This year our Thanksgiving was pretty laid back.
We stayed home, just the four of us.
So even though I enjoy cooking for a crowd, it was nice to not have any of that pressure.
And because of that, I decided to take a few liberties with a couple of recipes.
The kitchen was just a little quieter, definitely less crowded, and a bit more relaxed.
With the kids and Eric busy decorating the Christmas Tree and breaking out the decor for the next holiday to come around, I decided to experiment a bit.
I took my very favorite Pumpkin Pie with Caramel Pecan Topping and switched it up a bit.
At first I was just going to bake it as a tart instead of pie, but at the last minute I decided to add some fresh cranberries to the topping.
That was a smart move!
I increased the cinnamon and a couple other spices and added some cardamom too.
I like this pie (or tart) even better than before, which I didn’t think was possible.
Eric and I both agreed that not only is this version even tastier, but it’s also beautifully festive.
As trite as it may sound, this tart was, in a word, perfection.
It barely lasted a full 24 hours in our home.
And nothing stopped me from eating a slice for breakfast the next day.
Served with a dollop of vanilla cinnamon whipped cream, I don’t know how it could get any better.
It’s simple to make the vanilla cinnamon whipped cream: I just made whipped cream like usual, adding some vanilla extract and a few dashes of cinnamon.
Just because Thanksgiving is over doesn’t mean baking with pumpkin has to be over too!
This is certainly a pie I wouldn’t mind having another slice of before winter is over…and we have a ways before that happens.
What pumpkin recipes will you still be making even though Thanksgiving is over?
Do you have year-round favorites?
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Be sure to check out these 25 Pumpkin Recipes to Try this Fall – So, if like me, you have a pumpkin hoarding problem you now have a very good excuse. I’ve just shared my favorite Pumpkin Recipes for you to try this fall.
For the Pie or Tart:
- 15 oz can pumpkin
- 3 slightly beaten eggs
- 1/3 cup half-and-half or heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon tsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 tsp orange zest
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1/8 tsp cloves
- 1/8 teaspoon cardamom
- 1 single pie or tart crust
For the Cranberry Pecan Topping:
- 4 ounces fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup chopped pecans
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons cold butter
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar, brown sugar, flour, zest, salt, and all of the spices (nutmeg through cardamom). In a separate bowl, combine the pumpkin, eggs, half-and-half or cream, and vanilla.
- Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and lightly beat by hand until well combined. Pour the pumpkin mixture into a pastry-lined tart plate. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, add the brown sugar, flour, and salt, and butter to a small food processor and chop until it resembles a coarse mixture. Stir in the chopped cranberries and pecans.
- Remove tart from the oven and sprinkle the cranberry mixture on top. Return the tart to the oven and bake for 10-20 minutes, or until the tart is set, topping is golden and bubbly, and the crust is golden.
- Cool on a wire rack. Cover and refrigerate within 2 hours.
TIP: It's easier to remove the first slice of pie from the plate if you cut the first piece and then cut the second before removing the first.
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Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 378Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 91mgSodium 311mgCarbohydrates 52gFiber 3gSugar 38gProtein 5g
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