Just in time for the holidays

Old-fashioned Pumpkin Pie
adapted from The Wooden Spoon Dessert Book by Marilyn Moore

Prepare one unbaked pie shell. Chill the shell while preparing the filling. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

In a large bowl beat 3 large eggs.

Add and mix well 1 can (16 oz.) solid pack pumpkin (not "pie filling").

Mix together, pressing out any lumps with the back of a spoon, and then stir into the pumpkin mixture

7/8 cup (3/4 c plus 2 tablespoons) brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground mace

Stir in 1 1/3 cups half-and-half

Pour and scrape the filling into the chilled pie shell. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 325 degrees F and bake for 30 to 35 minutes longer, or until the pie is set except for 1 inch in the center. It will continue to set up after removal from the oven. Cool on a wire rack. Serve at room temperature or chilled, topped with sweetened whipped cream.

Refrigerate any leftovers.

I count this as a vegetable...


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Blogger Aj Schwanz said...

My anti-green-vegetable son thanks you. :)

11/18/2005 10:30 AM  
Blogger Chris M. said...

I can affirm that this also tastes good with whipped cream, for that extra dairy portion you were seeking!

11/21/2005 5:29 PM  
Blogger Robin M. said...

It's got vitamin A, it's got fiber it's got protein, it's better for you than pancakes with syrup or any number of other things regularly marketed as breakfast food.

That is, IF you make it yourself. No fair substituting commerically made pie with trans fats and corn syrup and artificial thickeners and flavors and colors.

11/22/2005 12:58 AM  
Blogger anj said...

I made this for our Thansgiving celebration, the next day, it was my breakfast. My three teen-age sons and my husband were horrified, and jealous. i think it might be the best pumpkin pie I have ever made. Thanks for the recipe.

12/01/2005 6:25 PM  
Blogger Robin M. said...

Anj, glad you enjoyed it.

Alas, I too made this pie for Thanksgiving, but my 95 year old grandmother's 50 year old oven is just about to die, and would heat no further than 350 degrees. We had to bake it for almost two hours. The filling was okay, but the crust was pretty flat. We still ate the whole thing happily.

My seven year old son, who would much prefer to eat nothing rather than something he didn't like, had two slices, as always. He'd have had three, but we had to save some for his grandpa.

12/02/2005 12:43 AM  
Blogger Lorcan said...

I'm sorry that this is off topic. There is an emergency among Quakers today, please read the following letters. They are about Tom Fox. Please take this concern to thy meeting tomorrow. Thy Friend.

http://freethecaptivesnow.org/ <- click the hot link

-----Forwarded Message-----
From: CHUCKFAGER@aol.com
Sent: Dec 2, 2005 12:15 PM
To: qpr@quaker.org
Subject: Free Tom Fox! New Website & ACTION Steps

Dear Friend--

We are Quakers and admirers of Tom Fox, kidnapped in Iraq with three other
peaceworkers on Nov. 26. Please join us in taking action aimed at helping free
them, safely and soon. Joining together through the web, we can keep their
plight and innocence before the world, and their captors.

To this end, we have put up a new website: _http://freethecaptivesnow.org/_

We believe that the most help those outside Iraq can be to these prisoners
is to make clear to the world, and especially their captors, that they were in
Iraq NOT as spies, military contractors, or even missionaries, but as
unarmed advocates of peace, justice, and reconciliation.

They have done no wrong, and deserve to be free and safe. We call on their
captors to let them go, now.

If you agree, here are the specific steps we advocate. Time is of the

1. Visit the website: _www.freethecaptivesnow.org_
(http://www.freethecaptivesnow.org/) There you can sign a special petition page, aimed at the captors.
You can also link there to Tom Fox's Iraq blog.

2. Hold a public vigil or prayer service focused on the call, expressed in
your own words, to release the captives, end the occupation and stop torture.
Join with like-minded groups, and invite the media to attend and report on
your action.

3. Write to newspapers, call in to radio shows, and tell them of the
innocence of these peaceworkers and your support for their immediate release.
Mention the website!

4. Send emails to the feedback pages of media such as Al-Jazeera, Al Arabiya
and other major national and international media, especially in the Gulf
region (any other links??), repeating the call to free the captives.

5. If you are part of a group or church with a peace and justice emphasis,
ask them to join this effort in whatever public way is appropriate to their

6. Let us know what you are doing.

7. VERY IMPORTANT - Pass this message on! Tell your friends about the
_www.freethecaptivesnow.org_ (http://www.freethecaptivesnow.org/) website,
petition, and action suggestions..

With your email help, we can quickly reach supporters of peace and justice
throughout the world. Together our voices can make a powerful chorus for
freeing the captives and ending the war.

As this urgent effort continues, we'll be updating the site. They have done
no wrong, and deserve to be free and safe. We call on their captors to let
them go, now.

Thank you and Peace,

Chuck Fager & John Stephens


From Lorcan Otway

Please pass this along, if any can translate the following into Arabic, please do me the honor of so doing. I am placing this letter into many hands, in hope it will reach those for whom it is intended.

An Open Letter to our Brothers holding Tom Fox and other CPT members in Iraq:

Dear Brothers in the one God:

It is early morning in America. I am a Quaker and I am trying to find words to stay your hand. I can only say that hatred is blind and love is unconditional.

Many people from our nation have come to your nation in blind hatred and killed innocent people. Tom Fox is not one of these people. He came to your nation with all his human fears, because his love was unconditional. He came to ask his own people not to kill you. He came not to judge you, innocent or guilty, but to say live together in peace and find a better way. He did not come to change your government, but to change our own people's hearts towards you.

He came to your country in the same light that Rachel Corrie went to Palestine to stand in the way of Israeli tractors destroying Palestinian homes. To spare Tom Fox and his companions is to show the Israeli people that it was wrong take the young life of Rachael Corrie.

I ask you to stay your hand, because we will still love you, no less or no more, if you break our hearts by taking the life of these good people who love you.

I ask you to stay your hand because you can. When you stand before your God, next to the American who wore an army uniform, next to the one who drove the tractor that killed Rachael Corrie, and our God asks each of you, why have you taken the lives of innocents, what difference will there be in your answer? When, some day, and I pray after a long life of loving works, Tom stands before our God and is asked why he placed his life in your hands, I think you know his answer. Because hatred is blind and love is unconditional.

"Whoever has saved a life, it will be as if he has saved the life of all mankind" (Quran 5:32)

Gods love and mercy to thee

In unmovable Friendship

Lorcan Otway

A member of the committee of Ministry and Counsel for the New York Quarterly Meeting
of the Religious Society of Friends
also known as Quakers.

12/03/2005 1:05 PM  

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