12/1/10

Pumpkin Cream Pie

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I'm not a fan of pumpkin pie.  It's a texture thing (custard, blech!).  I do, however, love the flavor of pumpkin pie.  When I came across Pioneer Woman's Pumpkin Cream Pie, I knew it would be delicious.  This pie has all of the pumpkin spice that I love, and none of the thick custard.  I added a layer of homemade whipped cream to give it that final touch.

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Pumpkin Cream Pie

Ingredients:

Crust:
1-1/2 package graham crackers (about 15 cookie sheets)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 stick butter, melted

Filling:
1 box (3 oz.) vanilla pudding (cook and serve variety)
1 cup half and half
1/2 cups heavy cream
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of ground cloves
2 Tablespoons whiskey 
1/2 cups (plus 3 tablespoons) pumpkin puree
1/2 cups (additional) heavy cream
2 tablespoons brown sugar
extra graham cracker crumbs, for garnish

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  

Grind graham crackers in a food processor.  Add powdered sugar and melted butter and process until totally combined.  Press into the bottom and sides of a pie pan until nice and firm.  Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until warm and "set."  Remove from oven and allow crust to cool completely.

In a medium saucepan, mix dry pudding mix with half-and-half and cream.  Add spices.  Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is bubbly and thick.  Remove from heat and stir in whiskey, if using.  Add pumpkin and stir to combine.  Place lid on pot and set aside to cool.  When cool enough, place pot in the fridge to cool completely. 

When mixture is cool.  remove from the fridge.  In a mixing bowl, add 1/2 cup heavy cream and brown sugar.  Beat until very light and fluffy.  Fold in pumpkin cream mixture until combined.  Pour into cooled crust.  

Cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours or overnight.  Serve with graham crackers crumbled on top.

Source:  Pioneer Woman

1 comments:

Mom said...

This is really yummy. I had some the other night. And went back for seconds the next morning. Yum, yum. Less guilt with healthy pumpkin.

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