October 18, 2009

 

Pumpkin Pie – Totally From Scratch

pumpkin pie sliceI have to admit, I was quite proud of this pie when I made it.  I’ve never been one to make pies.  I can remember learning the basics from my mom, but she didn’t make pies very often.  I did get to eat wonderful pies when I went to my grandma’s house (on my dad’s side), but she died when I was seven, so I never learned her secrets.

This fall I made up my mind to make a pumpkin pie from scratch—including the crust and the pumpkin filling. Of course, making something from scratch doesn’t necessarily make it good, but this pie was GOOD.  The crust was flaky and had a nice flavor, and the pumpkin filling was so much better than when made with canned pumpkin.  I’ve never been a big fan of pumpkin pie, so that wasn’t something I missed when I went on a gluten-free diet.  At Thanksgiving my husband and kids usually have the opportunity to eat store bought pumpkin pie that a family member buys.  My youngest son said he never liked those pies, but that this pie was really good.  I agree.  I can’t explain the difference, it is just much better.

My inspiration for this pie came from Phoebe at Cents to Get Debt Free.  I used her instructions for cooking the pumpkin.  I don’t have a canning size pressure cooker, but mine worked fine by placing half the pumpkin in, then cutting the other half in half to fit around the first piece.  She also gives other methods of cooking the pumpkin.

mashed pumpkin
This picture shows the cooked pumpkin.  I simply scooped it into a bowl and mashed it up with a potato masher.  It was soft enough that by the time it was mixed with the other ingredients and cooked, there were no lumps.

I cooked the pumpkin first, then started on the pie crust.  You can view the gluten-free pie crust recipe here.  You can, of course, use a premade crust and/or canned pumpkin if you like.

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie

Ingredientswhole pumpkin pie
Instructions
Combine all the ingredients using a fork to mix them together.  Pour it into an uncooked pie crust.  Bake at 400 degrees 45-50 minutes.  Let cool (at least mostly) before cutting.

I wish I had timed myself making this.  Aside from the bake time, it didn’t take very long.  As you can see, the actual pie recipe is pretty easy.  I will never again be intimidated by the idea of making pie from scratch (at least not pumpkin pie)!

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The October edition of “Go ahead honey, it’s gluten free!” is hosted by Heather at Life, Gluten Free. She has chosen a pumpkin theme.  Stop by at the end of the month to see more great pumpkin recipes.




This recipe is linked to Amy’s Slightly Indulgent Mondays at Simply Sugar & Gluten Free.

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Comments:
Congrats, Linda! A pumpkin pie made with fresh pumpkin is the absolute best in my opinion. Canned pumpkin doesn't even come close. You did great! Wonderful addition to GAHIGF. I was happy to see pie pumpkins at the store today. I picked up two of the biggest since they were all the same price. ;-) I'm headed to the POM Wonderful Blogger Harvest Festival tomorrow, but when I return at the end of the week, I'll be making a pumpkin pie from scratch, too. :-)

Shirley
 
Adding this to my list of pumpkin recipes!
 
Looks good as usual Linda!

I am trying to figure out how to create a pumpkin pie without eggs. We used to make it with tofu, but I don't eat that anymore. I'm sure there is a way.
 
Heather--

1 Tbsp Soy flour and 1 Tbsp Water is equivalent to 1 egg. I made that sub in my pie once, when I ran short on eggs. Everything turns out just the same.

I agree, definitely hard to explain how it is better, but it is WAY better from the real thing. We won't touch canned pumpkins anymore.
 
My gosh, Linda...that looks wonderful!
 
I love pumpkin pie! Great job on making it completely from scratch, it looks delicious.
 
I learned to make pie crust from my grandma, too. My mom never made a pie. I use canned pumpkin when I need to - I agree, though, that fresh baked pumpkin tastes so much better.

Thanks so much for linking up to Slightly Indulgent Mondays!
 
Nothing says fall like a GREAT!!! pumpkin pie baking in the oven. THANKS!!! Geri
 
Beautiful! I'm glad you enjoyed it - the pie looks fabulous =D.
 
Love it! What an inspiring recipe for this time of year. :)
www.glutenfreefrenzy.com
 
Thanks for participating, be sure to check my blog to see the round-up.
 
Ah, a great classic, made even better with fresh pumpkin!! Your pie crust looks like it came out absolutely awesome too!!!
 
Gorgeous! This looks amazing.
 
Pumpkin pie completely from scratch? You are ambitious and fearless. Also successful!
 
Linda, the pie's in the oven baking, but I used the leftover crust from your recipe to make a mini pie to try, and it's amazing! Your pie crust recipe just renewed my faith in gluten free baking! I was so disappointed after trying the Bob's Red Mill pie crust mix.
 

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