Thus, I am baking a pumpkin pie on an 80 (nearly. close enough to say 80 for effect) degree day in March.
It's gettin' crazy 'round here.
The first step in breaking the rules is a pecan crust. Using your favorite crust recipe, substitute 1/2 cup ground pecans for 1/2 cup of the flour in the recipe. Also, halve the amount of liquid in the recipe. Easy.
Roll it out just like a regular old crust, and fill with pumpkin pie filling-straight up, no frills here...yet.
The nuts in the crust give it a gorgeous dark brown flecked appearance.
So pretty with the bright pumpkin filling!
You could stop right there if you're not ready to take things to far.
I, however, am going for it. Get ready.
That pumpkin filling is about to get a thrill. And so are you.
More pecans, sugar and spice are combined in a super crunchy pie topping.
(With, naturally, a bit of butter to wrap it all up)
Ta-da! No more boring pumpkin around here. I should enjoy it now, because I'm sure come November,
classic pumpkin will be back in demand. But our day will come, my pretty little pumpkin pie, our day will come.
Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Crunch Pie
single 9" pecan pie crust
2 cups canned pumpkin
1 can evaporated milk
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 t cinnamon
1/8 t salt
-mix all in large bowl, whisking until creamy
-pour into prepared pie crust
-bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes
-decrease temperature to 350 degrees and bake for 45-50 additional minutes,
until toothpick test comes out clean
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 T chocolate chili sugar
1/4 t cinnamon
1/8 t ground cayenne
1/8 t salt
1 T butter, melted
1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate pieces, divided
-mix first five ingredients in small bowl
-pour butter over mixture and stir to combine
-spread in single layer on small baking sheet
-bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes
-let cool completely
-mix with 1/4 cup chopped chocolate
-layer on top of cooled pumpkin pie
-in double boiler, melt remaining 1/4 cup chocolate pieces,
stirring constantly until smooth
-using teaspoon, drizzle over top of pie