Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Kill The Pumpkin and ICLW

Ride of the Valkyries to the wording of kill the rabbit by Elmer Fudd is going through my mind except Elmer Fudd is singing Kill the Pumpkin in places.  The small pumpkin saw its last days a whole fruit yesterday.
I cooked the pumpkin down, made my own pie shell and baked the beast.  Here are the recipes I used:

From a 1951 copy of Meta Given's Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking vol.2.

Cooking Fresh Pumpkin.  5 lb pumpkin equals a No.2 can of pumpkin meat.  I sliced the pumpkin in half and greased the cut sides of the pumpkin, not removing seeds.  Placing it in a preheated 400 degree F. oven for 50 minutes.    After baking I scooped out the seeds and stringy matter setting it aside.  Into the food mill ( that sieve thing with the wooden bat) went the rest of the pumpkin meat minus the skins.  After a half hour of working it out into the bowl with the orange stuff in it I was ready for the next step.  Oh I had made the pie crust from scratch while the pumpkin was baking mind you and I chilled it too.  Really easy crust using shortening, water, flour and salt.
1 3/4 cups fresh cooked pumpkin puree
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
2 eggs
1 cup cream
1/2 cup milk
First cook down the pumpkin until it thickens which takes about 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and add in the remaining ingredients stirring with a whisk rapidly.  It forms a custard.  Pour immediately into the chilled pie shell and bake in a preheated 400 degree F oven for  35-40 minutes.  Cool for 1.5 hours on a rack.

I decided to make enough for two pies.  One of which I'll take to a party tomorrow.  The other my husband and I got into last night.  The above is for Thanksgiving.
The one in the dark pan to the right is the one I made specially for J.  I made a crushed ginger snap crust for that one.  Mind you he loved it.  He brought some of it into work today to share with his SSG.


Oh and I should tell all of you that I have never on my own made a pumpkin pie from a Pie Pumpkin before.  I've had help as a child making one but this is my first so I was very pleased that it came out so good.

For the ICLW crowd it is CD6.  I'll hopefully be doing an IUI next week.  Ultrasound is on the 27th to see how many follicles in a natural cycle I have going on.  Pelvic region is really achy today and I called off my physical therapy session.

42 comments:

  1. I can almost smell the pie from here! Now I'm hungry :)

    As always, best of luck this cycle. I'll be thinking of you.

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  2. Amazing looking pies!! The crust looks absolutely perfect, too... you're a real Julia Child. :) My only tweak to the recipe would be to add some nutmeg -- I just went to Grenada and went crazy with this spice.

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    1. I didn't think about the nutmeg. I use nutmeg in some of my pasta dishes.

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  3. Thanks for popping by my blog and leaving me a comment. :) Your pies look great! :D

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    1. Taste even better too. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Wow! I am truly impressed that you cooked your own pumpkins too! I have always been proud of making my own pie crusts but you have now set a new standard!

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    1. I find cooking, when I'm up to energy-wise, to most enjoyable.

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  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    Can I please, please, get some of that pie?! Looks delicious!

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    1. Would love to share if you lived nearby.

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  6. sorry you had to call of your PT session :C that is not good. Good luck for your upcoming IUI!

    I am only going to say that *deep sigh* I am SUPER JELLY about your pies ;C but good for you and J :D

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    1. I'm guessing I undervalue my domestic skills. I keep thinking because it is so easy for me that everyone else can do it too.

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  7. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Not much a fan of pumpkin myself, much prefer apple, so I've never made one from an actual pumpkin before either. Good luck with your IUI next week!

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    1. I usually make a nice apple pie with a crumble topping. I find a mixture of granny smith and a sweet apple do the trick for the filling.

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  8. Looks amazing!!! Enjoy ever bit of it!

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  9. Those look amazing - I can never get the consistency right with fresh pumpkin.

    Returning a comment from ICLW.

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    1. How long do you cook the pumpkin on the stove top?

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  10. I'm so impressed that you made a pumpkin pie from scratch! Wow.

    Visiting from ICLW.

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  11. Those look delicious, and I'm hugely impressed that you make everything from scratch. I'm still trying to master my grandma's recipie for sour cherry pie.

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    1. Haven't made sour cherry pie before but it sounds interesting enough for me too look into trying it out.

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  12. Your pies look so yummy! The one with the gingersnap crust sounds so good. Awesome job doing it all from scratch. :)

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  13. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your pies look delicious!

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  14. hi from iclw! that looks so good!!

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  15. Hi! Just visiting from ICLW#44. Great job on the pies! Hoping your IUI goes well and this is the one.

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  16. Those pies look amazing! Thanks for walking through how it's done! Happy ICLW!

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  17. That looks and sounds amazing, especially with the gingersnap crust! Yum. Happy ICLW!

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  18. OMG that looks so good! I haven't made pie from a fresh pumpkin in years! I wonder if all the little ones I have outside will work nicely.

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