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#1 of 5 Old 11-02-2003, 10:07 PM - Thread Starter
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Has anyone ever made a pumpkin pie from scratch, starting with a whole pumpkin? I would love to try but don't know what to do, or even where to start.:

Any Suggestions would be great!!!
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I used to when I was a kid, my dad and I even grew our own pumpkins, talk about homemade! Unfortunately I can't remember how we did it, but I know it was easy... we even froze the pumpkin when we had made it into pie filling to make pies with later... I'd love a good recipe too, I miss making it, and loooove pumpkin pie!

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Yes, but here's the trick: DO NOT USE PUMPKIN. Use buttercup, kabochka or butternut squash, instead. The flavor of pumpkin, even the small pie pumpkins, simply is not robust enough to produce a pie worth eating. I hear that the majority of canned "pumpkin" is actually butternut squash.

I don't actually have a recipe for pumpkin pie (I'd get a basic one from Joy of Cooking or look in one of our old Saveur or Food & Wine mags), but what you do with the squash is roast it. Heat your oven to 425F. Cut the squash in half, scoop out the seeds, butter a baking sheet in a circle/oval/whatever shape will fit the cut side of the squash and place the squash cut side down on the buttered pan. Then pop it in the oven for 45 min - 1 hour, or until it's tender and is carmelizing against the pan. Remove the halves from the oven, turn over, and let cool. Then scoop out the flesh into a bowl and mash it. Voila - there's your "pumpkin." Then proceed with the rest of the pie recipe.
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hmmmmmmmm actually we love the lightness of fresh pumpkin pie. Bake your pumpkin( some are better for cooking/baking than others), scoop out the flesh, mush it, mix your ingredients and bake....I personally like the one off the libby pumpkin can, but use heavy cream instead of evap milk and make fresh homemade whipping cream. I stumbled upon a better recipe though, it was on the pumpkin I bought last time. It came out soooo light it melted like butter in the mouth. I do like a richer flaver sometimes and will actually use a sweetdumpling squash (with little added sugar) and that is a yummmmy squash pie MMMMMMMMMMM actually sweetdumpling (sometimes called sugardumpling) is awsome on it's own or with a crumb topping (granolla/brown sugar/butter/spices). I can keep going on and on, MMMMMMMMM winter squash.

oh and my secret ingredient (besides the heavy cream, lol) is a heavy dash of coriander. (and I add a dash of the spices to my crust...either a crushed ginger snap cookie crust for a richer flavor -no added seasons, or a lovely "reg." crust (with lard ) for a lighter flavor)

another thing a few years ago I started adding pecans to the top when reducing the temp on the pie on occasion, very yummy, but can't do that now since ds is sensitive to tree nuts .

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#5 of 5 Old 11-03-2003, 10:31 AM
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But I'd bet we all have a bunch of pumpkin on our hands, right? I took all the "off cuts" peeled them and cut them in chunks, then covered with water and boiled until soft. My MIL mashes them with a potatoe masher, I purreed them with my handheld Braun thingie. I will just substitute for the canned pumpkin in my pie recipe.
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