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Thread #165215   Message #4016679
Posted By: Charmion
01-Nov-19 - 05:55 PM
Thread Name: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
I can’t remember when I last made a pumpkin pie, but Himself came home yesterday with three little pie pumpkins instead of one of the great watery ones we normally use to make a jack-o’-lantern. So this morning I steamed them in the electric pressure cooker (a Very Useful Device) and ended up with a little over a kilo of orange mash.

Now, until today I was under the impression that pumpkin pie is a fairly standard item — custard with mashed pumpkin stirred into it baked in pastry. I was so wrong. I made the mistake of Googling for recipes and ended up with at least ten variations, some requiring a pre-baked shell and calling for molasses, bourbon and fresh ginger root, and others forbidding a pre-baked shell and calling for maple syrup, heavy cream and extra egg yolks. Finally, in desperation, I Googled for the recipe that used to be printed on the label of Libby’s canned pumpkin, a staple of Ontario cuisine circa 1965, which called for evaporated milk (how post-war!) and always worked, especially if you doubled the ginger.

And I found it. The Libby trade name now belongs to Nestlé (boo!), and the recipe irritatingly tells you to use branded ingredients, all from the Nestlé stable. So I used what we had in the house — except evaporated milk, which I haven’t bought since about 1968 — and it just came out of the oven both looking and smelling precisely as it should.