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Sugar & Spice Pumpkin Pie with Brandied Ginger Cream Recipe

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This recipe for Sugar & Spice Pumpkin Pie with Brandied Ginger Cream, by , is from Aelred and Rita Wagner Family Cookbook , one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Wil Wagner
Added: Sunday, November 2, 2008

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
For the crust
1/2 teaspoon table salt
6-3/4 ounces (1-1/2 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour
5 ounces (10 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces

For the filling
15-ounce can pure pumpkin
2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon brandy
3/4 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon freshly ground cinnamon stick (or 1-1/2 teaspoons pre-ground cinnamon)
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Pinch freshly ground cloves (or 1/8 teaspoon pre-ground cloves)

For the cream
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon brandy

Directions:
Directions:
Make the crust

In a small bowl, stir the salt into 1/3 cup very cold water until dissolved. Put the flour in a food processor and scatter the butter on top. Pulse until the mixture forms large crumbs and some of the butter is in pieces the size of peas, about 8 pulses. Add the salt water and pulse until the dough begins to come together in large clumps, about 7 pulses.you'll still see some butter pieces. Shape the dough into a 1-inch-thick disk, wrap in plastic, and chill for at least 1 hour or up to overnight.

On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a circle 16 inches in diameter and 1/8 inch thick. Transfer to a 9-inch ceramic, metal, or glass pie plate, easing the dough into the bottom and sides and then gently pressing into place. For a traditional crimped edge, trim the overhanging dough to 1/2 inch from the edge of the plate. Fold the overhang under and crimp decoratively. To make the fancier edge decoration pictured below, check out our simple technique. Wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight, or freeze for up to 2 weeks.

Blind-bake the crust
Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 400F. Line the chilled pie shell with parchment and fill it with dried beans or pie weights. Bake until the sides have just set and look dry, 16 to 20 minutes (lift the parchment to check). Remove the weights and parchment and bake until the edges are light golden and the bottom is pale and completely dry, about 5 minutes. If the dough starts to bubble while baking, gently push the bubbles down with the back of a spoon. Let the crust cool completely on a wire rack before filling.

Make the filling and bake the pie

Heat the oven to 325F. In a large bowl, whisk the pumpkin, eggs, egg yolk, cream, and brandy. In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, pepper, and cloves. Whisk the sugar mixture into the pumpkin mixture.

Pour the filling into the cooled piecrust. Bake until the pie is set around the outside but still slightly wet and jiggly in the center, about 1 hour. The filling will continue to set as it cools. Let the pie cool completely on a wire rack and then refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 2 days before serving.


Make the cream just before serving
Whip the cream with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until it forms very soft peaks, about 2 minutes. Add the sugar, ginger, and brandy and continue whipping until it forms medium-firm peaks, about 30 seconds longer. Dollop in the center of the pie, leaving a band of filling visible around the edge of the pie, or dollop on individual servings.

Make Ahead Tips
You can make and freeze the crust up to 2 weeks ahead. The pie may be filled and baked up to 2 days ahead.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
8 - 10
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
I got this recipe from www.taunton.com/finecooking/recipes

 

 

 

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