Mom always makes the best pumpkin pie and this one is no exception! Rich, creamy and with just the right amount of spices, Moms Pumpkin Pie comes out perfect every time.
What would Thanksgiving be without pumpkin pie? It seems I never think of making a pumpkin pie except around Thanksgiving and Christmas but when I do make it, it is always a treat. Maybe I subconsciously plan it that way because it makes the family appreciate it so much more. lol
The recipe below is from my Mom and is one of the best pumpkin pies I have ever had. She was an expert in the kitchen and loved to bake, everything and anything. Our house always smelled wonderful and, thinking back, I think that is why there were always so many kids in the house.
The filling to this pie, which I believe started out from the back of a Comstock can, was adapted and tinkered with until mom had just the right amount of spices to titillate the taste buds and have you thinking of heaven.
I have always heard that people dread making pies because of the crust. It really isn’t that hard and with a little bit of practice you can become an expert at making a crust that comes out perfect every time. I love one that is buttery and flaky just like moms always was and, all you have to do to duplicate it, is just remember these two important tips. When making the crust, always start out with very cold butter and don’t overwork the dough as that can make it denser and not so flaky. Easy, right?
One of the newest additions I’ve made to mom’s pie is to decorate it with leaf-shaped pie decorations made from the leftover crust. I don’t like to overdo it but it does make a pretty statement before it’s cut. You can also add a few cranberries with sugar coating. I freeze mine, run them under a little water, then roll in sugar. You’ve got to do this right before you serve it as they look prettiest when frozen.
If you are gluten-free, I’ve included directions of a delicious nut crust in the notes section which can be substituted for the regular crust. Or maybe you just want to change it up and make something a little different. Whichever way you make it – it’s oh so good!
Thanks for the great recipe Mom. Love you lots!
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