in future also

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  43. whoa, this looks incredible. I'm hungry and wish I had some right now

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  44. Namitha....
    I trid the pie and was amaizing...
    I never had the courage to make a crest...I have no words to explain...It came out so well and my 5 yr old ate almost half...Thank you so much...Your blog is such an inspiration for more adventures....

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