So, fall has “officially” arrived according to our calendar. The first day of the autumnal equinox was September 22, 2013. It doesn’t really feel like fall here in Florida. It’s still muggy, humid, and warm.
So, in the “spirit” of fall and fun, we thought we would share with you something that signifies autumn like no other: PUMPKIN PIE!
We searched high and low and believe we have found the best pumpkin pie recipe ever. Big thanks to Paula Deen and the Food Network for this outstanding recipe. Here it is!
Best Pumpkin Pie Recipe
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 cups canned pumpkin, mashed
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg plus 2 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1 cup half-and-half
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, optional
1 piece pre-made pie dough
Whipped cream, for topping
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Place 1 piece of pre-made pie dough down into a (9-inch) pie pan and press down along the bottom and all sides. Pinch and crimp the edges together to make a pretty pattern. Put the pie shell back into the freezer for 1 hour to firm up. Fit a piece of aluminum foil to cover the inside of the shell completely. Fill the shell up to the edges with pie weights or dried beans (about 2 pounds) and place it in the oven. Bake for 10 minutes, remove the foil and pie weights and bake for another 10 minutes or until the crust is dried out and beginning to color.
For the filling, in a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese with a hand mixer. Add the pumpkin and beat until combined. Add the sugar and salt, and beat until combined. Add the eggs mixed with the yolks, half-and-half, and melted butter, and beat until combined. Finally, add the vanilla, cinnamon, and ginger, if using, and beat until incorporated.
Pour the filling into the warm prepared pie crust and bake for 50 minutes, or until the center is set. Place the pie on a wire rack and cool to room temperature. Cut into slices and top each piece with a generous amount of whipped cream.
Wow…sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Be sure to store the left-overs (if you have any!) safely in the refrigerator to keep the pie fresh and safe from any critters that might try to sneak a bite!
And if you notice any bugs on your counter, contact us immediately! We’d be glad to come and help you get rid of those bugs… and your pumpkin pie! 😉