My sister said it best: A thanksgiving without pumpkin pie is just a Thanksgiving I don’t want to be a part of. There’s just something about that amazing creamy texture and medley of fall flavors that makes us all thankful to be alive and eating pie.
We all know that making pumpkin pie is super easy and that the results will be tastier than anything you’re going to buy at the store. This recipe one-ups the one on the back of the pumpkin puree can by a long shot, and yields an incredible flavor that totally justifies the extra time and effort that the recipe entails.
Makes one, 9 inch pie
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- 3 large eggs AND 2 large yolks
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 15oz can of pumpkin puree
- 1 cup candied yams or canned yams
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp fine ground sea salt
- 1 pie crust
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put the rack to the lowest position and place a baking sheet on the rack.
Mix cream, yolks, eggs, milk, and vanilla together in a bowl and put to the side.
Mix pumpkin puree, yams, sugar, maple syrup, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a saucepan and bring to a simmer, bubbles bursting slightly, which should take about 5-7 minutes. Let the mixture simmer more, stir constantly and mush yams against the sides of the pot so that they become creamier. Let cook for 10-15 minutes, until the mixture is thick and shiny.
Take the pan off the burner and whisk in the cream mixture you had set aside. Strain through a mesh strainer, using a spoon to press the chunks through the strainer. Whisk again, repeat if necessary.
Put crust in a pie plate, place on preheated baking sheet. Pour the pumpkin mixture into the crust and let it bake for about 10 minutes. Leaving the pie in the oven, turn the heat down to 300 degrees and let bake for another 20 to 30 minutes, or until the edges are set. Remove from the oven and set on a cooling rack, and the pie will finish baking with the residual heat. Let sit for at least 2 hours and then cut and serve at room temperature or chilled. Don’t forget the whipped cream!