Friday, November 25, 2011

Pumpkin Cream Pie - Pioneer Woman


 
We have always had pumpkin pie for dessert on Thanksgiving for as long as I can remember.  Last year I decided to spice it up a bit....I still make a dessert that includes pumpkin but I try to find something new the family hasn't had yet.  This year I knew immediately what I wanted to make after I came across this recipe on the Pioneer Woman's blog.  Man am I glad I did....it was amazing!!!

Pumpkin Cream Pie

FOR THE CRUST:
1-½ package Graham Crackers (about 15 Cookie Sheets)
½ cups Powdered Sugar
1 stick Butter, Melted
FOR THE FILLING:
1 box (3 Oz. Box) Vanilla Pudding (Cook And Serve Variety)
1 cup Half-and-half
½ cups Heavy Cream
Pinch Of Cinnamon
Pinch Of Nutmeg
Pinch Of Ground Cloves
2 Tablespoons Whiskey (optional)
½ cups (plus 3 Tablespoons) Pumpkin Puree
½ cups (additional) Heavy Cream
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
Extra Graham Cracker Crumbs, For Garnish
 
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Grind graham crackers in a food processor (or, if you don’t have a food processor, place them in a large ziploc and pound ‘em with a rolling pin.) 
Add powdered sugar and melted butter and process until totally combined. 
 
Press into the bottom and sides of a pie pan until nice and firm. 
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until warm and “set.” Remove from oven and allow crust to cool completely. In a medium saucepan, mix dry pudding mix with half-and-half and cream. 
Add spices. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is bubbly and thick. 
 
Remove from heat and stir in whiskey, if using. Add pumpkin and stir to combine. Place lid on pot and set aside to cool. When cool enough, place pot in the fridge to cool completely.  When mixture is cool, remove from the fridge. In a mixing bowl, add 1/2 cup heavy cream and brown sugar. Beat until very light and fluffy. 
Fold in pumpkin cream mixture until combined. 
Pour into cooled crust. 
 
Cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours or overnight. 
Serve with graham crackers crumbled on top.
As you can see even the puppies were in a food coma!
 My cousin Walker, with Annie sprawled out on the couch...
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