My mom was talking to an old friend the other day about my blog and he mentioned a pie kinda like this one to her. He said he and his grandmother used to make it together completely from scratch. Their pie had a crust, though. He helped make the crust. I thought about how wonderful it would be, though, to have a pumpkin pie, but not have to fuss with the time or effort of a crust. This pie is also a little bit better for you since it's missing all that butter from the crust. The filling is a lot like a traditional pumpkin pie, but about a hundred times lighter and airier. It's like pumpkin mousse and pumpkin pie had a baby.
|my favorite pie/tart dish|
There is another pie I make called a Miracle Pie, which is like a coconut pie, and it magically makes its own crust. This pie does the same thing, as you end up with a layer on the bottom that is remarkably crust-like. It makes serving it up really nifty and cuts the hands on time for this pie down to about 15 minutes. It's magical.
Magic Pumpkin Custard Pie
Makes a 9" pie or tart
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|the mixture before the milk and egg whites were added|
4 tsp all purpose flour
2 eggs, separated
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 c milk
Preheat the oven to 400°.
In a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin, flour, egg yolks, salt, sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and milk. Beat well until thoroughly combined. Be careful -- the mixture will be pretty liquidy, so it can slosh out of the bowl. In a separate large bowl, beat the egg whites just until stiff peaks form (this means that when you lift the beater(s) out of the egg whites, they will stand at a peak without drooping). Fold the egg whites into the pumpkin mixture.
Pour the mixture into a lightly greased 9" pie plate or tart pan (without a removable bottom). Bake for 10 minutes; lower the oven temperature to 350° and bake for an additional 30-40 minutes, or until a knife stuck in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
Serve with sweetened whipped cream and sprinkled with a little extra cinnamon.