November 23, 2009

White Dog and Steve made pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving. She is crazy about that pie, as is Steve, and over the past few years have eased me out of the process making it their own. This is the first "real" project on Steve's newly tiled counter (which turned out just grand and makes us feel so modern in our 1930's kitchen). First the crust is made and rolled out...all of the odd shaped scraps saved off to the side on a cookie sheet. Then the pumpkin is mixed and their "secret blend" of spices is added. This is when the kitchen begins smelling heavenly! White Dog and Steve each do a spoon test of the mix to make sure that the seasoning is just right and both peer at the bowl to make sure the custard is the correct color (their recipe yields a rich brown, not orange, mix mostly due to the cloves and allspice added). Final adjustments are made and then the filling is poured over the crust. Once the pies are in the oven (sending the most wonderful smells throughout the house), White Dog and Steve finish the scrapings the bowl using it for their creation, "We Can't Wait Munchers" made up of the crust scraps coated with a smear of the pumpkin custard. White Dog and Steve bake these like cookies so they can be enjoying their work before the pies even come out of the oven.


TwoSpecialWires said...

We can almost taste it all. The stirrings in our imagination are almost as good as the real thing. Maybe better. They last a long time and take us to wonderful places, places where we've personally enjoyed the experience, and places that we've heard about - yummy pumpkin pies in the oven years before.

Jake and Fergi xxoo

The OP Pack said...

Be careful now, don't give away too much of the secret recipe - how nice that you have a baker in the house and an assistant. Mom does it all here. Thanks for stopping by to see us today. We really need to get a post up.

Woos, the OP Pack

Pee Ess, when is the big ceremony?

Teddy Bear said...

Homemade pumpkin pies are the best. We hope that you get to have a good share on Thanksgiving day. The counter looks pawesome!!!

Teddy Bear

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

How khlever!

I khan ALMOST smell 'em from here!


Scottie the 'Cutie' said...

Pumpkin pies sound so yummy! I've never had pumpkin pie before...maybe we could find a simple recipe for Mom to try. heh!