Recipe by The Spice Guru
My recipe for a fresh-roasted pumpkin pie. Touches like pure maple syrup, cream, dark rum, and Holiday Pumpkin Pie Spice make it special. It takes a bit of work, but is so worth it in the end. 1 2/3 cups canned pumpkin puree may be used to substitute fresh -- but you would be losing the warm, rich flavor you can get from a slow-roasted, fresh pumpkin.
Top Review by Garden Gate Kate
Holiday Pumpkin Pie banishes bland pumpkin pie forever! I love freshly-baked pumpkin and have been baking sugar pumpkins all this fall. Unfortunately, I did not have the oven space (or time) to roast a fresh pumpkin on Thanksgiving Day, so I used canned pumpkin puree. I mixed up recipe #490865 the day before and would never be tempted to substitute its excellent blend of flavors for ready-made versions. Make sure not to skip squeezing fresh lemon juice in the filling; it adds a pleasant freshness that is undetectable as lemon after being baked. My family has a penchant for pumpkin tarts, so I poured the fragrant filling into muffin pans lined with my own tart crust recipe (1 cup butter, 6 ounces softened cream cheese, 2 cups all-purpose flour blended together). The raw crust baked to flaky perfection while the filling caramelized to be rich and creamy in the full sixty-five minutes (usually, the pumpkin tarts bake in forty minutes but the canned pumpkin was moister than freshly roasted pumpkin and with the liquid additions of maple syrup, lemon juice, and spirits, the mini pies took twenty-five more minutes to set.) Holiday Pumpkin Pie filling developed a shiny golden glaze that I have never achieved with any other pumpkin pie recipe. Maple syrup caramelizes much better than brown sugar alone does. It is worth spending a little more money on good quality brandy and rum for a big improvement in flavor (I used one tablespoon of each in the filling). Since good brandy is very expensive, I purchased one 50 ml mini bottle of Remy Martin Fine Champagne Cognac VSOP. (Champagne Cognac is another name for brandy from the Cognac region of France). Also, I used Bacardi Select Dark Rum. My mom adores the topping. She would be perfectly satisfied to eat it by itself for dessert, and I dollop the topping on several other seasonal treats. Thank you, Spice Guru, for a first-class finale for my Thanksgiving feast!
- 1 medium sugar pumpkin, cut in half
- 1 pinch kosher salt
- 1 dash fine sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
- 2 1⁄2 tablespoons cold vegetable shortening
- 3 1⁄2 tablespoons ice water
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
- 2⁄3 cup golden brown sugar, loosely packed
- 2 1⁄8 teaspoons seasoning (Holiday Pumpkin Pie Spice)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 extra large eggs
- 1 extra-large egg yolk
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1⁄3 cup grade a pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons dark rum or 2 tablespoons brandy
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons lemon juice (fresh or bottled)
- 1 2⁄3 cups fresh roasted pumpkin puree
- 1 1⁄2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar (or to taste)
- 1⁄2 tablespoon dark rum or 1⁄2 tablespoon brandy
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 dusting seasoning (Holiday Pumpkin Pie Spice)
Directions See How It's Made
- PREPARE THE FRESH ROASTED PUMPKIN: Preheat oven to 375°F . Slice one medium to large sugar pumpkin carefully in half using a sharp or serrated knife. Scoop out all of the seeds and strings using an ice cream scoop. Season pumpkin flesh with a small pinch of kosher salt. Next, sprinkle lightly with fine granulated sugar. Place pumpkin halves cut-side down in a roasting pan. Fill roasting pan with 1/4 inch water. Place roasting pan with pumpkin on the center rack. Bake for one hour. Allow pumpkin to cool. Raise oven temperature to 425°F . Scoop out pumpkin flesh. Puree pumpkin well in a food processor. Mixture should be the consistency of baby food. Strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve. Transfer to a saucepan and simmer uncovered on stovetop for 10-15 minutes until the consistency of thick canned pumpkin puree. Remove from heat to cool. Measure 1 2/3 cups of puree and set aside.
- PREPARE THE CRUST: Measure 1 cup flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt into bowl of food processor. Process on high for 5 seconds. Grate 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter into small strips and add to flour. Add 2 1/2 tablespoons cold shortening in spoonfuls. Process for 5 seconds. Mix 3 1/2 tablespoons cold ice water with 1 teaspoon white vinegar and pour evenly over mixture. Process on high for 5 seconds. Add remaining 1/2 cup flour. Process high for 5 seconds. Place mixture on flat surface covered with waxed paper. Roughly mold into disc shape. Cover dough with waxed paper and roll just until dough is an evenly thick circle, about 1/8-inch thick or less. Remove top half of waxed paper. Turn dough-side down into 9-inch deep dish pie plate. Peel away remaining waxed paper. Fit dough evenly into pan without pressing too hard in any area. Trim pastry slightly larger than the pan and flute edges if desired (if dough becomes too soft, temper in the freezer for 2 minutes and continue until finished). Lightly move a rolling pin over top surface crust border to give a uniform appearance; Place into freezer for 10 minutes. Remove shell from freezer. Place small, light butter plate over middle of frozen dough. Bake for 15 minutes at 375°F . Remove from oven and remove small plate from center of crust with tongs. Place shell on cooling rack. Reduce oven setting to 350°F .
- PREPARE THE FILLING: In a small bowl, mix the following ingredients until clump-free: 2/3 cup golden brown sugar (loosely packed), 2 1/8 teaspoons Recipe #490865, and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt in a small mixing bowl. Set aside. Beat 2 extra large eggs lightly in a large mixing bowl. Separate an additional extra large egg and beat in reserved egg yolk. Whisk in 1 cup heavy whipping cream, 1/3 cup grade a pure maple syrup, 2 tablespoons dark rum, and 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice. Whisk the dry spice mixture into to the egg mixture. Whisk combined mixture gradually into the pumpkin puree until smooth and thoroughly combined.
- POUR mixture into the prepared pie crust.
- BAKE pie at 350°F for 55-65 minutes, until edges are set and center appears slightly soft (oven temperatures vary, so adjust accordingly). Allow pie to cool completely on a rack, uncovered.
- PREPARE THE TOPPING: Whip 1 1/2 cups whipping cream using an electric mixer on high speed, while gradually adding 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, until cream begins to thicken. Add 1/2 tablespoon dark rum and 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract. Continue whipping until cream is thick, light and fluffy but not overbeaten (you want whipped cream, not butter!).
- TOP THE PIE (OPTION 1): Carefully spread whipped cream on cooled pie using a frosting spatula, leaving crust untouched, decorating in swirls.
- TOP THE PIE (OPTION 2): Cut pie into serving-sized wedges and place onto serving plate(s). Fill a pastry bag with whipped cream. Using a decorator tip, carefully squeeze whipped cream into a swirled dollop onto cooled pie.
- GARNISH whipped topping with a very light dusting of Recipe #490865.
- SLICE, serve and enjoy!