Monday, 10 September 2007

Autumn Bliss

I am really pleased to be a part of StoryBook Woods 'Autumn Bliss' week. Such a wonderful idea for everyone to share projects, recipes ideas, memories etc. I have been thinking all week what I could add to this fun topic! last year I enjoyed autumn in a way I never had before, I grew pumpkins from seeds and made pumpkin pie. This is what I would like to share with you, the recipe I used and the pictures of my pumpkin growing! Here in England I have never seen a pumpkin pie! or tasted one. I was new to gardening last year and chose pumpkins as my first project!

Here is where it all began, a quest for a jack o lantern to carve...... a packet of seeds, a small 4inch pot and a sun light window sill.........These things grow for fun! I was so excited every morning it was bigger I swear!

As the pumpkin plants grew bigger, I planted one in a huge plant pot! This is at my parents house, I wasn't sure how they would grow in pots but I was going to see!........ I knew nothing about growing them, I read up on the web what I was looking for and how to feed them etc, such an experience to learn something completely new!

They grew so quick, these pumpkins were from three plants, I didn't carve any of them. I read the packet to find they were eating pumpkins........I searched the web for ideas and found the American tradition of the pumpkin pie. I wanted in on this tasty tradition! Only two of them were used to bake the others I used to decorate the house and carve!

Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Ingredients: Crust:

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tbsp. granulated sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

4 tbsp. (1/2 stick/2 oz/56g) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

3 tbsp. cold vegetable shortening, cut into small pieces

3 tbsp. very cold water


1 can (15 oz.) 100% pure pumpkin

2/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1 cup heavy cream

2 large eggs

1 egg yolk

4 tsp. all-purpose flour

3/4 tsp. vanilla extract

3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

Pinch of ground cloves

Pinch of salt


To Make The Crust:
In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, granulated sugar and salt and pulse to blend. Add the butter and shortening and pulse until reduced to 1/2-inch pieces. Add the water a little at a time and pulse until the dough just begins to come together in a rough mass. Transfer the dough to a work surface and shape into a 5-inch disk. Wrap with plastic wrap andrefrigerate until well chilled, at least 2 hours. Position a rack in the center of an oven and preheat to 425°F (220°C).

Use a 9 inch pie pan.Line the crust with aluminum foil and fill with pie weights, uncooked rice or dried beans. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove the weights and foil and continue to bake until the shell is golden, about 5 minutes moreleaving a 1/2-inch overhang; reserve the trimmings, if desired.Transfer the pie dish to a wire rack and let the shell cool completely. Reduce the heat to 325ºF (160°C).

To Make The Filling: In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, cream, eggs, egg yolk, flour, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt and whisk until smooth. Pour into the crust.

Baking The Pie: Bake the pie until the filling is set but the center still jiggles slightly when the pie dish is gently shaken, about 50 minutes, or longer if using a metal pie dish. Transfer the dish to the rack and let the pie cool completely.

I used fresh pumpkin instead of canned. I cut the pumpkin into quaters in the oven, placed face down. Bake in oven at 375 degrees F (190 C) for 1 - 1 1/2 hours, or until pulp is soft. Once cooked I used a food blender to smooth the pumpkin flesh. Then sived to make the puree more firm.

These are the three pumpkins I used, when halloween was over I made the pie. I didnt have the heart to move them, they looked so cute! Thats Jack, one of the jack o lantens I carved........

And finally I thought I would share a poem that I feel sums up fall and the atmosphere a carved pumpkin can bring. Halloween will be here soon and I couldnt be happier.........

Happy fall everyone!

I would like to say thank you to Clarice at storybook woods for giving us this chance to share Autumn Bliss

If you would also like to be a part of the fun visit her at this address:

Enjoy your week

Priscilla xx


Storybook Woods said...

Oh I love that you grew your pumpkin in a pot. I have never thought of doing that. I will we will next year, thank you. Great recipe and love the poem. Thank you for joining in the fun. xoxox Clarice

Junie Moon said...

I came over here via Clarice's Storybook Woods blog to read about your amazing pumpkin project. I love that you grew the pumpkins yourself. What a pleasure it will be to eat your homemade pumpkin pies and know you grew and reaped this harvest bounty. Thank you so much for sharing it all.

Clare said...

Hi there! Thanks for visiting my blog. We are having such lovely weather at the moment that it's hard to believe there will be dark and chilly nights soon!

The pumpkin pie looks delicious,

Clare x

La Tea Dah said...

Your pumpkin pie sounds like it turned out perfectly. Did you enjoy it? And your pumpkin carvings -- beautiful! Happy Autumn! And much thanks to Clarice for creating Autumn Bliss. I'll be posting in honor of it later this week.


JanaBanana said...

Your pumpkin carving turned out GREAT! How did you like the pumpkin pie? I enjoy making them as well :)

Linda said...

Hello There. Thank you for visiting my new little blog and your warm welcome. Please come back and visit often. I'm looking forward to meeting and making new friends too.

You have a beautiful blog and I so enjoyed all your posts.Loved the pumpkin project and your pie looks delish. Linda

Sarah and Jack said...

Lucky you with the pumpkins. I am having a devil of a time growing them in my big yard!

Kelli said...

This is a wonderful Autumn Bliss post, Priscilla! I love how you grew your own pumpkins and then made a yummy pie with them! The poem is wonderful too!
P.s. Thank you for visiting my blog, it's nice to meet you!

ohiofarmgirl said...

That is such a cute idea...but I think that we are at opposite ends. We grew giant pumpkins this year. There is a pic on my blog if you want to see one. (you have to scroll down a little) Blessings, Dianntha

cd&m said...

Pumpkin Pie - yum!

ohiofarmgirl said...

I just had to comment again...I missed that you had never seen or tasted a pumpkin pie...that is so amazing. It is so common here...and of course a tradition at Thanksgiving. I am so pleased that you tryed something new...kind like an adventure...I truly am amazed! Dianntha

Hanan said...

What a brilliant blog post. Thank you so much for sharing... you've made the thought of Autumn arriving fun and exciting... so what's the plan for this year?

P.S. the pie looks and sounds excellent :)

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