Tracy Most definitely fresh is best. Check out my Hub recipe for pumpkin pie if you wish to learn how to do it. It is simple and straight forward and tastes ten times better than anything you could buy.
That photo is so good I think it will cost me some calories. I hadn't thought of baker making the difference. What is interesting to me is that when it comes to cooking 'fresh' is always best but this may be an exception.
I just published a Hub of pumpkin recipes. (No pies, though.) While I was doing some research about it, I learned a little bit more about the various varieties of pumpkin. The common one around Halloween (jack-o'-lantern) is sometimes thought to be blander and more watery (in cooking) than the canned varieties. It helps to drain the cooked pumpkin, if you use your own. Personally, I like to experiment - sometimes I cook my own, sometimes I use canned.
i made some this year and found it very bland. I added several spices to it and still it said nothing. The remainder ended up in an Indian style curry, and that did it. So next time we ave pumpkin it will be in a curry
I have to admit that I use the recipe on the pumpkin can label. I have had great luck with this and other label recipes.
Here is the recipe:
3/4 cup sugar (I substitute honey as I don't use sugar) 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp ginger 1/4 ground cloves 2 large eggs 15 oz pumpkin 12 oz evaporated milk 9 inch pie shell
Mix the first 5 ingredients in small bowl. Beat eggs in large bowl, stir in pumpkin, spice mixture, gradually stir in milk and pour into pie crust. Bake in preheated 425 oven for 15 minutes then reduce temp to 350 for 40-50 min until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours, serve or refrigerate.
(If you want to substitute honey and the recipe calls for sugar just use half. If the recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar use 1/2 cup honey)
I agree with you about eating food that is in season. I am lucky to be able to pick local fruit in summer such as blueberries and peaches and then apples come fall. Do pumpkins even grow in your area? I would love to know if you try the recipe and what you think of it.
Thank you for the recipe Tracy, I look forward to trying it. Of course Pumpkin's can grow in my area...with a little care and love. Re. Summer berry picking, I love it. Always have since I was young, even if more do end up in my belly then in the basket! Fat free natural Activia yogurt is the best accompaniment to a bowl of any fruit ;-). I will be sure to keep you updated on my pie experimenting.