You know it's really autumn when...

When autumn arrives you might suddenly get the desire to bless your family
with a delicious homemade pumpkin pie!
First, walk out to your garden and pick the most beautiful pumpkin you see.
If you had a desert garden like we did (drought) pick one from the big pile at the grocery store.
Wash your pumpkin.
Attempt to cut the pumpkin in half! When your knife gets stuck in the middle,
find an older sister or your mother for help!

Scrape out the seeds and most of the tough fibers.
Oil the edges and lay cut side down in a pan. Add one cup of water to the pan.
Bake about an hour or till soft.
Let it cool and then scrape out the flesh.
Mash it up until it is smooth.
Put it in a strainer lined with a coffee filter to drain for an hour or so.
While the pumpkin is draining, make a pie crust.
I used gluten free flour so my sisters could eat the pie!
Have fun playing with and rolling out the crust!
We used my great grandmother's recipe which my mother wrote on this paper when she was a young girl. It calls for 2 c. of pumpkin (which is exactly what I had), 1 c. sugar, 1/2 t. salt, 1 1/2 t. cinnamon, 1/2 t. nutmeg, 1/2 t. ginger, 1/2 t. allspice, 1/2 t. ground cloves. We mixed the sugar and the other spices together first to be sure there are no big lumps. As you use the spices, move them from one side of the counter to the other, just in case you forget which ones you've added! Add the pumpkin, a 12 oz. can evaporated milk, and 2 eggs. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes, then reduce oven to 350 and continue baking for 30 minutes.
Chill your pie and surprise your father after dinner.
If you live down south, turn down the air conditioner until it feels like fall.
Don't forget the whipped cream to go on top!


Best Life said...

Your father must have LOVED it! And how thoughtful to make it gluten free so the whole family could enjoy it. It looks delicious! Mrs. P~

Beach said...

I LOVE all things pumpkin....that looks so yummy!
:) Mrs. S (Mrs. P's friend)

Awww, that's so sweet and so yummy! Abby and I may have to do that this week for Daddy. Thanks
~another Mrs. P~ :)~

Lauren said...

I've never actually made a pumpkin pie from a whole pumpkin, so this is great inspiration!

Sara said...

Great job Elizabeth! The pie looks wonderful!

Keilah said...

Yum yum YUM!

Lovely fall decorations girls. : )

We look forward to making a fresh, homemade 'punkin' pie soon.
Rhonda Poteet

Great job, Elizabeth! Your pie looked delicious!!


Eve said...

I REALLY lauged hard when I read what you wrote about turning "down the air conditioner until it feels like fall" if you live in the south! :) That is so true here in TX. This afternoon, it was 80 degrees!

I just now came across this post since I just now realized that we had your blog saved in our "Favorites" folder on our computer. It's been nice to catch up on what you all have been doing. :)

Tara said...

Yes, Eve, we're laughing with you!
Still hoping to get to wear a sweater someday! Tara


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