Thursday, June 14, 2012

Pumpkin Pie In June

Pumpkin pie is one of my favorite desserts.  It probably is my favorite dessert to have at home.  I don’t think it’s just for Thanksgiving; apparently most people disagree.

Yesterday was one of those days where you just really want comfort food.  I don’t eat chocolate, I don’t like it.  So that leaves me with a slightly different definition of comfort food.  Pumpkin pie is one of my go to comfort foods. 

I went to the grocery store after work for some other things and decided I would pick up a pumpkin pie from the frozen section rather than taking the time to make a home-made one.  There wasn’t a single pumpkin pie to be found in the frozen section!  Not one!  I couldn’t believe it.  I realized I wouldn’t find a pumpkin pie in the fresh bakery section.  I do understand that this isn’t the time of year when most people are thinking pumpkin pie.  But I thought surely I would find one in the frozen section.  That’s kind of the point to frozen foods isn’t it?  So you can have what you want, when you want it?

My husband was nice enough to stop at a different grocery store on his way from work, and ran into the same thing.  There was no pumpkin pie to be found anywhere.

Fortunately I tend to stock up on canned pumpkin around Thanksgiving when it’s on sale, so I was able to make a pumpkin pie last night.  I used my grandmother’s recipe and it was delicious.  A pumpkin pie in June did greatly improve my day.

Here’s the recipe, just in case you’d like your own pumpkin pie:

¾ cup sugar
½ tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp ground cloves
2 eggs
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
1 can (12 oz) Evaporated Milk
1 unbaked 9 inch deep dish pie shell

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in a small bowl.  Beat eggs in a large bowl, stir in pumpkin, sugar/spice mixture.  Gradually stir in evaporated milk.  Sprinkle bottom of pie shell generously with cinnamon.  Pour mixture into pie shell; sprinkle generously with cinnamon.  Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.


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    1. It is. There's just something about using your grandmother's recipe I think.

  2. Sounds delicious! I love pumpkin pie. I've never made a homemade one, but I try to stock up on the frozen ones when I can. I'll have to try your recipe. :)

    1. It's a really easy recipe. I wish I could stock up the frozen ones, but it seems like we never have the freezer space. I'm hoping to get a separate freezer eventually.

  3. You don't like chocolate?!?!? That's my first comment. :-) Actually, you are a wise girl, b/c it does nothing but add pounds. :) I love pie, all kinds, I prefer it to cake. Pumpkin sounds good to me all year 'round!

    1. I know, it's just not normal not to like chocolate. My mom always says if I didn't look so much like my dad she's be convinced she was sent home with the wrong baby; she has a hard time with the fact that she produced a non-chocolate eating child. :-)

      Unfortunately I find plenty of other foods that pack on the pounds. I love cake, but I'm also a big fan of pie. Glad to find another year round pumpkin pie person.

  4. I love pumpkin pie. My mom used to make them year round so I got used to doing the same thing. They're great.

    1. Pumpkin pie is just too good not to have year round.

  5. Now it makes me wonder if a pie shop like Marie Callender's keeps pumpkin pie year round. Your recipe sounds good and I bet it did taste good! Good for you too that you don't like chocolate!! All those calories saved!


    1. I do wonder if it might be available year round in bigger cities or something. Unfortunately I manage to make up for the chocolate calories with other things.

  6. What a great idea for June. I've always been intimidated by 'pie making' but you make it sound so doable. Pumpkin is definitely the best pie! I can see how this would improve your day, thanks for sharing your grandmother's recipe. :)

    ps~~I wrote about my husband recently, your posts about your lovely union inspired me. :-)

  7. This recipe is really easy, even though it doesn't taste like it was. :-) I haven't made many different kinds of pies, but I don't find them especially difficult. It's much easier than trying to decorate a cake! :-)

    I love your post about your husband, it's so sweet!


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