Making Pumpin Pies Topped With Candy Corn for the Holidays
What could be better for the holidays than a big piece of delicious pie. It is very easy to make and even easier to decorate. Grab a small bag of candy corn to top the pie with and then place small saucers of the candy corn all around the table for decorations.
1-1/2 c. pumpkin, cooked and strained
1/3 c. white sugar
2 tbsp. brown sugar
2 1/2 tbsp. maple syrup
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg (keep on the generous side with these spices)
1 3/4 c. light cream (or half rich Cream)
2 eggs, slightly beaten
In a saucepan place the cream and heat to almost scalding, add in the sugars, maple syrup, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cook until the sugars are thoroughly dissolved. Add the pumpkin now. Add a 1/2 cup of the milk mixture very slowly to the eggs. Mix well and then return the egg mixture to the milk mixture and mix well.
Perfect Pie Crust
Place one cup of flour in the food processor with 3 tablespoon of shortening and 1/2 stick of butter that is cold and cut into chunks. Add in a pinch of salt and pulse until the mixture is very fine. Slowly add in 1/4 cup of ice cold water. Keep pulsing till the mixture forms a ball. Remove from the food processor and knead slightly and put in the refrigerator for one hour.
When ready to make the pie, remove the pie crust and let set on your counter for 15 minutes. Roll out the pie crust and place in a buttered pie plate. Trim off the edges two inches below the edge. Fold the edges underneath so to match the exact pie rim. With your fingers, go around the pie plate and make indentations or use a fork instead.
If using a fork, dip in flour first. After the crust is ready. Take a fork and make indentions all over the crust with a fork.
Pour the cooled pumpkin mixture into the ready pie crust and bake in a hot oven of 450 degrees for 15 minutes and then lower the heat to 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until the pie is done.
Note: All butter may be used for the pie crust.
The best whipped topping is from fresh whipping cream. To make the topping simple place ice cold whipping cream in a bowl that is cold with 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Mix on high speed until the topping forms thick peaks.
Prepare the Pie
After the pie is completely cool, top with the already made whipped cream. Smooth the cream all over the pie. Using the candy corn, make a circle around the edge of the pie and in the middle of the pie take three pieces of candy corn and point towards each other in a triangle shape.
Refrigerate the pie until ready to serve. Remove from the refrigerator 15 minutes prior to serving.
Pumpkin Pie is a treat that all will enjoy. It is a treat for all "trick or treat" children or adults alike. This recipe may me made into individual pies for a children's party also.