Last week my daughter and I got to take a trip to Carroll’s Pumpkin Farm with her preschool. It was an absolute BLAST, and I was SO excited to finally go. You see, this is the 4th year I’ve had a kid in preschool here. The first two years when my son went to preschool, I didn’t get to go because I had the baby at home. Last year, my daughter’s class didn’t go (she was in the 3yr old class, and only the two older classes go). FINALLY this year I got to see where it is they go every single year – and it was VERY fun!
Part of the school trip includes a free pumpkin. The smaller kind. I found out that day the smaller pumpkins are actually called “pie pumpkins” and are specifically for pies. This I never knew! Then again, I never officially learned how to make pumpkin pies.
Now since they gave us pumpkins, it’s only natural to give us some recipes too. One was for roasted pumpkin seeds (slightly different from mine, but obviously the same results), and the other for pumpkin pie.
The recipe calls for fresh pumpkin, of course. I’ve been told it’s always best with fresh pumpkin anyway. So if you are in or around Iowa, be sure to pick up some pumpkins from Carroll’s Pumpkin Farm and take a tour. Here’s the recipe:
Danny’s Farm Fresh Pumpkin Pie
Wash and cut pumpkin in half, crosswise. remove seeds and strings. Place in baking pan face down, shell up, in 1/2″ water. Bake in a 325* F oven for 1 hour or more, until tender. Scrape the pulp from the shell and put in through a ricer or strainer.
3 cups cooked pumpkin (see above)
4 eggs beaten
1 1/4 white sugar
1/2 cut brown sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice (or nutmeg)
1/2 teaspoon cloves
12oz can evaporated milk
2 pastry shells
Mix together, pour into pastry shells and bake in a 400* F oven until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean (approx 45 mins).
Now I didn’t strain the pumpkin, but I did make sure all the slimy strings were out. Another tip I must mention – in order to get all the lumps out you’ll need to use a hand mixer. Ours came out alright, but the consistency would have been better if we would have used a mixture. The recipe itself though is WONDERFUL! I’m not big on pumpkin pie, but this one was AWESOME! The kids loved it too.