The Perfect Pumpkin Pie

The pumpkin obsession continued this weekend..I decided to make the perfect pumpkin pie.  I have tried several different recipes for this pie, and this is definitely my favorite one.  My husband and I had over half of the pie eaten in one evening.  It’s so fast and easy to make too..my favorite characteristics of a recipe 🙂

This is the recipe..I got it from allrecipes.com

Perfect Pumpkin Pie

1 15 oz can pumpkin

1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk

2 large eggs

1 ts ground cinnamon

1/2 ts ground ginger

1/2 ts ground nutmeg

1/2 ts salt

1 9 inch unbaked pie crust (I used a Pillsbury frozen crust)

Preheat oven to 425.  Whisk pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, spices and salt in medium bowl until smooth.  Pour into crust.  Bake 15 minutes.

Reduce oven temp to 350 and continue baking 35-40 minutes.  Cool before serving.

My Pumpkin Addiction

Yes, it is true.  I have a SERIOUS pumpkin addiction.  I don’t know when it started, but I honestly can’t get enough pumpkin.  I do not like the Fall season in general, however, I am ecstatic the day they start serving the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks and the Pumpkin Cheesecake at the Olive Garden.

Now that I am cooking and baking a lot more than I used to, I am also obsessed with using pumpkin.  This weekend I made pumpkin chocolate chip brownies and a no-bake pumpkin cheesecake.  Both were divine!

First the brownies…the recipe called for a 11×7 pan..I do not have this size.  I used a 9×13 and lined it with parchment paper.  That was my first mistake.  It really would have been better in an 8×8. Below is a pic of what it looked like after it was cooked.  Normally, when a recipe gives a range of cooking times, I use the least time given and this works best with my oven.  This recipe said 15-20 minutes so I cooked for 15 minutes…mistake number 2.  The outsides were done, but the inside was definitely not.  I did not notice this until later when it completely cooled.  I did use the toothpick test to see if it was done, but I believe I stuck the toothpick close to the outside where it was completely cooked.  So the inside brownies had more of a cookie dough consistency.  This was not a problem for me, I ate them anyway 🙂

Here is the recipe I used. (from penniesonaplatter.com)

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Brownies 
Yield: 24 small brownies  (not even close, I think I got 12)
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 whole egg
2 egg whites
1 tbsp vegetable or canola oil
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350˚F.  Line an 11″x7 inch pan with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine pumpkin puree, eggs and oil until smooth.  Set aside.
In a separate medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, spices, salt and brown sugar. Add to the wet ingredients and mix until thoroughly incorporated.
Stir in the chocolate chips.
Pour into prepared pan and spread evenly.  Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until passes toothpick test.  Cool completely before cutting.

I also made a no-bake pumpkin cheesecake.  This was much more of a success and is amazing!  Also, it’s a healthier than a regular cheesecake, but still has enough of a creamy consistency to satisfy me.

Here is the recipe.  (from http://www.skinnytaste.com)

Pumpkin Spice No-Bake Cheesecake

  • 7 oz 1/3 less fat Philadelphia Cream Cheese (I used 8 oz – the whole block)
  • 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin (I used canned)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, unpacked
  • 8 oz Cool Whip Free, thawed
  • 9 inch reduced fat Graham Cracker Crust (I used regular, store didn’t have reduced fat in the 9 inch size)

In a large bowl using an electric mixer, whip cream cheese, pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and brown sugar for a few minutes until fluffy. Add Cool Whip and whip until smooth. Spoon mixture into pie crust and chill for a few hours, until firm.

The Art of Creating Your Own Recipe

This is a skill that I desperately wish I had.  All the food blogs I read are these super talented people who create their own amazing recipes.  I have never done this.  I usually am following a recipe I found online to the tee.  I even have a hard time making substitutions.  When I read comments and feedback to others’ recipes, I often see them substituting greek yogurt for sour cream and so on…but for some reason, my brain just does not work that way.  If I don’t have sour cream on hand I simply go to the grocery store to buy some, I don’t think about what I already have on hand that would work just as well.  I guess there have been a few occasions when I omitted something because I did not have it or made other minor changes.  But for the most part..I am stuck to the recipe.

So on this blog, you won’t find too many original recipes from me…but I think I do a pretty good job of finding the best recipes out there so when I test something that works, I’m going to post it.  For example, over the weekend I made some pumpkin chocolate chip cookies that were literally the best cookies I have ever had.  I have somewhat of a pumpkin addiction so these were totally up my alley.  I found the recipe on Pinterest and followed it pretty much exactly.  Next time I make them I am definitely going to post a pic and the recipe.  They were so moist and delicious…HEAVENLY!

So tell me..do you create your own recipes?  Are you good at substitutions?  Do you love cookies? 🙂