The internet is a great teacher — Homemade Pumpkin Pie

by on November 14, 2009 in Meal Planning & Recipes

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I love how instantly available the internet makes information. All sorts of information. If you need to know something…anything…you can find it with a few clicks of a mouse button. Today I used it to find a recipe for making pumpkin pie from scratch using real pumpkin. It was so much fun! I took pictures to document my adventure. See below for yummy photo evidence!

The site I used for information on how to cook and prepare my pie pumpkins as well as the recipe for the pumpkin pie and its crust was PickYourOwn.org. I love this site. It isn’t the prettiest or flashiest site out there, but it has TONS of information and most of it has full color pictures and step by step instructions. I use it a lot during the summer when I am freezing produce from our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) group.

Here are pages I referenced for recipes:

Ready for some photos? Enjoy…

This is my basket of 16 pie pumpkins. Straight from an Amish farm near here.

You have to cut the pumpkins, remove the stem and scoop out the seeds. Messy fun!

I chose to cook my pumpkin in my Pampered Chef microwave steaming basket. Each pumpkin half took anywhere from 8 minutes to 15 minutes. If you cook it long enough, the skin just peels right off!

Once you have your pumpkin cooked and all the skin removed, you have to puree it. This is NOT a blender full of pumpkin daiquiris!

I used 3 cups of my pumpkin glop for the pie I baked and froze the rest in batches. 3 cups for pies and 2 cups for pumpkin bread. The PickYourOwn.org website also has a good recipe for the bread.

I was most nervous about the dough, but I followed the recipe and even gave it a 30 minute chill in the fridge before I began rolling it out. I traced my pie pan on the waxed paper, just like mom taught me, and I used Hubby’s grandma’s old rolling pin. I was looking at the handles and wondering how many pies she must have rolled out in her lifetime. This pin is treasured in my kitchen!

I tried to make pretty edges on my pie crust and then filled it up and baked it!

The final product! I had enough extra pie filling to also bake a small dish of crustless pie too.

Here is a side shot so you can see how deep the pie is. I can’t wait to try it!

So, that was my pie journey. I am thankful for the internet so I can get great ideas for good food! Now…I think it’s time for pie!

[note: this post was originally written on my personal blog, and has been shared here because the content is relevant to the journey I have been on to reshape my attitude toward spending, saving and managing my resources more wisely. It is possible that additional edits may have been made to clarify or expand points.]


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