I mentioned my fondness for pie, yes?
Good, you remembered!
Whelp, I have a deep love for pumpkin pie. Call me basic if you want to. I’m okay with that. I’ve come to terms with my “basic bitch” status since it first became a thing. I do not care.
You will not take my love of pumpkin pie away from me.
I would have made one for Thanksgiving, but my good buddy Maura had it covered, so I went with the apple, detailed in a previous post.
That didn’t mean I didn’t stock up on pumpkin pie ingredients for a later date.
That date was this past weekend.
Here’s the thing about pumpkin pie. It doesn’t need to be fancy. It doesn’t need extra bells and whistles. As long as you have the recipe on the back of the Libby’s can, you’re pretty golden golden. There’s a reason they are comfortable with using the word “famous” in front of their recipe. It’s a good frickin recipe.
I will say I added nutmeg, and subbed out some of the white sugar for brown. Your millage may vary on that. It’s just what I wanted at the time.
You mix up the pumpkin with sugar, spices, eggs and the evaporated milk, pour the whole thing into your pie shell, throw it in the oven for about an hour, and then viola! Pie!
You know what the worst thing in the world is? A baked good that tastes nondescriptly sweet. It’s not bad, but it doesn’t taste like anything your taste buds can identify either. Many cupcakes are guilty of this sin. I have bought countless cupcakes from cupcake shops who are critically acclaimed. Some have had their own television shows! But those cupcakes taste…okay. But they don’t taste like anything in particular.
You want to eat something and have your brain register that it is specific, because you’re not only enjoying the taste of that item, that taste also has the ability to trigger memories of previous times you’ve enjoyed that flavor, which can also be great.
Suffice it to say, where pumpkin pie is concerned, it’s all about your spices. I may have dumped just a little more ginger in than it called for.
In any case, pumpkin pie is my favorite pie. I wish pumpkin were an all-year-round acceptable flavor, but alas, it is relegated to fall and winter.
Enjoy it while you can. 🙂