This pie is a little lighter and a little zingy-er than traditional pumpkin pie, the flavor is more like a pumpkin butter. It's great with a nut crust (see my separate recipe for an Almond Meal Crust) and some sweetened whipped cream. —Sadassa_Ulna
filling for one 9" pie
Lemon juice, divided
1 or 2
Cloves or a pinch of ground cloves
Dark brown sugar
White sugar, divided
Powdered agar** dissolved in 4 tbsp. water
Fresh ginger juice or ground ginger
Whole or 2% milk
Recipe Almond Meal BAKED* Pie Crust (or favorite 9" pie crust dough)
Separate egg yolks from whites; put whites into a large mixing bowl and yolks into a small bowl.
Add one tablespoon of lemon juice and 1/2 cup sugar to the egg whites; add milk to the yolks. Cover bowl of whites and refrigerate.
In a double boiler set over boiling water, mix all remaining ingredients. Bring to simmer while stirring with a whisk.
Slowly add milk/ yolk mixture to pumpkin mixture while stirring. Continuing stirring until mixture thickens. Remove from heat and allow to cool, stirring occasionally. Remove whole cloves!
Whip whites until stiff peaks form. Fold cooled pumpkin mixture into egg whites until just blended and pour into blind-baked pie crust.
Refrigerate for three hours or overnight. Serve with lightly sweetened whipped cream.
* I will add instructions for blind-baking this crust.
** I use "Telephone" brand agar powder; if using agar flakes a larger amount is necessary, probably 2X or 3X. An equal amount of gelatin can used in place of agar.
Growing up I was the world's pickiest eater, that is, until my children were born. Karma. Neither of my parents were much into cooking; it was the height of eating fat-free or anything with oat bran added. I taught myself some basics, mostly baking, following the guidelines of a well-worn copy of Joy of Cooking. I was a ballet dancer and a teacher suggested I lose weight. As I began reading about diet and nutrition I became interested in natural foods, which led to a job at a macrobiotic natural foods market in Center City Philadelphia; this was way before Whole Foods came to the area. I learned a lot about food in general. I ate strictly vegan for a while, although I don't now, but I still like it when a recipe can taste great without butter or bacon! In short, my approach to cooking is idiosyncratic, and I don't know very much about cooking meat or proper technique. I love to bake and I am still working on expanding my palate and my repertoire. The hardest part is getting the whole family to try new things!
So aside from my food status, I am an architect who likes to garden and play music. I'm married with two kids, and I hope to get a dog someday.