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Pumpkin season is here!

October 28, 2017

Autumn is by far my favourite season! I love seeing the colours on the trees changing, the days getting shorter, lighting up candles at night and of course cooking some good comfort food! Pumpkin is my old time favourite as its so versatile.

Here is a super easy pumpkin pie recipe! Pumpkin pie is a sweet dessert pie with a spiced, pumpkin-based custard filling. The pumpkin is a symbol of harvest time, and pumpkin pie is often eaten during the fall and early winter.

750g/ pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into chunks

350g sweet shortcrust pastry

plain flour, for dusting

140g caster sugar

½ tsp salt

½ tsp fresh nutmeg
, grated

1 tsp cinnamon

2 eggs beaten

25g butter, melted

175 milk

1 tbsp icing sugar

Method:

Heat oven to 180C/160C fan

Place the pumpkin in a large pot, cover with water and bring to the boil. Cover with a lid and simmer for 15 mins or until tender. Drain pumpkin and let it cool.

Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface and use it to line a 22cm loose-bottomed tart tin. Chill for 15 mins.

Line the pastry with baking parchment and baking beans, then bake for 15 mins.

Remove the beans and paper, and cook for a further 10 mins until the base is pale golden and biscuity.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly.
Increase oven to 220C/200C fan

Push the cooled pumpkin through a sieve into a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, salt, nutmeg and half the cinnamon.

Mix in the beaten eggs, melted butter and milk, then add to the pumpkin purée and stir to combine.

Pour into the tart shell and cook for 10 mins, then reduce the temperature to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.

Continue to bake for 35-40 mins until the filling has just set.

Leave to cool, then remove the pie from the tin.

Mix the remaining cinnamon with the icing sugar and dust over the pie. Serve chilled.

Enjoy!