The best homemade pumpkin pie recipe ever!
Family celebrations just wouldn't be complete without a homemade pumpkin pie. This classic dessert is the star of many family celebrations like Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Just the thought of the heady aroma of spice and sweetness that fill our homes at that time makes me really want a slice of that pie!
Pumpkin is actually a vegetable and typically synonymous with Autumn, giving thanks and Hallowe’en! Part of the squash family you can cook the meat of the pumpkin down (peeled and diced) and once that is done – puree it in the food processor. But in today’s busy world, few of us have time for all of that effort, when cooked pumpkin is available all year long at the grocery store – in a can. Besides I would much rather spend the time save by going outdoors for a walk with my grandchildren and the dogs, that feverishly cooking over a hot stove. You know what I mean.
I think pumpkin pie is where my passion for baking and pies actually began. Yes this was another one of those pies baked by Grandma – but I learned to enjoy my Mom’s recipe even more. Grandma’s tended to be a dark version that you often see and very spicy, while Mom’s pumpkin pie was lighter in color, with a lovely blend of spice and sweetness. Hands down it was the best. So much so that when I went away to college – a full pie would travel back to school with me. I was really popular after a long weekend at home!
Fast forward a few years and pie became a staple in our family catering business menu. The bulk of our business was banquet catering – for weddings, sports and business events. Mom’s pumpkin pie was always asked for so we usually planned on making enough so that most could have seconds. You really can’t eat just one piece of pumpkin pie!
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