“Pumpkin pie,” my grandson Daniel replied. He was ordering Thanksgiving dessert.
“Find that recipe,” Suzen commanded.
We have this recipe, the recipe, for pumpkin pie that is sensational. Haven’t made it for a couple of years. I go to search to find it.
I search. And I search. It’s not on the computer. My forehead is damp. I go through twenty cookbooks. I can’t find it. My forehead is wet.
And, to make it worse, Suzen and I can’t remember why it was so good. I think it was light and fluffy. I seem to remember that it had booze, but maybe not.
Failure. Total failure.
“Let me try,” Suzen said. No beads of sweat on her forehead. In an hour more, she said, “Don’t worry.” She’d googled, compared, and found this very interesting pumpkin pie that is unlike anything we have ever sampled.
What make this recipe distinctive. It uses coconut milk. No, the resulting pie does not have a coconut tinge to it, but it does have an exceptional smooth consistency that makes you think you are eating silk.
This is now our “holiday-special-gotta-have” pumpkin pie. One bite and it will be yours, too.
Jamaican-Spiced Pumpkin Pie
Yield: 1 9” pie, enough for 8 people
- One 15-ounce can pure pumpkin puree
- 1 ¼ cups unsweetened coconut milk [full fat only, stirred or shaken well before using]
- ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon table salt
- ⅛ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 4 large eggs at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons spiced rum [Captain Morgan]
- 1 blind-baked pie shell
Position a rack in the center of the oven, set a heavy-duty rimmed baking sheet on the rack, and heat the oven to 425°F.
In a large bowl, whisk the pumpkin, coconut milk, sugar, ginger, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg until smooth. Whisk in the eggs and then the rum, until the mixture is smooth. Pour the filling into the piecrust.
Put the pie on the heated baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes and then reduce the oven temperature to 350°F. Bake until the center of the pie no longer wobbles when the pan is nudged [a slight jiggle is fine], an additional 45 to 55 minutes.
Transfer to a rack and cool completely before serving. The pie can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days.
Source: Nicole Rees from Fine Cooking
Photo Information: Canon T2i, 18-53MM Macro Lens, F/2.8, 1/100th second, ISO 1000
On the Friday after Thanksgiving, you face a kitchen that may still be a bit upside down. And a refrigerator full of goodies. And a family with surprisingly strong appetites.
Sure, you can warm things up and reply the Thursday feast. But, how about giving that leftover turkey a new life. Here is a Turkey Tart that will have every mouth salivating.
Try this open faced tart, with meat and veggies added on top of a rich puff pastry base. Out of the oven, you’ll that warm turkey smell again now combined with the intoxicating scent of butter-laden puff pastry.
This recipe is an adaptation of a Duck Confit Tart you can find in an exciting new book, Not-So-Humble Pies by Kelly Jaggers. Here we have borrowed her idea and her technique, but swapped out duck confit for roast turkey leftovers. You can extend the changes yourself by adding in a few vegetables, too. For example, some diced carrot or more onion than just the one shallot called for below.
Whichever route you choose, it’s a lively way to make perfect use of that turkey you worked so hard to prepare.
Suzen’s Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey Tart
Yield: serves 8, or maybe a few less!
- 2 cups of leftover turkey meat, plucked free of skin and bones, then cut into bite size pieces
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
- 1 sheet of puff pastry, 12” X 15”
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 shallot minced
- 1 cup slice oyster mushroom, roughly chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Carefully transfer the unbaked puff pastry to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Dock the center with a fork, leaving a l” border around the edges. Bake the pastry for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and puffed. Set aside to cool slightly.
In a medium skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Once the fat ripples and shimmers, add the shallot and cook until tender, about 3 minutes.
Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring frequently, until softened and browned, about 5 minutes.
Add the minced garlic and turkey meat. Cook until the garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute.
Spread the duck mixture over the top of the Blitz Puff Pastry. Return to the oven for 3—5 minutes to warm through. Serve warm.
Source: Inspired by Not-So-Humble Pies by Kelly Jaggers