Recipe: Pumpkin Pie

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Pumpkin pie is a traditional American recipe associated with Halloween and Thanksgiving


  • One and a half pounds (675g) pumpkin, peeled and fibrous center removed, cut into cubes
  • 4 oz. (125g) caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • half a teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • 10 oz. (275g0 plain flour
  • two and a half ounces (65g) hard margarine
  • two and a half ounces of lard
  • 3-4 tablespoons water
  • Cooking Instructions:

    1. Place the pumpkin in a colander over a pan of boiling water and steam for about 20 minutes or until tender
    2. Mash to a pulp and cool
    3. Sift the flour and two teaspoons of cinnamon into a bowl
    4. Rub in the fats till mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs
    5. Mix with water to form a firm dough, lightly knead and roll out on a floured board
    6. Line a 10.5 inch x 7.5 inch (26 x 18.5cm) tin with the pastry and reserve the trimmings
    7. Prick the base, line with greaseproof paper and baking beans
    8. Bake at 375F, Gas Mark 5, 190C for 15 minutes
    9. Remove the beans and paper and bake for a further 5 minutes
    10. Whisk the eggs and sugar together with the nutmeg, ginger and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
    11. Fold in the mashed pumpkin and 4 tablespoons of milk and pour into the pastry case
    12. Roll out the pastry trimmings and cut into strips with a pastry wheel
    13. Brush the strips and the pastry edges with the remaining milk
    14. Position strips in a lattice pattern over the pie top
    15. Bake at 375F, Gas Mark 5, 190C for about 40 minutes, or until filling has sat
    16. Cut into wedges and serve warm or cold with whipped cream

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