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Debbie M. December 13, 2020
I actually have this is James Beard cookbook that features this pumpkin recipe. The recipe does call for six eggs slightly beaten so I don’t think that it’s the fault of food52.com for the mistake if there is a mistake it came from the printers of the cookbook I took a screenshot of it for everybody but I don’t see how I can share that here. Thanks for the heads up I will try this recipe with less eggs.
Ahayson November 21, 2020
Can someone please let me know how many eggs this actually takes! I want to make for Thanksgiving to compare against the generic canned pumpkin ones we have ever year and don't want to mess it up. Thank you!
Jodi P. January 1, 2020
This recipe makes two 9-inch pies. It is a no-fail, favorite pumpkin pie recipe of my family’s. I usually skip the candied ginger. The filling make a custard baked in a glass dish in a water bath.
francesca November 21, 2017
This recipe is for TWO NINE INCH (9) CRUSTS. I have the original, and that is why it is coming out too runny or too much or people are using less eggs. How stupid Food52. Check the originals before posting and wasting people's time.
Madora November 23, 2017
THANK YOU. I’ve made plenty of pumpkin pies in my life and tried these ratios anyways thinking, Food52 and James Beard know what they’re doing.... nope. 1:15 later and with a still runny pie I decided to read the comments!
Alexandra M. November 28, 2015
This turned out very nice even without crust. I made the pie in a larger 10.5 in deep plate without crust. Used three eggs, it came out very light and everyone enjoyed it. My only error was waiting to the last minute to buy pumpkin purée because Whole Foods had just two boxes left of it instead of the denser cans, had some watery spots because of it. I made up for it by making a cognac wipped cream- 1c heavy cream, 2tbsp cognac, 1tbsp sugar, hand whipped in a cool bowl.
judy November 18, 2021
I love pumpkin custard without crust. so many variations of pies can be made without crust. They can be made into parfaits, puddings or other layered desserts. Pie crusts are a death knell for me. I would rather blind bake them crumble them and layer them into a parfait made from whatever filling I want.
Lorel K. November 25, 2015
Are you suggesting we do not use canned pumpkin? My custard was far too thin with almost an hour of cooking time. I used a 15 oz can of pureed pumpkin. 6 Eggs room temperature, however, I did not lightly beat.
There's some dispute about the number of eggs - it seems 2 is the right number for a 9" pie, not 6. I used a 15 oz can of puréed pumpkin too and 2 eggs, lightly beaten, and had to bake it for 45 min and let it set for a while after cooling, but it seems to have come out just fine. Custard was exactly the right consistency when I was pouring it in. I used heavy cream, too.
Lorel K. November 28, 2015
Although my crust was overcooked, the pumpkin pie was delicious. Next time I'll reduce the amount of eggs from 6 to 3 as this appears to have been the problem. The bottom crust was perfect. Substituted fresh nutmeg instead of mace, Brandy instead of cognac and omitted candied ginger. Great recipe, thank you!
Ben I. November 22, 2015
I was suspicious about the number of eggs in this one but followed the recipe because of the Beard reference. There is NO WAY he called for six eggs. My suspicions were affirmed when I had four ramekins of custard left after I filled the pie. The classic 9" pie calls for 2. Six eggs makes this an eggy disaster. The consistency is good, but it tastes like plain egg custard. I'm going to try this again with two eggs.
Alexandra M. November 23, 2015
Do you think the recipe could be doubled but by using four eggs total? I am looking to make a sort of cognac pumpkin brûlée
Ben I. November 24, 2015
AM, I wouldn't want to guess wrong at a point so close to this all-important food holiday so my suggestion is to make a micro batch and see what you think before doubling. Also I would sample the cooked custard before attempting an entire batch of brûlée. Note that when I doubled the recipe as written I had two very full 9" pies and eight very full ramekins. Subtract eight eggs and you should still have a ton of custard.
I tried it today with only two eggs and it came out great, as far as I can tell! Haven't tasted the finished pie (saving it for thanksgiving tomorrow) but the batter tasted fine and it set well, which was the only thing I was worried about. I baked it for 45 min instead of 30-35 because it wasn't setting, and it still wasn't set when I took it out, but it firmed right up while cooling.
Scribbles November 5, 2015
Can hardly wait to try this - and will need to do it twice to take advantage of Antoina's recommendation for the praline topping!
AntoniaJames November 4, 2015
One of our family favorites! We do a "deep South" on this one, though, covering it with pecans which have been tossed in sugar and melted butter, and running it under the broiler to create a bubbly praline topping, right before serving. So happy to see this recipe here! ;o)
Tracy D. October 7, 2016
Hi Antonia - I'm unfamiliar with the Deep South method (being a Canadian!) - do you cover it with Pecans after it's cooked? Partway into baking? I imagine they would sink to the bottom if they're placed before baking?
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