Thursday, November 26, 2009

A Year in the Making, Day 86, part II

Today, I made my first (almost) from scratch pumpkin pie. I cheated with a pre-made crust, but made the filling. I started with sugar pumpkins:

Pumpkin Pie in the making

Now, I only made one pie, so the remainder will be finally made into that pumpkin butter I mentioned some weeks ago.

I spent about 20 minutes scooping out the pumpkins and chopping them up into chunks.

Pumpkin Pie in the making

These were simmered on the stovetop till they softened and separated from the rind, then mashed. I used the recipe straight out of the Joy of Cooking, which has been my kitchen bible since my mother gave me a copy when I moved into my first apartment.

The resultant pie, which doesn't look all that, but was quite tasty if I do say so myself:

Pumpkin Pie

And a gratuitous breast shot:

This year's turkey

The bird took about 3 hours less than expected. Something about brining seems to speed up the cooking time. It was a little dry, but still nummy. Frustrating, though, because to have it ready at the time I had told company to come over meant I was up at 6am prepping it for the oven.

And now I believe it's time for a nap.

1 comment:

Silver Canyons said...

looks absolutely delicious!