sublime concoctions

{October 4, 2009}   the Punkin’ Manifesto

I love  pumpkin pie. It is something i could eat morning , noon and night. Seriously, what a wealth of vitamins placed in a format that is sweet and so attached in our consciousness as a comfort food. I have worked with making the spiciest versions I could get away with having kids and last year I thought I had the best one. I am not patient enough to make good pie crust in my dinky kitchen- so this crust was adapted from a few tries of recipes and came up with my own yesterday, I added almonds ground up and what a perfect thing- here is my creation yesterday- again, not having vanilla made a chance addition I will always add from now on- orange zest. Next time I will insist to have on hand candied ginger- so i will add this to the recipe right now.

Punkin’ Manifesto


1 1/4 c flour

1/2 c almonds- ground in processor to pretty even and fine texture- not dust- but even and uniform (what a place to add the soaked and sprouted almonds from the enzyme point of view, next time i will give that a try)

1 c butter- or 1 /3 c cream cheese and 2/3 c butter (softened)

2 tsp of orange zest

3 tbls of sugar if desired

1/4 tsp salt

mix together- throw in fridge for an hour- place in pan and even out leaving somewhat of a shell along the sides- about 9 inch cake pan is the size or 8 in cake would be okay-


2 cups of pumkin

3 eggs

1 2/3 c of cream or evaporated milk ( i think go for cream)

2/3 c of honey or brown sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp of clove

2 tsp of cinnamon

1/4 cardamom

1/4 nutmeg

grate piece of ginger  about 1-2 inches to taste

zest of one orange

i zipped this in the blender- i had baked off the crust for a bit too long- so, try 10 min at 400, then place dark chocolate chips bottom of crust, add some small slices of candied ginger at bottom too and carefully pour filling – put back in oven and let go for 35-40 min 375 – until done and knife comes clean-

top with fresh whipped cream spiked with cloves and cinnamon

this  is a tart- more than a pie in my opinion- and it got raves from non-pumpkin pie eaters too- so I am happy to say it went over well


racherae says:

Made this for xmas with new twist- added Cacao into the crust- and made with coconut butter- also made the pie more orange zest, ginger and clove- made cardamom and ginger whipped with chocolate shavings from my cacao paste brick – delicious!

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