Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Little Dinner Party of Horror 2: Pumpkin Pie Edition

Halloween is a special time for my little blog as this is our first anniversary! Last October I bit off more than I usually feel like chewing with the creation of this blog, so far the result has kinda been worth the effort. On this final night of Halloween, I'm fork deep in pumpkin pie and jamming out to the Pandora Halloween Party station, accompanied by my cats and my second Jack O' Lantern of the season. To my loyal reader(s), I dedicate this recipe! Thanks for loving food-related holiday traditions as much as me. 

Julianne Moore Pumpkin Pie!

Unless you've been buried under the rubble of what used to be your seaside home, you know that a giant storm has practically washed away the east coast. All this New York talk makes me crave the best pumpkin pie I've ever had. After seeing City Bakery on Sex and the City nearly a decade ago, I finally got the chance to try this little Chelsea gem a few autumns back. As I sat stuffing my face with $5 worth of pumpkin pie, I saw Julianne Moore enter, get harassed and promptly exit. Yes, the real Julianne, not just an approximation for the sake of this story. Anysnootch, after sufficiently falling in love with this pie, I looked for the recipe and low-and-behold; the chef published his recipe in the L.A. Times a few years ago. As a lazy person, I simplified some of the ingredients since I had a graham cracker pie crust from last Christmas in my baking cabinet. 

You will need the following: 

1 15oz can pumpkin puree
1/3 c sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
1 c heavy cream
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
1/3 c honey
1 tbsp corn starch
2.5 tsp pie spice 
pinch of salt
1 graham cracker pie crust

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients with a wooden spoon. 

Step 2: Bake 30 minutes or until edges darken. Middle should stay soft. Allow to cool and then chill for several hours. Keep refrigerated. 


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