With spiced pumpkin lattes now in full autumnal swing, and my teapot on constant refill with Bluebird Tea Co's spiced pumpkin pie tea, I thought it was about time I attempted to make pumpkin pie. This happened to line up quite nicely with the Get Baking For A/W14 With Topps Tiles competition AND National Baking Week! As a side note, is it me or does there seem to be a week celebrating every single thing, nowadays?!
I was lucky enough to be one of a select few, handpicked bloggers who were asked to submit a recipe to the Topps Tiles A/W14 National Baking Week Challenge to celebrate Autumn and baking! Two things I can definitely get on board with! It was also far too tempting when I realised the prizes, if won, would be two ticks off my 30 before 30 list (otherwise they were looking unobtainable like the rest of the list)!
Seeing as it is October, and nearly Halloween, I had my heart set on doing something spooktacular/Pumpkin related! Tesco (World food aisle FYI), proved to be my source of inspiration to take the plunge and try my hand in homemade pastry related goods! I mean, I eat enough of the stuff, so it's only fair I give something back to society! I'll be honest, the Libby's pumpkin pack smelt exactly like baby food, which put me off initally but I think i've just about recovered. With no further ado, here is the recipe:
Sophie's Pumpin' Pumpkin pie.
Stuff that you need:
-9oz shortcrust pastry.
-2 eggs slightly beaten (by your ill boyfriend).
-1 can of Libby's solid pumpkin pack (or baby food might do?).
-6oz granulated sugar.
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
-1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
-1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger.
-1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves (or just do what I did and use a Schwartz mulled wine pack!).
-1/2 pint of evaporated milk.
-9inch flan pan (!).
What you need to do:
-Pre heat the oven to 220C.
-Roll out the pastry onto the flan pan.
-Pop in the fridge to chill.
-Bake the case in the oven for about ten minutes. You're meant to put baking beads or dried pulses in it. I googled alternatives and instead just pricked all over with a fork, which seemed to work!
-In the meantime, reduce the oven temperature to 180C and mix the ingredients all together.
-Pour into the chilled pastry case.
-Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.
-Allow to cool.
There you have it! Let me know if you give it a try! In the meantime, i'm off to drink some pumpkin pie tea and eat some pumpkin pie! I'll leave you with this amazing photo of my daughter as a pumpkin (that's reason alone for me to win, surely?!).