We've enjoyed celebrating autumn in the Spare household. We didn't get to carve pumpkins on Halloween since I had other things to do (see above picture)... so we had our own Fall Festival. (There may or may not still be an uncarved pumpkin in our hallway...)
Another thing I did this year was experiment with making pumpkin pie from fresh pumpkin. Did you know that people actually do that? And that it tastes pretty spectacular? I mean, it's not weird or anything. I'll just show you some pictures and keep talking about it.
|Grandma's pie crust recipe.|
I used to be afraid of making pies from scratch. They just seem hard. Unpredictable. Touchy.
|Pie crust is sooooo easy to mix in a food processor.|
But, for those of you who are in love, you know that you will face your fears to please the object of your affection (e.g. the hubbs really likes pie).
|Me & the apple pie I baked last V-day.|
I actually first faced my fear last Valentine's day when I baked Nathan a double-crust apple pie ALL BY MYSELF. I think it was good. I can't really remember, actually. This pumpkin pie was my second from-scratch pie.
When I'm in uncharted territory, I do what any engineer would do. Research. Luckily for me, there's enough pie research (some call them recipes) online that I didn't have to work too hard. I studied common components, failure modes and the advice of experienced pie-makers.
|I halved the pumpkins & steamed them in the microwave ahead of time.|
Then I pureed and froze the flesh for later use.
Research showed that the best type of pumpkin to use is called a "Sugar Pumpkin" or "Pie Pumpkin". Bred especially for eating, they have a smoother texture than the traditional Jack-o-lanterns.
|When it was time to make the pie, I defrosted the puree in the |
sink, which is the safest way to quickly defrost something.
And, in a bind, engineers have to be creative. So, I came up with this little contraption to reduce the amount of water in my fresh pumpkin puree.
|Bowl + Flour Sack Towel + Rubber Band = Pumpkin Puree Strainer|
I'm sure you're biting your fingernails, wondering how my pie turned out...
Just like mom's. Mmm.