What to do when everyone in the family wants Pumpkin Pie for Sunday dinner's desert, the pie crust is ready, but there is no can of pumpkin to be found in the inn, and it is the Sabbath and I can't go shopping today. (Don't get me wrong. I admit to breaking the Sabbath day a few times in my life, but it usually involved a pink Winchell's doughnut with sprinkles on top. Remember that daddy-o!) That was my dilemma Sunday when I realized the can I thought I had in the enormous pantry had suddenly disappeared. Luckily there was redemption. I had recently bought 2 cute little Sugar Pie Pumpkins for decoration, and thought I must be able to use one of those little buggars. I knew in my mind that pumpkin doesn't originally come in a can, but my heart just kept telling me it just wouldn't be the same without Libby's famous pumpkin.
I was very wrong. I will admit that Libby's pumpkin pie recipe is the only recipe to use. There is no need to doctor up something that is already just absolutely perfect. No struesel toppings, rum, eggnog, or even chocolate could make a pumpkin pie better than the plain, straight forward Libby's recipe. Except maybe a fresh pumpkin! (Sorry Libby's.)
It wasn't really that much harder either. All I did was just pop the whole pumpkin into the oven for about 30 mins. I tested to see if it was tender with a fork, brought it out, cut off the top, scooped out the guts, and peeled that little orange baby, and it was done. One little Sugar Pumpkin gave me 4 cups of puree and that was just what I needed for 2 pies. I didn't even have to puree the pulp. I just put it in my mixer and stirred for a few moments and wha-la!
J said it was the best pumpkin pie he'd ever eaten. The color was prettier than canned pumpkin. It was a brighter orange than the darker canned pumpkin. I don't like nutmeg and cloves in my pumpkin pie so I only added cinnamon. Maybe that's why I liked it so much. I topped it with fresh whipped cream with a little bit of cinnamon in there too. I was dreamy, and lovely, and the perfect ending to the Sabbath. So next time you're out of pumpkin, never fear, there may be a squash near to save the day. I think this just might be my new favorite Pumpkin Pie! It was really great for breakfast yesterday too.