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Recipe

Pumpkin Custard Pie

Of course you can make a delectable pumpkin pie with fresh pumpkin. Where do you think the canned-pumpkin-puree people got the idea? Let’s show ’em something. Use a ripe “sugar” or “pie” pumpkin to make the fresh puree, not the big, flavorless jack-o’-lantern type. Or visit your farmer’s market and experiment with other varieties of pumpkins or other winter squash that they have to offer.

  • Yield: One 10-inch deep-dish pie, 8 to 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 recipe Pie Crust dough
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus extra for dusting
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • Whipped cream, for serving

Directions

  • Place the pie crust dough on a lightly floured work surface, and roll it out to form a round that is about 13 inches in diameter and 1/8 inch thick. Working carefully, fit the round into a 10-inch deep-dish pie plate. Crimp the edges decoratively and then refrigerate the shell, lightly covered, for at least 1 hour and up to overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • Lightly coat one side of a piece of parchment paper with cooking spray, and position it, greased side down, on top of the chilled pie crust. Fill the crust with pie weights (dried rice or beans work fine) and blind-bake the crust until it is just set, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove the weights and parchment paper, and using a pastry brush, immediately brush the crust lightly with the egg white. Set it aside until cooled, about 20 minutes.
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 375°F.
  • Combine the pumpkin puree and all the remaining ingredients (except the whipped cream) in a large mixing bowl, and stir until well blended. Pour the filling into the pie crust, and bake until the custard is set and the crust is lightly golden, about 1 hour. (If the crust begins to brown too quickly, cover it with a rim of tented foil).
  • Let the pie cool completely. Slice, and serve with a dollop of whipped cream.