Nothing says the holidays to me like pumpkin pie! How about you? What do you think about when you think of pumpkin pie?
For most people, it would probably be Thanksgiving or at least Fall.
That is definitely what I use to think of!
Here in west Texas, pumpkins are one thing that grows very well in our garden. It is really a good thing because I have learned how easy it is to cook and prepare fresh pumpkins! They definitely store very well if they are kept cool and dry.
But, when I have time, I freeze them. That means, we have pumpkin pies throughout the year. They are no longer reserved for once or twice a year!
One of my favorite things is trying to do tasks more efficiently.
Think of the father in “Cheaper by the Dozen.” If you haven’t read it, the original book is really good!
If you haven’t read it, the father was an efficiency expert. He specialized in saving companies time by implementing more efficient ways of doing things. Even in his family (and they had twelve children!), he timed different ways to button shirts, wash hands, the clean…. the list went on. Do you know if it is more efficient to start at the top or bottom of a shirt when you button it? He did!
To put your mind at ease, I am not that obsessive – I don’t set a timer to see how long something takes. But, I do like to save time. After all, the more time I save in the kitchen, the more time I have to do other things. I’d much rather spend that time with family, not cleaning up after them.
I know that most of you think the same way, looking at your comments and messages. We all want to do things more efficiently, so we can actually enjoy our lives and be better able to live in the present. Efficiency should work to free us up, not trap us into systems that aren’t built for life to happen.
The following Pumpkin Pie recipe appeals to an efficient type-A personality like me because it is all mixed up in the blender, making for very little clean up!
Think about it – no bowls, mixers, beaters…
Seriously, not only is it delicious, the clean up is a breeze!
I am working on my type-A tendencies and having a large family has really helped. But, nevertheless, I still tend to be a bit obsessive about dirty dishes. I wash them as I go so I am not left with a bunch at the end of my cooking. That usually takes care of a lot of them over time. All the same, I’d rather there be fewer altogether.
At the end of my easy pumpkin pie making, there is only a blender, measuring cup/spoon and maybe a spatula to wash! It’s a big relief after all the time I used to spend on dishes when I made conventional pumpkin pie. The pie was delicious, of course. But all that time spent washing dishes mean that it was harder for me to enjoy the pie.
I gotta admit, this is my kind of recipe – a win-win!
And, no one will ever know how easy this recipe is – unless, of course, you tell them! It tastes like and is a traditional pumpkin pie. Just with far fewer steps.
Watch the video to see how easy it is!
I love seeing what others like and why so here are the things you see me use in the video:
- Blender – this is a Ninja blender that I love and use almost daily. It has held up to even my large family usage!
- Spatula – this spatula is amazing because it is shaped like a spoon and can be used for way more than just a regular spatula!
- Polish Pottery – I bought most of my Polish pottery while we lived in Switzerland but when I am looking for something new, I shop on Ebay.
What do you do if you don’t have a blender?
Besides running out right this minute and buying on (or ordering one online) you can use an immersion blender or a regular mixer. Just watch for splatter!
When using a regular mixer and fresh pumpkin, be sure that it is well cooked and mushy. That way, your pie will have the right texture. I know it can sometimes be a little frustrating to work with such uneven pie filling. But I promise, it’s worth it.
If you are looking for a delicious and easy pie crust see the video and a free illustrated printable here – How to Make an Easy Pie Crust.
You can learn how to cook fresh pumpkin with video and free illustrated printable here – How to Cook Pumpkin. Fresh pumpkin isn’t always necessary, but I find it lends a very nice earthiness to the recipe. To each their own!
Here’s the recipe!
I buy all my herbs, spices and real salt from Wilderness Family Naturals because they are organic, natural and excellent quality.
Preheat oven to 425F. Have ready: 9" pie crust. Here is my Homemade Pie Crust recipe.
Combine all ingredients in a blender.
Blend until smooth.
Pour the blended mixture into a pie shell.
Bake 15min. at 425F, then reduce heat to 350F and bake 45min. longer or until a fork inserted comes out clean.
This is melt-in-your mouth good, as is, but try it served with whipped cream - it's heavenly!
What’s your favorite pumpkin pie recipe? When do you like having pie throughout the year? Share your pe cooking secrets in the comments!
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