Karen’s Killer Fixin’s: Pumpkin Pie ~ Made with Fresh Pumpkin

  It’s time for Karen’s Killer Fixin’s! Over the years, I’ve filled two 4-inch, 3-ring binders with my own creations as well as recipes my family and friends were willing to share with me.  I simply love to cook and want to share that love with my readers. So every Friday, I share one recipe I think you and your family might enjoy. It might be a main course recipe. A cookie or baked item. Candy. Salads. Whatever strikes my eye and fancy…which today is PUMPKIN PIE ~ MADE WITH FRESH PUMPKIN. A Double Feature Recipe!! This week’s recipes are courtesy of a request by a friend of mine. We were talking about her abundance of pumpkins and what to do with them all. I suggested preparing them for freezing for fresh pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, which reminded me that it was time to share this recipe.  The first time I made my family homemade pumpkin pie with fresh pumpkin, they put a moratorium on ANY canned pumpkin. It’s that fresh and that tasty! We like the lighter touch on spices, too.  With the deluge of pumpkins on the market this month, it makes good sense to get your pumpkins now and freeze it so all you have to do is thaw it in November for your pies. The first recipe below tells you how to prepare and freeze the pumpkin (easy peasy) and the second recipe is how to make the BEST, freshest pumpkin pie you’ve ever had. I’ve even had people who hate pumpkin pie like this one. I’ve found happy holidays can be truly happy, even for the cook, with some advanced planning. :) I hope you enjoy today’s Killer Fixin’s.  Happy eating! Karen P.S.  We’re at 60 recipes and counting with this posting.  Hope you find some recipes you like. If this is your first visit, please check out past blogs for more Killer Fixin’s. In the right hand column menu, you can even look up past recipes by type. i.e. Desserts, Breads, Beef, Chicken, Soups, Author Specials, etc.

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PUMPKIN…MAKING/FREEZING FRESH

Small pumpkins are best for flavor and texture and ease of preparation, however, larger pumpkins can also be used. MUST USE whole, fresh pumpkins, not those used as Jack O’Lanterns!! Cut pumpkin in half (thirds if larger) and scoop out all seeds and debris.  (Set seeds aside if desired to make baked pumpkin seeds.)  Leaving rind on, place cut side down on cookie sheet or pan large enough to accommodate pumpkin halves.  Bake in 275 degree oven 45-60 minutes until pumpkin meat is fork tender. NOTE:  After 60 minutes, if pumpkin is not quite tender, check in 10 minute increments.  There might be a bit of browning juice in bottom but that’s okay as long as it doesn’t burn. When pumpkin is tender, remove from oven and let cool enough so it can be handled.  Scoop the tender pumpkin into a ricer or food processor (even a blender can work in a pinch if you don’t mind stopping to push down pulp until smooth, a bit time-consuming though) and process until texture is smooth. When pumpkin meat is completely cooled, spoon into ziplock freezer bags and mark with the date processed.  Freeze flat for easier stacking.  Thaw completely before use. NOTE:  Use processed pumpkin in pumpkin pies, cookies, and desserts as needed.  Be aware that fresh pumpkin retains more moisture than canned pumpkin and adjust your recipes accordingly.  If you wish to freeze pumpkin for future pies, recommend freezing in five-cup increments.  That way you’ll have exactly enough fresh pumpkin for the two pies in next recipe.  Then, all you need to do is thaw one package.

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KAREN DOCTER’S FRESH PUMPKIN PIE [Two 9-inch deep-dish pies]

  2 uncooked 9-inch piecrusts 1 large can pumpkin OR 5 cups fresh (thawed) pumpkin (see 1st recipe) 2 T. flour 1-1/2 cup packed brown sugar ½ tsp. ginger ½ tsp. nutmeg ¼ tsp. salt ½ tsp. cinnamon 1 can evaporated milk (NOT sweetened condensed milk) 2 large eggs (add last!) SPECIAL NOTE:  Recipe above is for a fresh tasting pumpkin pie using canned pumpkin.  If using fresh pumpkin, increase flour to 3 T. and use 3 eggs. Make two 9-inch, deep-dish piecrusts, either from scratch or use ready made (there are generally two in a pack in your grocery freezer section, NOT graham cracker crumb piecrust!).  Set aside. In large bowl, beat together rest of ingredients until smooth and thoroughly mixed.  Pour into uncooked piecrusts, spreading evenly between pie shells.  Do not overfill—extra pumpkin can be poured into small, oven-proof bowls and cooked separately as a custard.  (Great for those who don’t want crust!)  Bake in 400 degree oven, 10-15 minutes. Then, turn down heat to 350 degrees for 45 minutes until middle is set. NOTE:  May need to cook longer to set when using fresh pumpkin.  Check in ten-minute increments after 45 minutes.  Cool on racks and serve.  If not serving immediately, cool, and then place (covered with plastic wrap) in refrigerator.  Serve with whipped cream.
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4 Responses to Karen’s Killer Fixin’s: Pumpkin Pie ~ Made with Fresh Pumpkin

  1. Mari Collier says:

    I love your blogs. This is almost the perfect old fashioned pumpkin pie. If you want the taste of long, long ago, do not pack the brown sugar too much and add one tablespoon of unsulphered molasses. I once did the freezing of pumpkin when I had a family. Now I use the commercial. I love the texture of the pumpkin pie when using the fresh or frozen pumpkin.

    • Karen Docter says:

      I love the “old-fashioned” way of cooking, Mari. I’ve never tried the REALLY old-fashioned way with unsulphered molasses, probably because I’ve never known where to get it. :) Molasses can give recipes a ‘dark’ taste for some. I have a great recipe for flaky piecrust, too, I’ll share one of these days (hmmm, or maybe I already have, will have to look) but I don’t usually have time these days to go to that extra trouble.

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the blogs…and the recipes! I love sharing them.

  2. My son LOVES pumpkin pie. I bought the ingredients this week to make some and he was excited at the thought.

    Making them from scratch? Sounds like a great idea. I think I’ll buy the pumpkins in November when the prices drop after Halloween. Then again, I’d hate to miss out.

    My granny told the ‘family secret’ ingredient to everyone she knew, so when I bake a pumpkin pie, I add a dash of pepper in her memory.

    • Karen Docter says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Pepper! My family lives for pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving and Christmas, too. We do love the fresher flavor of scratch pumpkin pie. We get our pumpkins now when we’ve found them least inexpensive…at least in our neck of the woods. I’ve found pumpkins aren’t always easy to find after Halloween and, if I do, they’re a lot more expensive and not as good because they’re actually older. Season is October…here, at least. :) It’s a lot less work wrapped around the holidays, too, if I get this part done early. Of course, you do need freezer space!

      Good luck with your pies! And granny’s secret ingredient sounds interesting. Never heard of that. Good for you keeping that tradition alive!

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