My Favorite Pumpkin Pie

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I posted a photo of this sunshiney pumpkin pie a few days ago on Instagram and lots of you nice folks asked for the recipe, so here it is! Its the pumpkin pie recipe from my book and it includes a few of my very favorite things - maple syrup, creme fraiche, and roasted squash puree. You can definitely use canned pumpkin puree too, but roasted butternut squash is nice if you have it. The crust in this photo was a little experiment that I am working on, but I have linked to my favorite crust below. Feel free to use what you like if you have another one though. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Winter Luxury Pumpkin Pie

from Sweeter off the Vine

Makes one 9-inch pie

 A couple of years ago, after attending the Common Ground Fair in Maine, I fell in love with the winter luxury pumpkin. Winter luxuries are an heirloom variety of pumpkin prized for their caramel infused flavor and smooth texture. They are admittedly hard to find, even in NYC, but if you can locate one where you live I highly suggest picking it up. They are about the size of a sugar pumpkin and they have beautiful netting on their skin, almost like a cantaloupe. Winter luxuries (that name!) have thinner skins than most hard winter squash so they can’t be stored as long as other varieties, which is part of the reason they have fallen out of favor with farmers. Substitute roasted butternut squash or canned pumpkin purée if winter luxury pumpkins aren’t available where you live. If you are concerned about over filling the pie shell, bake any extra filling alongside the pie in buttered ramekins until it puffs slightly in the center.

1 disc of your favorite pie crust - This is mine  

 2 cups (450g) roasted butternut squash purée (canned pumpkin works too!)

3/4 cup Grade B maple syrup

3/4 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup (112g) crème fraîche

3 eggs, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon allspice

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon salt

Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat it to 425ºF.

 To blind bake the crust:

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pie dough into a roughly 12-inch circle about 1/8- inch thick. Place it into a 9 or 10-inch pie plate fold the edges under and crimp. Dock the crust with a fork. Chill the formed crust in the freezer for 15 minutes or until very firm. Line the chilled crust with a piece of parchment paper and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Slide the crust into the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until the edges are golden and crisp. Carefully remove the parchment paper and weights then bake the crust for 10-15 more minutes or until light golden all over. If the crust puffs up at all while baking gently press it back into the pan with an offset spatula or fork. Let the crust cool slightly while you prepare the filling.

Turn the oven down to 350ºF. 

Whisk all of the filling ingredients together until well combined. Then strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve for maximum smoothness.

 Put the baked pie shell on a baking sheet, then pour the filling mixture into the shell. Slide the pan into the oven and bake until the filling is slightly puffed and the center wiggles just slightly when you shake the pan, about 30 minutes. Cool the pie completely before serving with a dollop of whipped cream.

 

Coconut Cream Pie

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Hi guys! Just a quick hello today because I’m on vacation and I’ve got a tropical drink to sip and a stack of books to read. In honor of my island trip and Pi Day! I went ahead and made you the coconuttiest coconut cream pie I could imagine. I started with Seattle’s famous Dahlia Bakery Triple Coconut Cream Pie, and added some more coconut because – why not?

Coconut Cream Pie

(Makes one 9-inch pie)

adapted from the Dahlia Bakery in Seattle

This coconut cream pie is famous for a reason - it is rich and indulgent, and packed with coconut flavor. You can make the pastry cream and crust up to a day in advance if you are the type that likes to plan ahead. Just before serving garnish the pie with generous swoops of whipped cream and lots of toasted coconut chips and white chocolate shavings.

Coconut Pastry Cream

1 cup milk

1 cup full fat coconut milk

2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut

1 vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise

2 large eggs

2/3 cup sugar

3 tablespoons all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

To Assemble

One 9-inch Pie Crust, fully baked and cooled

1 cup heavy cream

coconut cream from one 14oz can of coconut milk

1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Garnish

Toasted coconut chips

White chocolate curls

To make the pastry cream, combine the milk, coconut milk, and coconut in a medium saucepan. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean and add the seeds and pod pot. Warm the mixture over medium-high heat and stir occasionally until the mixture begins to bubble around the edges.

In a bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar, flour, and salt until well combined. Temper the by pouring a small amount of the scalded milk into the egg mixture while whisking constantly. Then add the warmed egg mixture to the saucepan of milk and coconut. Whisk over medium-high heat until the pastry cream thickens and begins to bubble. Keep whisking until the mixture is very thick 2-3 minutes more. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Add the butter and whisk until smooth. Remove and discard the vanilla pod. Transfer the pastry cream to a bowl and place it over a bowl of ice water. Stir occasionally until it is cool. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pastry cream to prevent a crust from forming and refrigerate until completely cold. The pastry cream will thicken as it cools.

When the pastry cream is cold, fill the prebaked pie shell with it, smoothing the surface. Whip the heavy cream and coconut cream with the sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form. Spoon or pipe the cream over the chilled pastry cream and garnish with toasted coconut chips and white chocolate curls.

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