Recipes: Delicious Pumpkin Pies

Turkey and the trimmings will soon be gracing the tables of families all across the country. When it comes time for dessert, what is your family’s favorite? Some people love pecan pie but others are looking for delicious pumpkin pie recipes to share with their loved ones.

You can find traditional recipes in cookbooks or even on the back of canned pumpkin. However, you may be looking for a different pumpkin pie recipe to try this year.

Homemade Pie Shell

If you have the time and are comfortable making your own pie shell, here’s a simple recipe to make one 9 or 10-inch shell:

* 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
* ¼ cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small bits
* ¼ cup cold vegetable shortening cut into small bits
* 1 ½ teaspoon sugar
* 4 to 5 tablespoons ice water

Combine all of the ingredients except the ice water in a bowl with your fingertips until everything is mixed well and resembles meal. Add the ice water and mix it until the water is thoroughly integrated. Form this into a ball and then knead it lightly on a floured surface.

Wrap this in plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for at least one hour and up to two days. When you’re ready to make the pie, roll the shell out and place into a pie pan. Bake it for 15-20 minutes in a 350 degree F oven. Remove it and set it aside as the filling is being prepared.

Pumpkin Pie Filling

This pumpkin pie filling isn’t traditional, but it is delicious:

* ¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
* ¼ cup granulated sugar
* 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
* 1 tablespoon unsulfured molasses
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
* ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
* ¼ teaspoon salt
* 2 cups canned pumpkin puree
* 3 lightly beaten large eggs
* 1 ¾ cups whipping cream

Combine all ingredients up to and including the salt in a medium sized bowl. Stir in the pumpkin puree and then add the eggs and whipping cream. Pour this mixture into the pre-baked shell and bake it for 40 minutes in the middle of a 350 degree F oven.

Pumpkin and Pecan Pie

What do you do when you can only make one type of pie? This combined pumpkin and pecan pie may be one your family loves. To make this pie easier, use a pre-made pie crust:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Bake the pie shell for about 10 minutes while you mix the filling ingredients:

* 1 egg
* 1 cup canned solid pack pumpkin
* 1/3 cup sugar
* ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
* ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
* 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
* Dash of salt

* 2 eggs
* 2/3 cup sugar
* 2/3 cup light or dark corn syrup
* 2 tablespoons melted butter
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Begin by combining the first set of ingredients which are traditionally used for pumpkin pie in a small bowl. Spoon this into the pie crust and set it aside.

Beat the remaining eggs in a medium bowl. Stir in the corn syrup and remaining sugar with the rest of the ingredients and blend it well. Stir in the pecans and carefully spoon this over the pumpkin mixture which is in the pie shell.

Bake the pie for 50 to 60 minutes or until the filling is set and pulls away slightly from the edge of the crust. Cool the pie completely before serving.

These two delicious pumpkin pie recipes are variations of the traditional pie but are sure to be enjoyed by everyone.