Ditch that processed canned pumpkin and try making a pumpkin pie from scratch using the real deal. Here's a recipe for homemade pumpkin pie using a real pumpkin:
Ditch that processed canned pumpkin and try making a pumpkin pie from scratch using the real deal. Here's a recipe for homemade pumpkin pie using a real
First, prepare the fresh pumpkin.
How to roast a pumpkin:
- Choose a pie pumpkin without any major blemishes or soft spots.
- Wash the pumpkin under water and brush off any dirt.
- Using a sharp knife, cut the pumpkin in half on a cutting board.
- Scoop out the seeds and "guts" with a metal spoon or ice-cream scoop.
- Lay the pumpkin cut-side down in a large baking dish or pan with sides.
- Cover with approximately 1/4 inch water.
- Bake at 350° for 45-60 minutes or until flesh is tender (test by sticking fork in it).
- Turn over pumpkin halves and, once cool enough to handle, scoop out the flesh.
- If the flesh is watery or too moist, place it in a fine sieve over a bigger bowl. Gently stir and turn over to drain the excess water.
- Puree the flesh with a hand blender or food processor until smooth.
Note: A 8" pie pumpkin will yield approximately 3 cups of cooked pumpkin. You can also cook two smaller pie pumpkins to yield the amount needed.
Homemade pumpkin pie recipe
Adapted from PickYourOwn.org.Ingredients:
- 1 pie pumpkin (see above) or 3 cups cooked pumpkin
- 1 cup sugar
- 1.5 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
- 4 large eggs
- 3 cups cooks, pureed pumpkin
- 1.5 cans (12 oz each) of evaporated milk
- Pie crust
Combine ingredients and pour into a prepared pie dish with the pie crust. Bake at 425° for the first 15 minutes, then turn the temperature down to 350° and bake another 45-60 minutes until the pie is set. To check if the pie is done, make sure that the center doesn't wiggle. The sides should look dry, but the center will be a little moist.
Cool and serve with fresh whipped cream
or ice cream.