Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Best Pumpkin Pie with Homemade Whipped Cream

Oh, pumpkin pie - how I love you. If you are still looking for the perfect recipe for pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving, look no further, because you have come to the right place. This pumpkin pie is incredible. The secret is in the sweetened condensed milk - it makes for a really nice consistency, and it enhances the flavors of the cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.

I first came across this recipe last winter. I will never try another recipe for pumpkin pie again, because this one really is the absolute best. This pie taste delicious when it is warm or cold, and it is great with or without whipped cream. But since whipped cream makes everything better, I usually opt for a piece topped with whipped cream. If you have never had homemade whipped cream, you are missing out. Once you have it, you probably will never buy store-bought whipped cream again.

I hope everyone has a very happy Thanksgiving! I have a lot to be thankful for, but today I'm especially thankful for pumpkin pie!

Recipe for the Best Pumpkin Pie with Homemade Whipped Cream

For the pie crust
1 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. of granulated sugar
1/4 tsp. of kosher salt
1 stick of very cold butter, chopped into small chunks
3 - 4 Tbsp. of ice-cold water
Place the flour, salt, and sugar into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse briefly to just combine. Add in the very cold pieces of butter. Pulse several times until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs (about the size of peas). With the food processor running, slowly pour a tablespoon of the water through the feed tube. Continue to pour in more water, a tablespoon at a time. After you have poured in 3 tablespoons of water, add in the fourth tablespoon if the dough has not yet left the sides of the bowl. Allow the food processor to keep running until the dough completely leaves the sides of the bowl and forms into a ball. Carefully remove the dough from the food processor and wrap in saran wrap or seal in a plastic bag. Put into the refrigerator for 45 minutes.
For the pumpkin pie filling
1 14-ounce can of pumpkin
1 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
2 eggs, beaten with a fork
1/2 cup of light brown sugar, packed
2 Tbsp. of granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp. of ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. of ground ginger
1/2 tsp. of ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. of salt
1/4 tsp. of ground cloves
1/8 tsp. of vanilla extract
Place all of the ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Beat the ingredients together with an electric hand mixer set on medium speed for two minutes.
For assembly and cooking
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Take the dough out of the fridge. Place it into a 9 to 10-inch pie pan. Use your hands to firmly press and work the dough so it is evenly distributed onto the bottom and the sides of the pan. Pour the pumpkin pie filling mixture into the pan. Place the pie pan into the oven and cook for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees. Cook for another 45 - 50 minutes. Cool the pie on a cooling rack for at least 20 minutes before serving. Makes 8 - 12 servings.

Pie Crust Recipe Source: Annie's Eats
Pumpkin Pie Recipe Source:

Recipe for Whipped Cream
1 cup of heavy whipping cream (chilled)
1 Tbsp. of confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
Place a medium to large metal mixing bowl and the whisk attachment for an electric hand mixer into the freezer. Let chill for about 10 minutes. Once chilled, pour the cup of heavy whipping cream into the bowl. Attach the chilled whisk to the electric hand mixer. Beat the cream on high speed for about one to two minutes, then add in the powdered sugar. Continue to beat on high speed for several minutes, or until the cream starts to form soft peaks. This recipe makes enough whipped cream to serve on each piece of pie (or at least it should)!