Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Thanksgiving Dessert Spread

(I know this is a bit late but better late than never).

For the first time this year, I was in charge of part of my family’s Thanksgiving feast- dessert, of course. My mom is a big fan of traditional pumpkin pie, so I figured I would try out Paula Deen’s take on this classic dessert. Unlike Paula’s version, I  made a homemade pie crust, since I think homemade crust tastes better. In addition, I had mini pumpkin spice cupcakes with lemon cream cheese frosting and molasses spice cookies. The dessert spread went over rather well, and I’m pretty sure I’m now in charge of the task for life.

Classic Pumpkin Pie (modified from Paula Deen)

What you need…

  • 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 pie dough (homemade or store bought. I used this recipe, which I’ve used before)
  • Whipped cream, for topping

What to do…

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Place pie crust in bottom of a pie plate and bake in oven for about 10-15 minutes, or until crust begins 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.