Perfect Pumpkin Pie and Pie Crust 101

Perfect Pumpkin Pie and Pie Crust 101

My darling husband is not a picky man. He will cheerfully eat just about everything I put in front of him with nary a complaint. There is, however, one thing that he insists on: pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving. In the early years of our marriage, I struggled with this. I made pumpkin chocolate tarts and pumpkin bread puddings, pumpkin panna cotta and pumpkin cheesecakes. He always took a polite bite and reached for the plain pumpkin pie (that someone wiser than me always provided). Now I've wised up and have come to realize that he was right all along -- there's something really marvelous about a perfect piece of pumpkin pie -- the smooth pie filling with its faint vegetal flavor warmed by spices, the crunch and plainness of the crust contrasting with the creamy flavorful filling. Now I can't imagine a Thanksgiving table without plain old pumpkin pie. But since I'm me, I wasn't satisfied with plain old pumpkin pie. It had to be perfect plain pumpkin pie. The best pumpkin pie you've ever tasted. And when I tasted my aunt Sally's pumpkin pie last Thanksgiving, I knew this was it. And I begged her for the recipe, so I could share it with you. (Together with step by step photos of pie crust making -- read on!) [...]

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 4 oz. butter, frozen, cut into cubes.
  • 2 oz. (or more) ice water
  • 1 15 oz. can (2 c.) pureed pumpkin
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup half and half
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg (freshly grated if you're aiming for perfection)
  • 1 small pinch ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
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