She wore bright blue eye shadow and velour track suits. She sprayed so much Aqua Net on her silver-white hair that she more than likely contributed to the hole in the ozone layer. Quick with a joke that would make a priest blush, as frugal as an old Yankee, though hailing from the mid-west, Gram was…loved.
I don’t remember much about her cooking. Many miles kept us from seeing her much. However, I do remember her introducing us to pumpkin chiffon pie despite our initial protests. Sitting at the dinning room table stuffed with my mother’s delicious Thanksgiving feast, we sampled her pie. Bite after bite quickly dissolved in my mouth leaving me wanting more. I’m sure I ate too much. My sweet tooth is usually more than my gut can handle. But, I was hooked.
Pumpkin Chiffon Pie with Graham Cracker Crust
Crust recipe adapted from Yankee Magazine Nov/Dec 2015
Filling recipe barely adapted from, Gourmet Nov 1995
**This pie requires 24 hours of chilling time.**
Ingredients for Crust:
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 packed light-brown sugar
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
pinch of kosher salt
Pre-heat your oven to 350F. Using a food processor grind 16 graham-crackers (full cracker) into crumbs. Add sugar and pulse a few more times. Pour in melted butter and pulse again. Dump the mixture into a 9-inch pie plate and press evenly on the bottom and up the sides.
Bake for about 10 to 15 minutes. Cool and set aside.
Ingredients for Filling:
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
2 tablespoons of rum
1 cup of milk
3/4 cup of packed light brown sugar
4 large egg yolks
1- 15 ounce can of pure pumpkin
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup heavy cream
Optional but delicious- fresh whipped cream
Grab a small bowl and add 2 tablespoons of rum. Sprinkle gelatin over the rum and let stand.
Using a heavy saucepan whisk together milk, brown sugar, yolks, pumpkin, spices and salt. Cook over low heat, whisking constantly until a candy thermometer registers 160F. Remove from heat and immediately add gelatin mixture. Whisk until gelatin is completely dissolved.
Transfer filling to bowl set inside a larger bowl of ice water. Cool and stir for a few minutes. Remove from ice water.
Using a stand mixer with a whisk attachment (or an electric mixer) beat cream until it forms stiff peaks. Whisk one fourth of the whipped cream into the filling. Gently fold in remaining whipped cream until it is completely incorporated. Pour filling into prepared crust and refrigerate uncovered for 1 hour. After an hour, cover with plastic wrap and chill for 24 hours.
Slice and serve with fresh whipped cream. Enjoy!
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