I wanted to update last year's pumpkin pie recipe because it was a bit time-consuming and all with preparing Irish moss and gingersnap cookies first. Pumpkin pie is my husband's favorite and he speaks the truth about everything, so I knew he would be a good taste tester. I wasn't expecting him to say it was the best he's ever had, though. So I knew we had a winner with this version.
The pastry crust is my basic whole grain flaky crust that I've shared on the blog before in other pie recipes. If you are really in a time crunch, you can use a store-bought crust. It's a good idea to partially pre-bake the crust before adding the filling so it does not get soggy (the worst!). The pastry recipe allows for decorations to be made with the dough trimmings. Leaves and other natural forms always look good on pie.
The filling is basically a dump and blend method. I started using agar agar, which is a sea vegetable, this year, and it has gelling attributes like gelatin, so for custardy type fillings it works really well to set them up. If you choose to go all from scratch, which I always suggest and lean toward, the only added steps are to bake the squash and make coconut milk. Once you have all of your ingredients prepped, just dump them in the blender, whizz it up until smooth and creamy, pour into pie shell and bake.
So, I guess when I say "easy" I'm being subjective, but this pumpkin pie is easier than last year's recipe for sure. Iley's class made the filling as a pudding for for their Thanksgiving feast at school, and his (amazing!) teacher was not quite sure it was done in the time according to the recipe. So I just want to be clear that the filling will continue to set up as it cools, and will get nicely firm in the fridge
This is my last recipe post before Thanksgiving so I just want to say have a lovely one! And if you try any of the recipes for your feast please leave some feedback in the comments--I love to hear from you! And to know what's working well and if anything is not.
Wishing you all a wonderful holiday, filled with good food on a table surrounded by those you hold dear. Happy Thanksgiving!