Tuesdays with Dorie: Caramel Pumpkin Pie

October 19, 2010 at 9:13 am | Posted in groups, pies & tarts, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 25 Comments

caramel pumpkin pie

It wouldn’t normally occur to me to eat pumpkin pie before Thanksgiving, but when I read that Janell of Mortensen Family Memoirs chose Caramel Pumpkin Pie for TWD this week, it sounded like a pretty tasty idea!  I wouldn’t say that I have a “favorite” pumpkin pie recipe…I think I just haven’t cooked enough turkey day dinners out on my own yet to have found my idea of squashy perfection (although I’ve rarely met a pumpkin pie I didn’t like!).  I am doing dinner here at the house this year, though, so I’m counting this as research.

This twist with this pumpkin pie is that half the sugar is taken to a dark caramel.  Between that and the rum that’s added, you get a darker custard and a very different taste than with regular pumpkin pie.  I know better than to mess with holiday traditions, so maybe that’s not for everyone, but my husband and I just loved it.  Can’t wait to polish it off tonight, chilled, and with a big plop of whipped cream!

For the recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan, or read Mortensen Family Memoirs.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. My hubs is a pumpkin pie fiend, but this recipe was not his cup of tea. On the otherhand, I loved it!

    Have fun planning your first T-giving dinner at the new house!

  2. My caramel broke.

    I tried the filling but didn’t care for it.

  3. your crust looks fantastic – beautiful work!

  4. Your pie is beautiful! So glad you both enjoyed it – I’ve found my go-to pumpkin pie with this one! :)

  5. It was good–your crust is perfect. I’m still working on that. Have a great day.

  6. I’m so glad you liked it. You pie looks great. I wish I could master the art of making a pretty-looking crust like you have!

    Thanks for baking along with me this week!

  7. love that dollop of cream on top!

  8. I LOVE pumpkin pie. It’s not really a common dessert here in Australia but when I was growing up, my parents were friends with an American family and we travelled there and I fell in love with pumpkin pie (and pecan pie but that’s another story).

    And I agree, that crust looks so rustic.

    I will definitely be making this – thanks :)

  9. I’m thinking some might be disappointed if they take this for their once-a-year slice of p. pie at Thanksgiving. But I agree, it was still delish. Yours looks perfect.

  10. What a gorgeous pie! I’m jealous of the way your crust held its shape and the crimping. Mine didn’t fare as well when I prebaked it but it was still tasty!

  11. Your pie looks great! I would eat pumpkin pie on Labor Day if I could! :)

  12. Beautiful pie, and your crust looks perfect! I have not made many pumpkin pie myself either, but I think this one has caramlized it’s way to the top. :~)

  13. way better than regular pumpkin pie, right?! looks beautiful

  14. this looks amazing!! i still haven’t gotten around to making the filling yet. maybe thursday. thursday (just the once) with dorie? ;)

  15. Looks like a great take on an old classic. Not to mention super duper delicious!

  16. Your pie looks beautiful Steph – I love the oh so perfectly ruffled edges. (I would crack the crust if I tried!) So glad that you and your husband enjoyed it – perhaps this could become a new tradition?

  17. This looks beautiful. We really all should eat pumpkin pie more often, I think.

  18. That whipped cream in the center of your pie is just the perfect touch.

  19. One charming pie there.

  20. I can’t wait to try this. I’m not a dessert person, but I love pumpkin pie!

  21. Ooh, your pumpkin pie looks lovely. I especially like the crust and could just nibble on it all day. I wasn’t too thrilled with how mine turned out though. Glad you liked yours.

  22. Glad this was such a hit! :) It definitely had a different taste!

  23. Wow! This looks great. I didn’t get a chance to make this one, but it’s on my schedule for the holidays. – mary

  24. caramel and rum. enough said. your pie looks wonderful. i love the touch of whipped cream

  25. Not usually a pumpkin fan, but I really liked this recipe. Your little one with that cute little hat is so much fun…thinking this is appearing on the Thanksgiving buffet here this year. Nice to have a trial run at it.

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