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Easy Custard Pumpkin Pie

14 Sep


Continuing on with the pumpkin tread and to make use of the left over pumpkin puree in my freezer I made this deliciously simple pumpkin pie. This pie is easy to make and takes less than 40 minutes to cook and prepare.

What you will need:

3 Tablespoons custard powder
3 Tablespoons Caster Sugar
1 Tablespoon Pumpkin Spice. View my Recipe here.
1 cup pumpkin Puree
2 cups milk
1 egg
Uncooked pastry shell or you can make your own

What to do:

Preheat your oven to moderate and prepare your pie tin if necessary.
In a large saucepan heat your milk on a medium heat.
Gradually sift in the custard powder, sugar and pumpkin spice, whisking whilst doing so.
Cook the mixture until it thickens. Continue to whisk all throughout the cooking process.
Once thickened remove from the heat and beat in the egg and pumpkin puree.
Pour your mixture into the pie shell and bake for around 20 minutes or until the custard sets.
Dust with extra pumpkin spice and serve with a generous blob of cream.

Serves 8

Perfect Pumpkin Spice Mix & Pumpkin Spice Latte

13 Sep


Here in Australia pumpkin spice isn’t really popular or even really heard of, or at least where I live it isn’t. As the season has changed I have been noticing a great deal of pumpkin spice recipes on Pinterest and on the blogs I follow. Everything from pumpkin spice pies to cupcakes has been seen popping up everywhere.  I was intrigued. What is pumpkin spice? What is it made of? How do you use it? After a bit of research I learned that pumpkin spice is basically a combination of ground herbs and spices that is often used alongside pureed pumpkin in baked foods and desserts. Wanting to give this culinary fad a go, I got creative in the kitchen and  after a lot of trial and error created some recipes for my own recipes for Pumpkin spice blend as well as a pumpkin spice latte. Tinned pumpkin puree or pumpkin spice mix isn’t available here in Australia or at the very least I was unable to find it anywhere so I had to make everything from scratch. I plan on using pumpkin puree in some recipes in the near future so to save time I boiled up a few kilos of pumpkin flesh, pureed it and froze it in a ice cube tray for future use to save time. Have fun trying these out and be sure to let me know what you think.
Pumpkin Spice Mix
I played around with the ratios a fair bit and this combination was my favourite. The flavour reminded me a bit of chai tea minus the tea of course.
Combine together;
  • 8 Parts of ground cinnamon
  • 4 Parts ground ginger
  • 1 Part ground nutmeg
  • 1 Part teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 Part teaspoon ground cardamon

Pumpkin Spice Latte

2 cups of freshly brewed coffee
2.5 cups of milk
1/4 cup thickened cream
1/2  cup cooked butternut pumpkin, pureed
3 tablespoons brown sugar
3 Tablespoons Pumpkin Spice (See above recipe)
1 Teaspoon vanilla
Whipped cream for serving

Brew 2 cups of coffee to your liking. Instant or expresso kinds both work fine.
In a saucepan on a medium heat, warm the milk and cream/
All the pumpkin spice, vanilla and sugar.
Once heated whisk in the pumpkin puree.
Pour in the coffee and whisk until light and fluffy while on a low heat.
Alternatively if you are using an expresso machine use the milk frothier  to froth the mixture.
Serve with some whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice.

Serves 4


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