soooooooooo… My latest blurb was a week ago, when the idea came to make a pumpkin pie. must have been a wind from across the ocean blowing my way, carrying the rich smells of Thanksgiving. indeed, believe it or not, pumpkins are not well appreciated in France. So I decided to explore the unknown territory 🙂
now, if you are as inexperienced as I am as far as pumpkins are concerned, you’ll need to know the depths of it. Let’s start from scratch, shall we?


  • 1 1/4 cups pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup evaporated milk, undiluted/ vanilla ice-cream/milk and yogourt (if you’re desperate)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 9-inch pie crust, unbaked

Cooking Time: 50 minutes


Step 1 – Let’s begin with the real thing

Thou shall wash the pumpkin… just kiddin hehe
Wash the exterior of the pumpkin in cool or warm water. Cut the pumpkin in half.  A serrated knife and a sawing motion works best – a smooth knife is more likely to slip and hurt you! A visitor suggests using a hand saw. 

Step 2 – Scoop out the seeds…

And scrape the insides.  You want to get out that stringy, dangly stuff that coats the inside surface.  I find a heavy ice cream scoop works great for this.


The seeds can be used either to plant pumpkins next year, or roasted to eat this year! Place them in a bowl of water and rub them between your hands. Then, pick out the orange buts (throw that away) and drain off the water. Spread them out on a clean towel or paper towel to dry and they’re ready to save for next year’s planting or roast.





In mixing bowl, combine pumpkin, sugar, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and flour. Add eggs; mix well. Add evaporated milk, water and vanilla; mix well. Pour pumpkin pie mixture into a 9-inch pastry lined pie pan. Preheat oven to 425°. Bake at 425° for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350° and bake pumpkin pie for about 35 minutes longer, until pumpkin pie is set.







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