With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Caramel Pumpkin Pie

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Caramel Pumpkin Pie

Caramel Pumpkin Pie
Tuesdays with Dorie Recipe.
 This recipe begins by browning sugar over medium-high heat until melted.  I stopped short of cooking as long as the directions suggested.  Heavy cream is then added to the hot syrup and stirred until smooth to make caramel.  I did have a piece that did not melt back and I just lifted it out before proceeding. 
I also passed on the suggestion to partially bake the pie crust.
Dorie suggests topping with fresh whipped cream which is an obvious choice, but sadly, I did not have any whipping cream. I love pumpkin pie and this was a very tasty one with the caramel shining through without reducing the importance of the pumpkin.  I can't say that I like it better than traditional pie and maybe it would be over-the-top if I had topped with the sweetened whipped cream.  It sure did fill the house with the lovely smells of autumn!
Caramel Pumpkin Pie
Dorie Greenspan, Baking: From My Home to Yours

1-9 inch single crust made with Good for Almost Everything Pie Dough partially baked and cooled                  
1 cup sugar                                                                        
3/4 cup heavy cream                                                          
2 T dark rum, cognac or apple cider                                         
2 T unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces                                         
1 cup cunned unsweetened pumpkin puree                                         
1 1/4 t ground cinnamon
3/4 t ground ginger
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
Tiny pinch of ground allspice
 Pinch of salt
 1 1/2 t pure vanilla extract
 2 large eggs
Lightly sweetened whipped cream, for serving

Getting ready:  Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Place the pie plate on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone mat.

Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the sugar evenly over the bottom of a large nonstick skillet.

Place the skillet over medium-high heat and, staying close by, cook until the sugar melts and starts to color. Once you see a little color, gently swirl the skillet so that the sugar colors evenly.  Cook the sugar, without stirring, until it turns deep amber--almost mahogany.  The sugar will bubble up and foam and soon it will start to smoke.  It is very dramatic, and it might make you think you've gone too far, but you want a dark (though not burned black) color; the darker the sugar, the fuller the flavor.

When the bubbles have gone from foamy to big and fat, you will probably have reached the right color.  To check the color, drop a bit of the caramelized sugar on a white plate.

Lower the heat to medium, stand back and pour the cream into the skillet.  The sugar will bubble and hiss and, if the cream was cold, it may even clump.  Just continue to cook, stirring and it will even out.  Add the cider and butter and cook just until the caramel is smooth.  pour the caramel into a heatproof pitcher or bowl and cool it for about 15 minutes.

 Working with a whisk in a large bowl, beat the pumpkin to break it up and smooth it.  Add the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and beat to blend.  Whisk in the spices, salt vanilla and eggs, beating until the mixture is smooth.  Whisk in the caramel.  Rap the bowl against the counter a few times to de-bubble the filling, then pour the filling into the crust.

 Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the filling is puffed and set--tap the pan gently and the filling won't jiggle.  A thin knife inserted into the center of the pie will come out clean.  it will also leave a gash in the filling, but you'll be covering it with whipped cream.

 Transfer the pie to a rack and cool to room temperature, or cool and refrigerate (see Serving).  When you are ready to serve, spread the lightly whipped cream over the top of the pie.  If you'd like a dressier look, whip the cream until it is firm, put it into a piping bag fitted with a star tip and pipe rosettes over the surface of the pie.  Alternatively, you can pipe the cream in a lattice pattern.


Jennifurla said...

I must say I really love the rich color on all these tarts.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Well that looks delicious!!! And I love the rest of your pictures into Philadelphia. And your beautiful present!

Dishesdone said...

Sure is one beautiful pie! I like pumpkin pie and caramel so put them together and I would like a very big slice!

Kathleen Grace said...

This sounds like something I would love to try! Thanks for the recipe:>)

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Ann said...

well it looks delicious. I love pumpkin pie

Sandi said...

That pie looks delicious! I would hop on over for a piece if it were that easy. lol
Happy belated Anniversary too! You two are so cute together!

Julie Harward said...

I just returned home from our weeks vacation and have been reading over your post..congratulations on your anniversary, ours is coming up here real soon too. We love to celebrate like this..short little get a way weekends. Love all the rearranging going on too and this pie..YUM! :D

Linda C said...

Now that looks delish!! Although I'm on a gluten journey right now, I am saving that treat for Thanksgiving dinner- a tiny little won't hurt.
And Happy 35th Anniversary fellow 1975 newlyweds.:) Loved that year!
Looks like you both had a lovely time together- and aren't we blessed with this beautiful fall weather? Seems like most of the country is getting this beautiful sunshiny Fall.

Have a great week!

Mildred said...

The pie looks delicious. When I made pumpkin coffee cake last week, the house smelled so good. We stopped at an ice cream parlor yesterday and had a pumpkin ice cream - it was delicious!

NanaDiana said...

That looks decadent-rich and oh-so-good! I think I would opt to leave the whipped cream off too...just something about beating a pan of poor unsuspecting cream, isn't there?>) Diana

Maggie Ann said...

That picture of the pie is enjoyable all by itself!

Lisa said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! You have a beautiful blog and this is a great looking pie!

Susan said...

Mmmmmmm LGH, I can smell that pie right now. Looks lush! Susan

Lisa said...

You have my fav pie here displayed so beautifully and I m sure its tastes just as delightful.
I did a post like this a few years back . Takes me back to a year I cooked for a crew of ten for havest. Hard work and loving life.
Thanks for stopping by.

Buttercup said...

Love anything pumpkin. Just made a batch of pumpkin/apple soup and am always looking for pumpkin recipes.

Mary said...

Nothing says autumn more than pumpkin pie! Your photos look great~ I bet it smells & tastes even better :-)

Sue said...

What a delicious looking pumpkin pie, I love the idea of caramel sauce. Thank you for sharing, I love pumpkin anyway it is served.
I want to wish you a belated, but Happy Anniversary. I really enjoyed the post on your special day, may you have many many more.
I also read and enjoyed your rearranging post, your home is beautiful!
and hugs,

Kristen said...

That pie has my mouth watering. I haven't gotten around to making a pumpkin pie this year...but you are sorely tempting me!

Miss Jen said...

It's SO nice to visit you.
Wow.... that looks scrumptious!!
Your pictures are wonderful!

Happy Anniversary, dear Mrs.H!

Love~ Miss Jen

Suzy said...

Wow! That looks delish! I just got in from working the 3 to 11 shift and that would go great with a cup of hot tea!

Beth said...

Your pie looks wonderful. I'm a big fan of pumpkin pie and I'm always looking for "the best" recipe. I'll have to try this one out!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your pie is beautiful! I've had such a craving for pumpkin pie:@)


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