Sweet Pumpkin Pie – How To Easily Make Delicious Pumpkin Pie

When growing pumpkins you can easily end up with a glut of them at which point you are left wondering what on earth you are going to do with all those pumpkins. Of course you can carve some for Halloween, but there will invariably be some left over.

Rather than go to waste you can make a delicious pumpkin pie out of them, as well as other great dishes. Our American cousins will be familiar with pumpkin pie as it is a traditional dish served around Thanksgiving but in England it is a less well known dish.

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Pumpkin pie is one of my favorite things to do with the pumpkins I grow, and I usually use a small variety designed for cooking for pie such as Jack O’ Lantern as they have more flavor than the giant varieties. Of course you can use canned pumpkin which is easily found in the USA. In the UK it is almost impossible to find on the supermarket shelves but it can be found in Waitrose. Fresh is best and you can roast the pumpkin, freezing the pumpkin flesh for use later in the year.

Ingredients:

  • 415ml (1 3/4 cups) Pumpkin – approximately half a small pumpkin) or a 15oz can of pumpkin
  • 2 x 9″ sweet pastry cases (store bought or home made)
  • 397ml (1 tin) sweet condensed milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 large egg
  • 158ml or 2/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Method:
1) Cut the pumpkin in half and scrape out the seeds and stringy insides with a spoon (wash and roast the pumpkin seeds or keep for planting next year).
2) Cover a baking tray with foil and grease lightly.
3) Pre-heat your oven to 180C/350F.
4) Place the pumpkin halves face down on the tray and spray with cooking oil.
5) Put the tray in them middle of your oven and cook for between 30 and 50 minutes (depending on size of pumpkin) until a knife can be easily pushed through the pumpkin.
6) Remove the pumpkins from the oven and allow to cool until they can be easily handled.
7) Using a spoon scrape out the inside of the pumpkin into a bowl being careful not to get any of the skin.
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8) If you are not using all of the pumpkin then allow the excess to cool and then freeze.
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9) Put the cooled pumpkin into your food mixer together with the egg yolks and egg.
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10) Blend for about 2 minutes until smooth. You may have to scrape pumpkin off of the mixers half way through as it will get tangled in the blades.
11) Add the rest of the ingredients to the mixer and blend for a further 1 to 2 minutes until smooth and thoroughly combined.
12) Preheat your oven to 220C/430F.
13) Put the pie cases on to trays (to catch any spillage) and carefully pour the pie mixture into the cases until full.
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14) Very carefully as it is easy to spill the pie mixture put the trays into the oven.
15) Cook for 10 minutes then turn the heat down to 175C/350F.
16) Cook for a further 40 to 50 minutes until a knife inserted an inch from the edge of the pie comes out clean.
17) Remove from the oven and allow to cool before serving warm with your choice of cream!

Simple isn’t it? Plus it tastes absolutely delicious. Enjoy your pumpkin pie, I hope it becomes as popular in your household as it has in ours!

How To Grow Potatoes: The Guide To Choosing, Planting and Growing in Containers Or the Ground

How to Grow Potatoes book image“How To Grow Potatoes – The Guide To Choosing, Planting and Growing in Containers Or the Ground” is for anyone who wants to know how to grow their own delicious potatoes at home.

Growing potatoes can be easy but there are all sorts of pitfalls and problems which could potentially ruin your crop. This book provides you with a step by step guide to growing potatoes at home successfully. With the information in this book you will avoid the many problems people encounter when growing their own potatoes.

As you read this book you will learn all about the many different varieties of potatoes as well as exactly what they need to produce a bountiful crop for you. Not only that, but you will learn how to minimize the risk of loosing your crop and store your potatoes for use later in the year.

In “How To Grow Potatoes – The Guide To Choosing, Planting and Growing in Containers Or the Ground” you will learn:

  • How to select the best seed potatoes to get the best crop, including the difference between first earlies, second earlies and main crop potatoes
  • Why chitting your potatoes helps to produce a successful harvest
  • The pros and cons of planting your potatoes in the ground, raised beds, a greenhouse or containers
  • Exactly how to feed and water your potatoes for the best possible crop
  • The one thing you must do to ensure your potatoes produce a large crop – this can make a big difference in how many potatoes you harvest!
  • The best way to harvest and store your potatoes to prevent damage and rot
  • What potato blight is and how to avoid it plus the best ways to deal with it if it infects your crop
  • How to deal with the most common pests and diseases that affect potatoes
  • Some of the best varieties of potatoes on the market and their uses
  • How to grow sweet potatoes, a popular alternative to traditional potatoes
  • A number of delicious recipes to make with your home grown potatoes
  • Hints and tips to grow the best possible potatoes

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Potatoes are an extremely popular crop to grow at home and this book will help you to avoid the common frustrations a home gardener will face. When you’ve read this book you will have all the information you need to successfully grow as many potatoes as you want at home!

Enjoy growing your own potatoes as “How To Grow Potatoes – The Guide To Choosing, Planting and Growing in Containers Or the Ground” explains all about the potential pitfalls and how to avoid them. Discover today how to grow potatoes at home!