Queue the spooky soundtrack—it’s that time of year again!
I love pumpkin pie—proof here. I know, I know, it’s more of a Thanksgiving thing than it is Halloween but I think it’s safe to say that, especially in recent years, it obviously fits just about any day of the season (I’m looking at you, Pumpkin Spice People). And while I can’t fully get behind putting pumpkin spice on everything—I mean, please tell me pumpkin spice gum or Kool Aid don’t actually exist—I am totally all for a good pumpkin pie.
But since this is Halloween after all (and by that I mean that the entire month of October is Halloween… we can all agree to that, right?) this needs to be just a bit more festive and, dare I say, spoopy? I used this awesome cutter set I got from Amazon and it not only has a perfectly sized cutter for the pies themselves, but it also comes with assorted eyes and a mouth for making the most GD cute Jack-O-Lantern. You can get yours here.
Much like my Pumpkin-Pecan Cheesecake, you need to purge the pumpkin of the excess water, and there’s quite a bit (almost half the weight of the pumpkin itself is water). It gives you a velvety texture that isn’t too wet, which would threaten the crust of the pies. Lay three layers of paper towel on a sheet tray, spread the pumpkin across the towel, cover it with more paper towel and gently set another sheet tray over top. The paper towel will pull the water out and leave you with this dense, flavorful pumpkin puree.
Mix it up with some egg yolks, sugar, and the aforementioned pumpkin-spice and the filling is all set. Speaking of the pumpkin spice, don’t use a store bought pre-mixed thing if you can help it. All it is really is cinnamon, freshly grated nutmeg, ground cloves, and ground cardamom—all things you probably have on hand with the exception, maybe, of the cardamom and trust me when I say it’s a worthy addition to your spice rack. This way you can not only customize your PSL to your specific tastes, but you can also use the individual spices on their own in a variety of recipes (a little cardamom in some rice pilaf, black tea, coffee… incredible).
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