Thursday, October 21, 2004

Surprise Pie

This is one I got from Little House on the Prairie. The mother wants to make a pie, but has no apples, so she uses a squash or pumpkin instead.

The results are much better than you would expect, for those of you who have only ever used the canned pumpkin.

1 recipe pie crust
6 cups raw pumpkin (or a winter squash such as blue hubbard) peeled and sliced like you would apples
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup plain flour
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves or allspice
1 egg beaten

Make the bottom crust and set aside.
Put the sliced pumpkin in a large bowl and pour the egg over it, stir to get egg on all the pieces.
Mix together the dry ingredients and stir into the pumpkin.
Pour into the pie crust, make the top crust and cut slits to allow the steam to escape.
Brush the top with milk and sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar.
Bake at 400° degrees for 15 minutes then lower temperature to 350° and continue to bake for another 30 minutes or until crust is nicely browned.

Excellent served warm with ice cream or cold with whipped cream.

Yum factor: 62