Wednesday, November 21, 2012

My Favorite Pumpkin Pie

Here's another Thanksgiving favorite in my house that will probably never change. This pie is awesome. The cream cheese in it gives it a great cheesecake-like texture that everyone will love. 

You need:
1 pie crust (I use the Pillsbury roll out stuff)
1 8oz package of cream cheese (softened)
2 cans of pumpkin
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 egg and 2 egg yolks (slightly beaten)
1 cup of half and half
1/4 cup melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Whipped cream for topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Place pie dough in glass baking dish. Fit a piece of aluminum foil inside the crust and fill with pie weights (or rice). Bake in oven for about 15 minutes until crust starts to dry out. Remove foil and weights.

For the filling, beat cream cheese with a hand mixer. Add the pumpkin and beat until combined.
Add the sugar and salt and beat until combined. Add the eggs, yolks, half and half and melted butter. Last, add the cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla.

Pour filling into prepared crust and bake for 50 minutes or until center is set. Let cool, top with whipped cream and enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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