Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

This was the most wonderful pumpkin pie I have ever eaten. The texture was so light it was like eating a cloud. ūüôā This recipe was adapted from Food and Wine, contributed by Grace Parisi. I made a 9-inch deep dish pie. AMAZING!

Total Time: 2 1/2 hours

Yield: Makes one 10-inch pie or one 9-inch deep dish pie

For the All-Butter Pie Crust:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • pinch of coarse salt
  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup ice water
  1. In a food processor, pulse the flour with the salt.
  2. Add the butter and pulse until the size of peas, 5 to 10 seconds.
  3. Drizzle in the water and pulse until the crumbs are moistened; turn out onto a work surface.
  4. Gather into a ball, flatten, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes. (I refrigerated mine overnight.)

To Complete the Pie:

  • All-Butter Pie Crust (recipe above)
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • Pinch of coarse salt
  • One 15-ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  1. Preheat the oven to 350¬į, preferably on convection.
  2. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to a 13-inch round a scant 1/4 inch thick. (I lightly flour the dough and roll it out between sheets of plastic wrap.)
  3. Fit the dough into a 10-inch glass pie plate (I used a 9-inch deep dish ceramic pie plate) and (trim the overhang to 3/4 inch). Fold the dough under itself and crimp decoratively. Refrigerate the pie shell for 10 minutes.
  4. Line the pie shell with parchment paper and then foil; fill with pie weights or dried beans. Place on a rimmed cookie sheet. Bake in the center of the oven until nearly set, about 20 to 25 minutes.
  5. Remove the foil and weights, discard the parchment, and bake until the crust is pale golden, about 10 minutes longer. Let cool slightly.
  6. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks with 1/2 cup of the sugar, the cornstarch, cinnamon, cloves and salt until smooth.
  7. Whisk in the pumpkin puree then whisk in the cream.
  8. Using a handheld electric mixer, beat the egg whites at medium-high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar and beat until the whites are glossy, about 1 minute longer.
  9. Fold the beaten whites into the filling.
  10. Working near the oven, pour the filling into the crust. Bake the pie for about 45 to 50 minutes, until the custard is set and the top is cracked; cover the edge of the crust with strips of foil if it browns too quickly. (I covered mine with a silicone pie crust shield from the start and then removed it near the end.)
  11. Cool the pie on a wire rack completely before serving.

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Pumpkin Pecan Pie

IMG_1275 Wow. This was delicious- and pretty. ūüôā A pumpkin and pecan pie in one too! The contrasting textures of the two fillings was fabulous. This recipe is from The Baking Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum. I weighed (almost) all of the ingredients- much faster and more precise. I also used an instant-read thermometer to gauge whether the fillings were finished baking. This recipe is labor intensive- I made the pie crust a day in advance (along with my apple pie crusts!) and kept it tightly wrapped in plastic wrap in the refrigerator overnight.

Pie Crust For the 9 1/2-inch Deep Dish Pie Shell:

  • 8 T (1 stick/4 oz/113 g) unsalted butter, cold
  • 1 1/2 cups plus 2 T (6.5 oz/184 g) pastry flour or bleached all-purpose flour (I used unbleached)
  • 1.9 g (1/4 plus 1/16 teaspoon) fine sea salt
  • 0.7 g (1/8 plus 1/32 teaspoon- a dash) aluminum-free baking powder
  • 1/3 cup (3 oz/85 g) cream cheese, cold
  • 2 T (30 ml/1 oz/29 g) heavy cream
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) cider vinegar
  1. Cut the butter into small (about 1/2 inch) cubes. Wrap it in plastic wrap and freeze it until frozen solid, at least 30 minutes.
  2. In a gallon-size reclosable freezer bag, place the flour, salt, and baking powder and freeze for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Place the flour mixture into the bowl of a food processor.
  4. Cut the cream cheese into 3 or 4 pieces and add it to the flour. Process for about 20 seconds, or until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  5. Add the frozen butter cubes and pulse until none of the cubes is larger than the size of peas. (Toss with a fork to see the size better.)
  6. Remove the cover and add the cream and vinegar. Pulse until most of the butter is reduced to the size of small peas. The mixture will be in particles and will not hold together.
  7. Spoon it into the plastic bag. Hold either side of the bag opening and alternate using the heel of your hand and your knuckles to knead and press the mixture, from the outside of the bad, until most of the mixture holds together in one piece.
  8. Cut open the bag and empty the dough onto a large sheet of plastic wrap.
  9. Use the plastic wrap to finish kneading together the dough just until it feels slightly stretchy when pulled.
  10. Flatten the dough into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 45 minutes or up to 2 days.
  11. Roll the dough: Remove the dough from the refrigerator. If necessary, let it sit for about 10 minutes, or until it is soft enough to roll.
  12. Starting from the center and moving outward, roll the dough to 1/8-inch thick on two overlapping pieces of plastic wrap, about 15 inches in diameter (I used a tapered rolling pin which helps prevent the edges from becoming too thin.) Two or three times during rolling, flip the dough over and lift off of the plastic wrap to prevent it from creasing the dough. The dough should be large enough to  line the bottom of the pie plate and extend 3/4 inch past the edge of the rim.
  13. Line the pie plate: Transfer the dough to the pie plate and ease it into place. If necessary, trim the edge to extend 3/4 to 1 inch from the edge of the plate. Fold the dough under so that it is flush with the outer edge of the pie plate. If desired, crimp the border using your forefinger and thumb or a fork. (*The pie plate must be deep dish with a rim to hold both fillings.*)
  14. Cover the pie shell with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes or up to 3 hours.
  15. Set an oven rack at the lowest level and place the baking stone or baking sheet on it. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (convection) for 45 minutes or longer before baking.

IMG_1183 For the Pecan Filling:

  • 1/3 cup (79 ml/4 oz/113 g) golden syrup or corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup, firmly packed (3.8 oz/108 g) light brown Muscovado sugar or dark brown sugar
  • 4 (to 6) large egg yolks, at room temperature (1/4 cup plus 2 tsp/69 ml/2.6 oz/74 g)
  • 1/4 cup (59 ml/2 oz/58 g) heavy cream
  • 4 T (1/2 stick/2 oz/57 g) unsalted butter
  • a pinch of fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 oz/170 g) pecans, coarsely chopped
  1. Have a fine-mesh strainer suspended over a 2 cup glass measure with a spout.
  2. In a medium heavy saucepan, combine the corn syrup, brown sugar, egg yolks, cream, butter, and salt. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with a silicone spatula, until the mixture is uniform in color and just begins to thicken slightly, without letting it boil, 7 to 10 minutes. (160 degrees on an instant-read thermometer)
  3. Pour the mixture at once into the strainer and press it through. Stir in the vanilla.
  4. Spread the pecans evenly over the bottom of the chilled crust.
  5. Starting at the center, with the measuring cup’s spout just above the pecans, slowly pour in the filling, lightly coating the nuts and moving from the center to the edge. Once the filling is completely poured, the pecans will float. Gently shake the pie plate to distribute the pecans more evenly.
  6. Place the pie on the baking sheet and bake for 16 to 22 minutes, or until the filling is puffed and just beginning to bubble around the edges. The filling will shimmy slightly when moved and an instant-read thermometer inserted near the center should read 185 to 190 degrees.
  7. Cool the pecan filling on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes. (I had to reposition the hot crust back up the sides of the pie dish with the back of a wooden spoon before it cooled.)
  8. Prepare the pumpkin filling while the pecan filling is cooling. Move the baking stone or baking sheet to the middle rack in the oven.

IMG_1292 For the Pumpkin Filling:

  • 1 cup plus 2 T (10 oz/283 g) unsweetened pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup, firmly packed (3.8 oz/108 g) light brown Muscovado sugar or dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup (118 ml/4.1 oz/116 g) heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup (79 ml/2.9 oz/81 g) milk
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  1. In a small heavy saucepan, stir together the pumpkin, brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon, and salt and bring the mixture to a sputtering simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring constantly, for 3 to 5 minutes, until thick and shiny. (The mixture may have some small lumps, which will disappear when processed.)
  2. Using a silicone spatula, scrape the mixture into a small food processor (I used an immersion blender in the pot) and process for 1 minute.
  3. With the motor running, add the cream and then the milk and process for several seconds, or until smoothly incorporated.
  4. Scrape down the sides and add the eggs and vanilla. Process for 5 seconds, or just until incorporated.
  5. Gently ladle the pumpkin filling over the pecan filling, with the ladle held just above the surface, so that it does not break through the pecan layer. If necessary, smooth the surface evenly with an offset spatula.
  6. Place a foil or silicone baking ring on top of the pie crust edges to protect from over browning. Set the pie on the baking stone or baking sheet and bake for 35 minutes (convection) or up to 45 or 55 minutes in a standard oven. The pie is done when a knife inserted 1/2 inch between the center and the sides comes out clean. The pumpkin filling will have puffed and the surface dulled, except for the center and the filling will shake like jelly when moved. An instant-read thermometer should read 190 to 195 degrees when inserted in the center.
  7. Cool then pie on a wire rack for at least 2 hours, or until cool to the touch, before topping with the pecan decor and serving.

IMG_1271 For the Pecan Decor:

  • approximately 12 pecan halves, lightly toasted if desired
  • golden syrup or corn syrup
  1. Turn each pecan rounded side up. Brush the tops with the corn syrup and then dab a little on the bottom of each one  before arranging them around the outside edge of the pie.
  2. The pie can be stored at room temperature for 2 days; refrigerated for 4 days.

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Pumpkin Pie with Press-In Shortbread Crust

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I was initially excited about the trend this year to br√Ľl√©e the top of pumpkin pie– but then I didn’t find an appealing recipe. I have made this pumpkin pie in the past and loved the silky filling and simple shortbread crust. Basic and nice. I forgot about br√Ľl√©e! This recipe was adapted from Martha Stewart Living.

For the Shortbread Crust:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 T sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  1. Stir together butter and sugar in a medium bowl. Stir in yolk. Add flour and salt, and stir until mixture is dry and crumbly. Press dough into bottom and up sides of a 9-inch pie dish. (I cover the dough with plastic wrap and flatten with the bottom of a dry measuring cup.) Freeze until firm, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Bake, rotating halfway through, just until crust turns golden around the edges, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack, 1 hour.

For the Filling:

  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack¬†pumpkin
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure¬†vanilla¬†extract
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground¬†cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 large¬†eggs, lightly beaten
  • Press-In Shortbread Tart Shell
  • Whipped cream, for serving (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Whisk together pumpkin, heavy cream, sugar, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and eggs in a large bowl. Pour filling into prepared pie crust.
  2. Place dish on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake, rotating halfway through, until filling is just set and slightly puffed but still a bit wobbly, 60 (convection) to 70 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely. Refrigerate, uncovered, for at least 6 hours. Serve chilled, topped with whipped cream if desired.

Note: Pie can be refrigerated for up to 2 days. (I make my pies the day before Thanksgiving.)

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