Autumn Harvest Pumpkin Pie Recipe




Autumn Harvest Pumpkin Pie Recipe

This is the best holiday pie I've ever tasted. Use canned pumpkin if you don't have fresh pumpkins or to save time.
Ingredients :
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup cake flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening
1 large egg
1/3 cup cold water
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
FILLING:
2-1/2 cups canned pumpkin (about 19 ounces)
1-1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup half-and-half cream
2 large eggs
1/4 cup apple butter
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl, mix first 4 ingredients; cut in butter and shortening until crumbly. Whisk together egg, water and vinegar; gradually add to flour mixture, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed. Divide dough in half so that one portion is slightly larger than the other; shape each into a disk. Wrap in plastic; refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.
Preheat oven to 425°. On a lightly floured surface, roll larger portion to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. deep-dish pie plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 in. beyond edge of pie plate. Refrigerate until ready to fill.
Roll smaller portion of dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter; place some cutouts 1 in. apart on a baking sheet, reserving unbaked cutouts for decorative edge if desired. Bake until golden brown, 8-10 minutes.
Meanwhile, beat together filling ingredients until blended; transfer to crust. flute or decorate edge with unbaked cutouts, brushing off flour before pressing lightly onto edge. Bake on a lower oven rack 10 minutes. Cover edge loosely with foil. Reduce oven setting to 350°. Bake until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean, 45-50 minutes.
Cool on a wire rack; serve or refrigerate within 2 hours. Top with baked pumpkin cutouts before serving.
Note :
This recipe was tested with commercially prepared apple butter.


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