Pumpkin Pie

25 Jan

1 9″ pie dough
2 cups plain canned pumpkin puree
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp grated nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup heavy cream
2/3 cup milk
4 large eggs

TO PREPARE THE PIE SHELL: Transfer rolled dough to a 9-inch pie plate, easing dough into pan corners by gently lifting the edge of the dough with one hand and gently pressing into the pan bottom with the other. Trim and flute the dough edges. REFRIGERATE the dough-lined pie plate for 40 minutes then FREEZE for 20 minutes.

Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat to 375 degrees. Remove the pie pan from the freezer. Press a doubled 12-inch piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil into the inside of the pie tin, fold the edges over to protect the fluted edge. Distribute two cups of ceramic or metal pie weights (I use pennies) over the foil. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove foil and weights and continue baking for another 5-6 minutes, or until crust is lightly golden.

TO PREPARE THE FILLING:

1. Process pumpkin puree, brown sugar, spices, and salt in a food processor (or use hand mixer) for 1 minute, until combined. Transfer the pumpkin mixture to a 3-quart heavy-bottomed saucepan; bring it to a sputtering simmer over medium-high heat. Cook the pumpkin, stirring constantly, until thick and shiny, about 5 minutes.

2. As soon as the pie shell comes out of the oven, adjust oven rack to the lowest position and increase oven temperature to 400 degrees. Whisk heavy cream and milk into the pumpkin and bring to a bare simmer. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl until combined, then mix in the pumpkin mixture in batches.

3. Immediately pour warm filling into hot pie shell (ladle any excess filling into the pie after it has baked for five minutes – by this time the filling will have settled). Bake pie until filling is puffed, dry-looking, and slightly cracked around the edges. The center will wiggle like gelatin when the pie is gently shaken. About 25 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for at least an hour.

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