Can you imagine a Thanksgiving without a delicious pumpkin pie? WOW! This is almost uncivilized. A pumpkin pie baking in the oven, giving your house that amazing aroma, is one of the great traditions of Thanksgiving.
If you do a Google or YouTube search for a pumpkin pie recipe, you will see that they are a dime a dozen. But there is one secret in making the perfect pumpkin pie, and it is a major secret. It will put you near the top of the list for making the very best pumpkin pie. You have to make your own pumpkin puree to achieve this honor.
No more of that canned pumpkin puree! Homemade pumpkin puree will make a one thousand percent difference.
In this article, we will guide you through the process of making your own pumpkin puree from scratch and share an amazing pumpkin pie recipe that will have your taste buds dancing with delight.
Get ready to impress your family and friends with your homemade culinary skills!
Before going to the recipe, let's first make the pumpkin puree. While store-bought options are readily available, there's something special about using homemade puree that adds a unique touch to your pie.
By the way, you can do this ahead of time. Just seal it in an airtight container, and it will keep in the fridge for a few days.
First, you need to select the right pumpkin. What you don't want is the larger pumpkins sold around Halloween that are used for carving. These will cause your puree to be tasteless, and very stringy.
What do want is a sugar pumpkin. They are small and round and plump.
This is the type that is used for making pumpkin puree.
Begin by washing the pumpkin thoroughly to remove any dirt or debris. Carefully cut off the stem using a sharp knife.
Then, slice the pumpkin in half vertically and remove the seeds and stringy pulp using a spoon or your hands.
Don't throw the seeds away. Save them to roast later for a tasty snack, or to put on top of your salad.
Place the pumpkin halves, cut side down, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Roast them in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for approximately 45-60 minutes, or until the flesh becomes tender and easily separates from the skin.
You're almost home free, and this is the easiest part.
Once the roasted pumpkin halves have cooled down, scrape the flesh away from the skin using a spoon.
Transfer the pumpkin flesh to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
And wallah! Your homemade pumpkin puree is ready to be used in your pie recipe.
Now that you have your pumpkin puree, let's move on to the star of the show, the pumpkin pie recipe itself.
Making your own pumpkin puree and using it to create a homemade pumpkin pie is something you can be proud of. It will make all the difference in the world in the taste of your pumpkin pie.
So why wait? DO IT! Step into the kitchen, gather your ingredients, and let the adventure of creating the ultimate pumpkin pie begin! This will put you in an elite group, because not many people do this in these modern times.
If you go on this adventure, I hope you enjoy your pumpkin pie as much as I've enjoyed bringing this recipe to you.
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