Nov 6

Pumpkin Pie with Cinnamon Crunch and Bourbon-Maple Whipped Cream


For the cinnamon crunch: 1/4 cup flour 1/4 cup quick cooking, rolled oats 1/4 cup light muscavado sugar 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 3 1/2 tbsn. unsalted butter, cold and cut into small cubes For the graham cracker crust: 2 cups graham crackers 8 tbsn. unsalted butter, melted 1/4 tsp. cinnamon 1 egg, whisked (for brushing crust) For the pumpkin filling: 3 large eggs 3 large egg yolks 3/4 cups dark muscavado sugar 2 tbsn. molasses 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree 1 1/4 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. ground ginger 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg 1/4 tsp. ground cloves 1/2 tsp. salt 1 cup heavy cream 1/2 cup whole milk 1/2 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped and reserved (or 2 tsp. vanilla extract) 3 tbsn. unsalted butter, melted For the bourbon-maple whipped cream: 1 1/4 cups heavy cream, cold 1/2 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped and reserved (or 2 tsp. vanilla extract) 2 tbsn. grade B maple syrup 1 - 2 tbsn. bourbon (to your taste) To make the cinnamon crunch, preheat the oven to 350 F. Combine the flour, oats, sugar and cinnamon in a food processor and pulse a few times. Add the butter and pulse until combined. Pour the mixture onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet and pat it into a rectangle, about 4x6 inches. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. Break up into small pieces and store in an airtight container. To make the crust, keep the oven temperature at 350 F. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, butter and cinnamon to a medium bowl and mix until combined. It should feel like wet sand and just come together. Spread the mixture evenly into a 10-inch pie tin and use your fingertips or the flat bottom of a glass to firmly press the mixture over the bottom and up the sides of the dish. Brush with the whisked egg. Put the pan on the middle rack of the oven and bake until the crust is light brown and firm to the touch, about 10 - 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. For the filling, reduce the oven temperature to 300 F. Whisk together the eggs, yolks, sugars and molasses in the bowl of an electric mixer. Add the pumpkin puree, spices, salt, cream, milk and vanilla seeds and continue to whisk to combine. Strain the mixture through a coarse strainer into a bowl (this will make it velvety smooth). Whisk in the butter. Place the pie plate on a baking sheet and pour the strained mixture into the pre-baked shell. Bake until almost set, about 1 hour (the edges will be set and the center will be jiggly slightly when shaken). Transfer to a wire rack and let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate until chilled, if preferred. For the bourbon whipped cream, combine the cream, vanilla seeds, syrup and bourbon in a large chilled bowl and whip until soft peaks form. To serve, cut the pie into slices and serve each slice with a large dollop of whipped cream and some of the cinnamon crunch. Source:

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