Halloween is fast approaching and the pumpkins are ready for picking. We headed back to Cattows Farm in our local area to check out this years crop. Earlier in the summer we came back with more fruit than we knew what to do with, this time we had to pick a pumpkin from the 40,000 available. God help us!
I had considered just getting a pumpkin to carve decoratively into as scary of face that I could manage, however this just seemed a bit of a waste. Instead, I hatched a plan to bake an American favourite – Pumpkin Pie.
The recipe below is as simple as you would like to make it, you could use canned pumpkin and the recommended pre-bought pastry cases. For me, the pastry was a lifesaver on a busy day when pushed for time but nothing beats the fresh pumpkin.
So without further delay, check out the recipe below and kickstart your Halloween celebrations!
Makes 2 Pies
2 Ready-made Pastry Tart Shells, around 20 cm in diameter
½ A Fresh Medium Pumpkin, around 3kg
1 tsp Ground Ginger
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
200g Caster Sugar
50ml Brandy (or Whisky)
2 Free-Range Eggs, at room temperature
200ml Evaporated Milk
Pinch of Salt
- Preheat the oven to 160C.
- Slice the pumpkin in half, scoop out the seeds and remove the outer skin carefully with the aid of a sharp or serrated knife. Dice up one half of the pumpkin and reserve the other half for another recipe.
- Place the diced pumpkin into a large pan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the pumpkin is soft enough to pierce with a knife offering no resistance.
- Drain the pumpkin and place straight into a blender. Blitz to a puree and measure out 400ml of the puree. Reserve the remaining puree for another recipe, this freezes well once cool.
- Add the 400ml of puree to the blender along with the ginger, cinnamon, brandy, sugar, eggs and evaporated milk. Blitz the mixture until smooth.
- Pour the mixture carefully into the tart shells until the filling reaches the top. Carefully place into the oven for 30 minutes or until the pies are set with a slight wobble in the centre. Leave to cool for an hour.
- Slice up the pies and enjoy while still just warm. These are great served with whipped cream or just as they are – Happy Halloween!