Apron Free Cooking -Turkey and Pumpkin Pie
Thanksgiving meals have certain standard requirements. In our family, there’s always a turkey and pumpkin pie on the menu. Side dishes may vary year to year, but these staples don’t ever change. My mom bakes the best pies. That’s my opinion and it’s nearly a fact! But sometimes it doesn’t turn out like she plans.
On Thanksgiving 2003 mom made the pumpkin pies for dinner. She was in a hurry that morning … because she needed to get out of the oven so Dad could roast the turkey. She didn’t put on her glasses when she made the pie and grabbed what she thought was pumpkin pie spice from the cupboard.
Do you know, all those spice containers look the same except for the different names on them?
After dinner when we cut into the pie … everybody anticipates the pumpkin pie with whipped cream on top! The first bite was a shocker! Mom had used Chili Powder instead of Pumpkin Pie Spice! Let me tell you … Tex-Mex Pumpkin Pie just isn’t the same as traditional flavor! We did have a good laugh about that one, and ate the pecan pie instead.
Fast forward to Thanksgiving 2004, my sister was eight months pregnant with her daughter. We all had a good laugh about the previous year’s pumpkin pie, then things got serious. My sister stated in no uncertain terms that mom had better pay attention to the pumpkin pie spice. She was having a severe craving for “mom’s pumpkin pie”.
On the big day, mom was extra careful with her spice containers and baked up a wonderful looking pie. At dinner time, we all watched as Dad served the first slice of pie to the pregnant daughter. She took a mouthful and her facial expression changed from hopeful to complete disgust.
My sister ran to the bathroom and her husband reached over to take a bite of the pie … trying to determine the problem. No Sugar. Mom had been so careful to use the right spices, she overlooked the sugar completely. Again, we all reached for the pecan pie. Except my sister … don’t mess with a pregnant woman’s cravings … she refused to eat any more pie that day.
Ever since 2004, Mom has started to make her pies the day before Thanksgiving, so she can take her time and be extra attentive to the ingredient. Mom uses a recipe handed down from Mrs. Cramer who used to run the Greenwich Hotel.
Mrs. Cramer’s Pumpkin Pie Recipe.
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 can (size 2 1/2) pumpkin
dash of salt
1 cup milk — may use 1/2 can condensed
2 TB pumpkin pie spices
Add dash of salt to eggs and beat slightly. Add the sugars, mixing well. Add pumpkin and spices, mix well. Add milk and beat for 2 min with hand beater. Pour into unbaked pie shell. Bake 15 min at 450 F. Then turn oven down to 350F and bake 30 or 35 min. This makes one pie.
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