Spicy Pumpkin Pie with a Story



Bill is the pumpkin pie connoisseur in this family, and he likes it spicy!



This pie is synonymous with this time of year and it’s always a great dessert.



I cannot even think of pumpkin pie without remembering a neighbor who lived beside us in Louisville years ago.  She ran over to me one day with a “pumpkin pie” in her hand, asking what happened to it…

“Uhhhhh, oh my gosh, Beth!”

She bought a large pumpkin, scooped out the stringy stuff and seeds, and set them aside; next, she threw the flesh (meat for pies) into the trash.  Then she proceeded to make her pumpkin pie ~ of stringy stuff and seeds mixed with evaporated milk and spices ~ poured the conglomeration into a pie shell and baked it.

It was disgusting!  She was upset, ready to bawl, while I tried controlling myself by not laughing hysterically until she left!

‘Nuf said, here’s the recipe for a spicy pumpkin pie, it’s delicious!


Spicy Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients:

2 eggs
1 can (16-ounces) pumpkin
¾ cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons ginger
1 teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon cloves
1 can (12-oounces) evaporated milk
Pastry for 9” one-crust pie*

Method:

Heat oven to 425 degrees.
Beat eggs slightly with a whisk.
Beat in remaining ingredients.
Pour into unbaked pie shell.
Bake for 15 minutes.
Reduce oven heat to 350 degrees.
Bake for 45-50 minutes longer until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
Transfer to wire rack and cool.
Serve with a dollop of whipped cream.
*My pie crust recipe is way back here.  


ENJOY!





Comments

  1. Pam, Your story is even more amazing than the folks that leave all of the organs and the neck in a frozen turkey and then try to cook it! Nice pumpkin pie recipe. I also like it spicy... The typical pumpkin pie is boring so I end up loading it with whipped cream to give it some flavor...but way too many calories too! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Hi Dave! Yes, I love those stories. I agree with the pie, spicy is a good thing! Have a great rest of the week and weekend!

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  2. That story is hilarious! Love pumpkin pie and yours looks heavenly! Thanks for the great recipe, cher!

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    1. Marguerite, thanks! Hope all is well your way, cher!

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  3. Oh my! Let me share my story. When we were first married and living in La Jolla, our next door neighbor (unmarried 21 years old) knocked on our door about 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving day. She asked how long it should take to defrost a twelve pound turkey!! Uh, about three days. What? I never found out what she ended up serving for the meal but it sure wasn't that turkey.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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    1. Bonnie, tee hee! That's a good one! Wonder if she went to a restaurant for Thanksgiving dinner.
      Thanks for the story and take care.

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  4. Cute story. I'll try to remember to keep the pumpkin and throw out the seeds. I like pumpkin pie with a bit of kick too.
    Sam

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    1. Hi Sam! Somehow I don't see you having a problem with that! A kick to the pie is good!
      Take care and have a good weekend!

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  5. Oh my gosh, this is a great story. So funny. Thanks for sharing.

    PS: I saved you a cupcake.

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    1. Thanks, Ivy! I bet that cupcake is great!

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  6. Hi Pam ,
    I bet you smile each time you bake a pumpkin pie , just too cute . I also love my pumpkin pie spicy and potato pie too .

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    1. Nee, I do! It always makes me laugh. Here's to spicy pumpkin pie!

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  7. Oh my, that's quite a picture. Your pie, on the other hand, looks wonderful! Thanksgiving wouldn't be the same without pumpkin pie.

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    1. Thanks, Beth! We love it this time of year.

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  8. Oh she reminds me of me when I married at 20!

    Bless her heart!
    Your pie does look great!

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    1. Yes, bless her heart! It was not a good experience!

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  9. How sweet of you....I'm not sure I would have been able to hold back the laughter. This is one of my FAVORITE pies...looking forward to making your recipe..

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    1. Shug, I had to as she was so close to crying.

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  10. There is nothing better than a good pumpkin pie during the holidays. Your neighbor could have used your help with a great recipe.

    Happy holidays!!

    Velva

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    1. Thanks, Velva! Yes, I had never made one from scratch like that either, but I knew the pulp had to be cooked. Wished she had mentioned it earlier.

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  11. I love spices and love this pumpkin pie:))

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  12. Aww... cute story. :) That pie looks great! I love pumpkin pie, and have it all to myself when I make it. :)

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    1. It has been a long time, welcome back! Lucky you with the pie! That would be great.

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  13. That is hilarious story and really great recipe! :)

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  14. Ewwwww to the stringy pie!! At least now I know not to do that if I ever attempt to make a pumpkin pie from scratch. : ) Nobody here eats pumpkin pie ~ weird huh!
    Have a wonderful weekend Pam.

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    1. Yes, Leslie; it was not a good thing. No, not weird, some here don't either. I really didn't care for it until just a few years ago.

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  15. The pie looks delicious and enjoyed the story - I can just imagine how it looked.

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  16. LOL...sorry I just had to laugh at that stringy pie!
    Your pumpkin pie looks perfect, Pam.
    Have a beautiful weekend!
    Angie

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    1. Angie, I get it. I'm not sure what she was thinking when she used the strings.

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  17. Poor gal...but so funny! Your pie looks delish!

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    1. Yes, poor gal, for sure. Thanks, Laurie!

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  18. Sounds almost like my Ugly Apple Cake mishap. Funny but oh so frustrating:) Your pie, however, looks delicious Pam! Thank you so much for the chuckle and the pie...

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    1. Oh, Louise, I'd curious as to what your story is. It was very frustrating for her. Thanks!

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  19. One day I will make a pumpkin pie but we always eat pumpkin as a vegetable, roasted with cumin and pimento. Also I roast the seeds as snacks they are so yummy. Have a good weekend Diane

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    1. Diane, we like the roasted seeds also. I've never eaten it as a vegetable, but like your describe, it sounds great!

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  20. Extra spices in pumpkin pie sounds great! It's one of my favorite pies--as long as there are no pumpkin strings mixed in. ;)

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    1. Ha, ha, Lisa! I'm with you on that.

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  21. That is hilarious! I'd much rather have your extra spiced pie...it looks terrific!

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    1. Bill does like it spicy, me too now. Thanks, Liz!

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  22. Haha! Talk about a baking disaster! This pie looks far from that. This looks so good!

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    1. Thanks, Cathleen! I've had my share of baking and cooking disasters, not fun!

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  23. Your pumpkin pie looks fabulous. The poor neighbour, had she never cooked with pumpkin before?

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    1. Thanks, Gaye! No, she had never cooked with fresh pumpkin. I felt horrible as she had put so much effort into it and was so disappointed; wished she had mentioned making it before doing so.

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  24. Poor woman after all that work. :) I'd take your pie any day over one of seeds and strings.

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    1. Yes, I felt bad for her and wish she had mentioned she was going to make the pie from scratch. Thanks, Maureen!

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  25. Hello Pam, I simply love pumpkin pie...it is probably the pie that I remember most fondly, perhaps because it is linked to the holidays. Yours really looks fantastic and I'm sure it is super delicious!! A big hug, Mary

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  26. Hi, Mary! You are like my husband, it is definitely his favorite. It's funny how certain foods remind of us something. Thanks and hugs to you!

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  27. Dear Pam, Oh my! that poor lady!
    I like the pumpkin pie with a bit of spice myself. It just needs a bit of a lift I think.
    This sounds terrific and I am sure is delish. xo Catherine

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