Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Pumpkin Pie


  • 1 1/4 cups pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup evaporated milk, undiluted
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 9-inch pie crust, unbaked


In mixing bowl, combine pumpkin, sugar, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and flour. Add eggs; mix well. Add evaporated milk, water and vanilla; mix well. Pour pumpkin pie mixture into a 9-inch pastry lined pie pan. Preheat oven to 425°. Bake at 425° for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350° and bake pumpkin pie for about 35 minutes longer, until pumpkin pie is set.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Susan Combs' Fool Proof Pie Crust

Cut together with pastry blender:
4 cups flour
1 3/4 cups vegetable shortening

Mix in a small bowl or measuring cup:
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 egg
1/2 cup water

Combine two mixtures until moistened. Chill 15 minutes. Refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze. Makes 2 2layer pie crusts or 4 9 inch shells.

Banana Cream Pie

1 c. sugar
1/2 c. flour and 2 tbsp.
1/4 tsp. salt
2 c. whole milk
1 c. evaporated milk
4 egg yolks
3 tbsp. butter
2 tsp. vanilla
1 (9 inch) baked pie crust
3 bananas, sliced thinly
1 pt. heavy whipping cream
For filling, in medium saucepan combine sugar, flour and salt; gradually stir in milks. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat, cook and stir 2 minutes more.

Remove from heat. Beat egg yolks slightly. Gradually stir 1 cup of the hot mixture into yolks. Return egg mixture to saucepan; bring to gentle boil. Cook and stir 2 minutes more. Remove from heat. Stir in butter and vanilla. Fold sliced bananas into warm filling, cool. Pour into pie crust, top with 1 pint whipped cream. Serve.