This almost traditional pumpkin pan pie gets a full five stars for its light and creamy texture. Unlike the heavy custard-like pumpkin pie we grew up to regard as “The Thanksgiving Pie“, this almost traditional pumpkin pan pie has a slightly milder flavor and a lighter sweetness than its ancestor. Its firm texture makes it nice for plating. Because it’s a pan pie it makes two times more…just another reason to fall in love.
The Real Deal-io
Okay, here’s the deal-io! You can get extra fancy by making your own crust, therefore creating an extra extra delicious pumpkin pie, or you can be like me and go for easy (yet still delicious) and buy refrigerated pie crust. If I had the time in my day and I wanted to pull off a completely “homemade” Thanksgiving dinner and dessert I’d opt for making my own crust. However, all Thanksgiving dinners take forever and a day to make, so little tricks like this help to preserve my sanity.
Unroll your double package refrigerated pie crust and layer side-by-side like I have in the photo above. The center pieces will overlap a bit. You’ll take care of that in the next step!
Trim all the overlapping pieces along with the edges so that you have a perfect rectangle. I pressed a ruffled border into the edges of my pie crust using my fingers. As you can see I didn’t get really fancy. I like that there’s a bit of a rustic look to this simple dessert.
Pre-bake your pie crust at 400 degrees for 10 minutes! While the crust is baking mix your canned pumpkin, brown sugar, pie spice, salt, eggs, milk and half and half.
Remove your crust from the oven and pour your pumpkin mixture over the partially baked crust. I covered my pie crust edges with tin foil to prevent burning. You don’t want to come all this way and end up with burnt edges, right? Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Here’s where “homemade” becomes important. Nothing beats homemade whipped cream and it takes only seconds to make. While your pie is cooling mix together 1 cup of heavy whipping cream, 1 cup of powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla with an electric hand mixer till you can form nice firm peaks. Add a dollop of this sweet yumminess to your pie, sprinkle with a little extra pumpkin pie spice and enjoy!
Wishing you a warm and ever-so-sweet Thanksgiving!