Prep 30 mins
Cook 8 hrs
We have celebrated this pie with Thanksgivings and Christmases for over 40 years! The pie is extremely light and of such a high volume, it looks like clouds. We do not normally put whipped cream on top, as this is truly gilding the lily. But then again, it certainly makes it lush. This pie is just a little different than the others posted here, it is spicier and a little bit sweeter. I count chilling time in the passive time, as well as the cooking time. I start this pie in the morning, so I don't feel rushed. It really does take time for the pie to firm up. I have posted a separate recipe of the Perfect Pie Crust for anyone who needs more detailed instruction and more pictures.
- 2 cups flour
- 1⁄2 cup corn oil (Wesson)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 cup milk (cold)
- 3⁄4 cup dark brown sugar (firmly packed)
- 1 (7 g) envelope unflavored gelatin
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ginger
- 3 egg yolks (slightly beaten)
- 3⁄4 cup 2% low-fat milk
- 1 1⁄4 cups pumpkin (can or mashed and cooked)
- 3 egg whites
- 1⁄3 cup granulated sugar
- Make crust: Sift flour and salt into bowl.
- Pour oil into measuring cup and add enough cold milk to make 3/4 cup.
- Pour into flour and stir with a fork until mixed.
- Save 1/2 for another time, or make 2 crusts.
- Roll, make standing rim, and prick with fork.
- Bake at 450° for 8-10 minutes, or until golden.
- In a saucepan, mix brown sugar, spices, salt and gelatin.
- Measure the milk into a 2 cup measuring cup (to allow for the yolks), add the egg yolks and beat slightly.
- Stir into saucepan with sugar and spice mixture.
- Stir over medium-high heat until mixture comes to a boil.
- Remove from heat and stir in pumpkin.
- Chill until mixture mounds, but not too stiff.
- Beat egg whites until very frothy and they start to form soft peaks.
- Very gradually pour in sugar beating constantly until stiff peaks are formed.
- Fold into pumpkin mixture and gently pour into crust.
- Chill until firm. (this sometimes takes 4-6 hours).
- If feeling decadent, top with homemade whipped cream.
This pie was phenomenal! A huge hit at the Thanksgiving Dinner we attended.. The consistency of mine was a little too loose - it fell apart a little too easily, but I am sure it was something I did wrong being new to cooking.. The taste however was amazing and there was NONE left.. I did a graham cracker crust instead too.. !
Oops, I reviewed the wrong recipe. I haven't tried this one just yet.
This pie was delicious. I wanted something lighter than the traditional pumpkin pie and this was perfect. Thank you for the recipe.