Saturday, January 2, 2016

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie - 52 Holiday Cakes and Pies at Home

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It's just not the Holidays without a pumpkin pie.

This recipe is just about my favorite.  The filling is extra creamy.  Not just the easy to use pie filling (Canned stuff works great!), but hints of a Cream Cheese (cheesecake) smoothness.

Once you see the recipe, keep scrolling.  I added my recipe for a NEVER FAIL Scratch made butter rich pie crust.  It really is easy, it really does work every time and you get HUGE bragging rights around the holiday table if you make your own crust.

So, enjoy the holidays, feel free to make this in July and call it a Pumpkin cheesecake (but not quite... More pumpkin pie than pumpkin cheesecake... but close... and I digress).

So, enjoy the holidays and pass the pie!!!

Merry Christmas !

Keep scrolling to see the easy to follow recipe.

 OK... Here's what I did...

Cream Cheese Pie

  • Either a Fresh made par-baked Pie Shell (Keep scrolling down for my NEVER FAIL Butter rich Pie Crust recipe) Or an Unbaked Frozen Pastry Shell (Thawed)
  • 1 Brick (8 OZ) Cream Cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 3 TBS Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Cup Whipping Cream
  • 1 Can (15 OZ) Canned Pumpkin
  • 2 Large Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 2 tsp Pumpkin Spice
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip the Cream Cheese until smooth. Add the Powdered Sugar, Vanilla and Whipping Cream. Start whipping slowly, adding speed every minute until the mix is smooth (no chunks of cream cheese).
  3. Add the Pumpkin, Eggs, Sugar and spice and continue to whisk until completely smooth.
  4. Pour the mix into a par-baked pie shell. Loosely cover the ring edges of the pie shell with aluminum foil (but not the pie filling) to prevent the crust from burning.
  5. Bake for 1 hour
  6. remove aluminum foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for an hour then chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  7. Serve with additional Whipped Cream and ENJOY!
But first, my never fail butter crust recipe...

OK... Here's what I did...

Secrets to a Scratch  

  • 2-1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 Cup (2 Sticks) Unsalted COLD Butter
  • 5-10 TBS COLD (iced) water
  • Non-stick spray (Like Pam)
Cooking Directions
  1. Add the flour, salt and sugar to the bowl of a food processor and process to mix.
  2. Prepare the next items, butter should be cold (prefer from freezer) and water in a cup with a couple of ice cubes to keep it cold, cold, cold.
  3. With the machine running, add butter 1 TBS at a time, count to three and add the next TBS of butter. Continue to process until dough resembles small pebbles like wet sand, only 5-10 seconds.
  4. With the machine still running, add the COLD COLD Water one TBS at a time. In just a few seconds a dough ball will begin to form. Stop the processor now.
  5. Prepare your "Rolling area", a place to form the flat circle of crust. This si simple, just a piece of cling wrap (Saran Wrap) laid out flat on a counter. It is important that the wrap be at least 4 inches wider than the pie plate. use an extra overlapping piece of wrap if needed. Then dump the dough ball and all crumbs from the processor onto the center of the cling wrap.
  6. Press the ball and crumbs together and form a flat ball. Press the ball and begin to flatten out into a circle. Add a top layer of cling wrap on top of the now flattened ball. Use a roller and begin rolling the dough into a flat circle. As the dough is flattened it may begin to separate. Just add some of the edges to cover the breaks and continue to roll out. Roll until the dough circle is 2 inches beyond the edge of the pie plate. Gently but firmly roll until crust is even thickness.
  7. Remove top layer of cling wrap and place pie plate on center of the dough circle.
  8. OK.... Here's the tricky part (first couple of times, once you get used to it, it becomes second nature easy)... lift each corner of the bottom cling wrap up to break the seal on the counter top. Now reach your hand under the cling wrap to the center of the pie plate (that is still resting on the center of the crust). Put your other hand on the top (the bottom) of the plate Lift up and QUICKLY flip everything so the pie plate is now on the bottom, the dough is centered on the plate and beginning to settle. There will be ripples of dough, but everything should be on the plate with some hangover all the way around.
  9. Trim the edges. With your thumbs, push the dough 1/8-inch above the edge of the mold, to make an even, rounded rim of dough around the inside circumference of the mold. You can then press a decorative edge around the rim of the pastry with the dull edge of a knife. Prick the bottom of the pastry with a fork at 1/2-inch intervals to prevent air bubbles from forming as you par-bake the crust.
  10. To par-bake, bake crust in a preheated 400 degree oven for 9-10 minutes, until crust just starts to darken in color. If you are going to bake the finished pie (Fruit pies, quiches, etc. you are ready to move on to the next step. If you are making a cold pie (like banana cream:, bake for an additional 5 minutes.
  11. Fill and bake (or chill) as directed for the pie of your choice! And when done... ENJOY!


This simple recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Cakes and Pies at Home"!

These are the desserts you make for your family.  No fancy amazing wedding cakes, just the rustic beauty of the classics.  From pumpkin pie to cheesecakes to layer cakes, these are what your family craves for dessert.  You may even see a few unusual crusts and frosting ideas to try.

You get the idea. These recipes are simple, delicious and will have your family wanting dessert first...


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