Every year I develop a new pumpkin pie recipe and add it with a pretend drum roll to the Thanksgiving dessert table. I do this even though no one in the Bradley family, except me and our son Joshua, actually likes pumpkin pie.
So you can imagine my surprise a couple of years ago when we were invited to a Thanksgiving potluck and asked to bring ONLY the pumpkin pie. (How could they know that was my favorite part of the meal?) I used the opportunity to create SIX new pumpkin pies that year and of course brought them all to the potluck, each with a little description alongside. Some folks in that appreciative gathering actually ate a tiny slice from each of the six pies. I was delighted.
Not MauiJim though. Not one bite. And that chapped my hide.
So this year, even though at heaven’s door with acute bronchitis and swine flu (3 weeks and still counting), I decided that this might be my last chance to change my darling husband’s mind about my beloved pumpkin pie. I was determined not to leave this world until I got at least one bite of pumpkin pie into his mouth, which might magically end this aversion that has been with him since childhood.
Thus, in my feverish delirium, I hit upon the one element that I could add to the pie that might tempt him to actually taste it: CARAMEL. Which turned out to be PURE GENIUS!
To tell you that this pie is beyond delicious is not to do it justice. But perhaps you will get some inkling of how good it is when I reveal that MauiJim ate an ENTIRE LARGE PIECE. Oh sure, he tried to avoid the pumpkin sour cream custard while zeroing in on the caramel, but in the end that effort proved futile, so he ate the whole darned thing. And then he raved about it and asked how long he had to wait to have another slice.
I am tickled beyond measure. My man ate my pumpkin sour cream pie! At long last! And he wants more!
This is going on my long list of things for which to be grateful this year. Right next to gratitude for all of you who drop by regularly to see what’s up in the OtherWorldly Kitchen.
May this Thanksgiving find you healthy, happy, and with those you hold most dear. Happy Thanksgiving!
Pumpkin Sour Cream Pie with Caramel Walnut Topping
This may very well be my best pumpkin pie creation ever. The creamy pumpkin custard with just a little tang from the sour cream, combined with the chewy, buttery, walnut laden caramel is just plain decadent. This is one Thanksgiving dessert that will not take a back seat to the turkey and all the trimmings.
10½-inch diameter, 4- to 6-cup capacity, partially-baked, flakey pie crust
Pumpkin Sour Cream Filling
3 large eggs
2 cups pumpkin puree (one 15-ounce can)
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup sour cream
½ cup packed dark brown sugar, put through a coarse sieve to remove lumps
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
¼ teaspoon cloves
Caramel Walnut Topping
1 cup sugar
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
½ cup cold water
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup cream
2 teaspoons vanilla
1½ cups chopped walnuts
lightly sweetened whipped cream, optional
- Prepare the pie crust and let cool at room temperature.
- To make the Pumpkin Sour Cream Filling, in a large bowl, add the eggs and whisk until well blended. Add the pumpkin puree, cream, and sour cream, and whisk until smooth.
- Add the brown sugar, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt, and cloves, and whisk to incorporate.
- Pour the pumpkin mixture into a storage container, cover, and refrigerate until ready to bake, up to 2 days ahead. (The flavor is significantly improved if left overnight to mellow in the refrigerator.)
- Just before baking, whisk the pumpkin filling to incorporate the ingredients and then pour into the partially baked pastry shell.
- Bake on the middle rack of a preheated 425º oven for 15 minutes and then lower the temperature to 350º, and continue baking for about 30 minutes, until pumpkin filling puffs at the edges and the center, while not puffed, appears almost set. (About 3-4 inches of the center diameter will look glossy compared to the edges, which will look more matt. The center should still move a little if shaken.)
- Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. Cover and refrigerate.
- To make Caramel Walnut Topping, combine the sugar, water, and cream of tartar in a medium saucepan (preferably deep and rather narrow, rather than shallow and wide) and set over medium-low heat.
- Whisk constantly until the sugar dissolves and the syrup clears. To prevent crystallization, do not rush this first step; use a pastry brush dipped in cold water to wash down the sides of the saucepan.
- When the sugar is fully dissolved, raise the heat, bring the syrup to a boil, and stop stirring. Continue heating without stirring until the syrup turns a medium amber color. (You could go darker, but a medium caramel is best for this pie.)
- Remove from the heat immediately and set in a larger pan of ice water to stop the cooking.
- Back on the stovetop, with no heat, carefully stir in the butter, keeping your distance, as the mixture will rise up and splatter.
- Now, over low heat, slowly add the cream and stir to smooth the caramel.
- Raise the heat, stop stirring, and boil slowly until the caramel reaches a temperature of 228°.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Stir in the walnuts and let cool for 10 minutes.
- Pour the still warm and slightly running caramel over the cold pi and let the caramel cool completely.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- 1f desired, serve with lightly sweetened whipped cream.
More LunaCafe Pumpkin Pies & Cheesecakes
- Pumpkin Sour Cream Pie with Caramel Walnut Topping
- Pumpkin Spice & White Chocolate Cheesecake
- Dreamy, Creamy, No-Bake Pumpkin Butter Cheesecake
Cookin’ with Gas (inspiration from around the web)
- Baking Bites: Perfect Pumpkin Pie
- Baking Bites: Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie
- Brit + Co: The Ultimate Pumpkin Pie
- Delicious as it Looks: Tips for the Perfect Pumpkin Pie
- Dinner & Dessert: Sherry Yard’s Triple Silken Pumpkin Pie
- Madey Edlin: My Imperfect Pumpkin Pie
- Martha Stewart: Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Pie
- Noble Pig: Sweet Potato Pie with Marshmallow Meringue
- Recipe Girl: Double Decker Pumpkin-Caramel Pie
- Sally’s Baking Addiction: Nutella Swirled Pumpkin Pie
- Smitten Kitchen: Silky Smooth Pumpkin Pie
- Spabettie: Maple Cream Pumpkin Pie with Buttery Gingersnap Crust
- Spoon Fork Bacon: Pumpkin Pie with a Chocolate Crust
- The Kitchn: Ginger Pumpkin Pie with Graham Cracker Crust
- What’s for Dinner Mama?: Triple Ginger Pumpkin Pie
- Williams Sonoma: Classic Pumpkin Pie
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