I LOVE pumpkin pie and I usually use canned pumpkin. A friend of mine swears that you can't tell the difference between canned or fresh pumpkin when you taste it. What is your opinion?
Pumpkin is pumpkin, it is the spices you use in addition to the pumpkin to make the pie, although with canned, there is also preservatives.
Dave Mathews, I hadn't considered the preservatives that are part of the canning process. So to avoid that you would have to stick with fresh.
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.
Dave, I will check out your hub, thank you!
I have to agree with Dave, fresh is best. Have you tried making your pie with coconut milk or cream instead of the regular?
I have not tried either of these but they sound like the secret to an even more delicious pie.
I make mine with coconut milk, lots of cinnamon and ground cloves to add some spice.
I use a whole wheat cracker crust. You grind the crackers in the food processor then you mix with sugar and add your melted butter and pat into pie pan.
The difference is the "COOK". I've tasted canned pumpkin pie that was out of this world...and fresh pumpkin pie that is out of this world...it is all up to the one doing the baking!
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
Tracy what's your recipe? I've never had pumpkin pie before, but there is a first time for everything! It's good to have recipes for foods that are in season ....yes fresh is always best!
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.
so ,do you like the pumpkin pie warm or cold/
i prefer a little warm.
I like it both ways but agree that fresh pumpkin is better. It has a firmer texture and deeper color.
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.
by pumpkinlove 10 years ago
So you said that Fresh Pumpkin is better then puree... I've never used fresh... is it hard to...use??? I got some pumpkins today to make pie. Will I mess up, or is it pretty simple???
by Linda Crampton 6 years ago
What is your favorite topping for pumpkin pie?What flavor of topping do you think goes especially well with the taste of spiced pumpkin in a pie?
by Peeples 7 years ago
Can I use fresh instead of canned tomatoes?I would like to use fresh tomatoes since I don't have canned. I have tomato sauce if that would help. It's a crock pot taco soup. Can I just cook them the same way I would make homemade spaghetti sauce?
by Peeples 8 years ago
Can I make a pumpkin pie from white pumpkins?We have 2 large white pumpkins we used as decoration. I was going to put them in the compost but would rather eat them if possible. Anyone ever cooked a white pumpkin? I can't find any recipes using them. Ideas anyone?
by Money Fairy 7 years ago
Do you like pumpkin or apple or mincemeat? or??? Just curious what your favorite pie is for Thanksgiving?
by Sharonrnumber 10 years ago
can you freeze the pumpkin after cooked?
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