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Bringing Home the Bakin'

bake my cake and eat it, too

I have a confession: I’m secretly relieved that Thanksgiving is over.  Four pies, one tart, whipped cream, and some cookies later, I can FINALLY breathe knowing that my contribution to the meal is finished.  Over the next few days I will post everything I made for the big meal, but to start, I’ll post my take (well, Oprah Magazine’s take) on the Thanksgiving dessert staple, Pumpkin Pie.

Pumpkin Gingersnap Pie – Oprah Magazine
*I didn’t make the cranberry topping

Ingredients:
2 cups gingersnap cookie crumbs (from about 40 cookies)
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
5/8 tsp. salt
5 Tbsp. melted butter
2 cups canned solid-pack pumpkin
2/3 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar , plus more for garnish (optional)
2 Tbsp. honey
1 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
1/3 cup whole milk
3 large eggs
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
1/4 cup orange juice

Preheat oven to 325°; place a rack in center of oven. Combine cookie crumbs, walnuts, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Stir in butter and transfer to a 9-inch deep-dish pie pan. Press crumb mixture firmly and evenly into bottom and sides of pan (put a piece of plastic wrap on top of crumbs to keep crust from sticking to hands). Bake 10 minutes; transfer to a cooling rack.

In a large bowl, gently whisk remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt with rest of ingredients except 1/4 cup sugar, cranberries, and orange juice. The mixture should be smooth and have no bubbles. Place cooled piecrust on a baking sheet; pour in pumpkin filling. Use an offset spatula or the back of a large spoon to smooth the top; transfer to oven. Bake until pumpkin filling is set but still has some wiggle in the center, 60 to 75 minutes. (If edges of pie get too dark toward the end of baking, cover them with aluminum foil.) Cool on a rack.

Meanwhile, set aside a few whole cranberries for garnish (optional). Boil remaining cranberries with 1/4 cup sugar, orange juice, and 1/4 cup water until berries pop, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes. Press berries and cooking liquid through a fine strainer. While sauce is warm (not hot), spread across cooled pie with an offset spatula. Roll reserved berries in sugar (if using) and place on pie. Serve pie at room temperature or cold; it can be refrigerated for up to 1 day.

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