Thanksgiving was great and it was nice to see my family and friends in my home state of California. My Strudel Apple Pie was a hit though there were many great desserts to choose from. However, this year there wasn’t one homemade pumpkin pie! I was counting on a homemade pumpkin pie. Sigh. . . I did see the ex-large pumpkin pie from the famous “big box store,” but not one slice was taken from it. I was sure that there would be at least one at our family Thanksgiving dinner. However! I did have a great semi-homemade pumpkin pie at my in-laws house and it was almost the exact recipe as mine. So to assure my holiday season starts out right, and to end my craving, I made a pumpkin pie with homemade crust and whipped cream.
The secret to my mom’s pumpkin pie? Libby’s Famous Pumpkin Pie recipe, plus a little added spice and a bit of vanilla makes the best pumpkin pie. It’s that easy. I’ve had many samplings of pumpkin pie over the years and many lack enough seasoning, or the mix is over seasoned with cinnamon or the batter is simply not seasoned at all! Yuk! No wonder there are a few people who just do not like pumpkin pie . Probably because they haven’t had a good seasoned pie. I cook my pumpkin puree in a sauce pan on medium flame just enough to heat it through to remove the “tinny” taste of the can. I recently learned this trick from Cook’s Country Kitchen. That’s if you are using a canned puree. Prepared pumpkin puree is probably one of the few canned foods that are truly good straight from the can. Otherwise, making your own pumpkin puree is great. I’ve done it and the pie has a lighter pumpkin flavor, but that’s another post! It’s not hard, just more time.
The other component of making a good pie verses a great pie, is the crust. I love my recently discovered Vodka Pie Crust from Cooks Country Kitchen. Give it a try if you’re not opposed to making your own crust. The crust is very airy and flaky. It melts in your mouth. I find most people really like it and ask for the recipe. You just need a fourth cup of vodka for this double crust recipe. I’ve used a vanilla flavored vodka and it turns out well, too. You really don’t taste the vanilla flavoring, but I wouldn’t use any other flavored vodka’s.
This famous go- to recipe hasn’t changed in over 40 years, or more. It’s so easy and you can make it to your liking very easily by adding your desired amount of seasonings. I’ve experimented and added fresh orange juice and bits of orange rind, too. But try this recipe first, then make it your own if you want. Remember, pumpkin pie isn’t just for Thanksgiving. Our family makes it for Christmas and New Year’s, too! It’s one of my favorites and among the lowest in calories per slice! Enjoy!