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Pumpkin Pie for One Anyone?


No this post is not about a single gal’s lonely Thanksgiving for one…and if I have just insulted you…I am sorry.  Instead, this is one of those brilliant accidents.  Although, it’s not quite as good as the accidental invention of Ivory soap, but it’s a great idea nonetheless.

Let me back track a few steps.  I am not making Thanksgiving dinner, but I am bringing a pumpkin pie, a chocolate pudding pie and the cranberry sauce.  I had gotten my crusts out of the way and was up to my elbows in pumpkin puree, when something went awry.  I put double the amount of cinnamon into the pumpkin filling.  I know, it does not sound like that egregious of an error, but I am always a proud baker, and I don’t believe in serving anything short of taste perfection if I can help it.

I tried to fish out some of the cinnamon, but to no avail.  Before pouring the pie filling into my pie crust, I had a little taste just to check it out.  I wouldn’t recommend this because it has three raw eggs in the batter so please don’t do it, but I took my life in my own hands and stuck a finger in and tasted it.  To my disapproval, it tasted too cinnamon-y.  Was it just my imagination?

The only way to truly test the pie was to bake it, and take a little bite.  But I am afraid a whole pie with a bite taken out is just not the kind of dessert show piece my mother was hoping for on her Thanksgiving table.  I had a few scraps of pie dough left over after I had trimmed it for the pan, and I decided to make one tiny little pie so I could be sure that my pie was not only edible, but lived up to the pumpkin pie deliciousness that I am famous for in our family (or not so famous for…who knows).

I rolled out a little circle of pie dough, just enough to squish into a mini muffin tin and poured a tablespoon of the filling into the pie crust.  It cooked up in only about 20 minutes along side the big mama pumpkin pie.  Look how lovely it turned out!  It would be a nice, pretty little dessert to bring to a cocktail party.  I know I am not the only person on the planet to have come up with a pumpkin pie tartlet, but the idea of a pre-Thanksgiving mini pie for the baker or chef on the night before Thanksgiving…that little gem is all mine.

As I sat at my kitchen table, enjoying my four little bites of pumpkin pie tartlet with a little squirt of whipped cream on top, dusted with a tiny pinch of nutmeg, I thought about what a lovely idea this is.  Us Thanksgiving bakers, cooks or chefs are frequently spread thin on the BIG DAY.  Do you even remember eating what you made on Thanksgiving or are you just exhausted and glad everything is out on the table at the same time?  It’s sort of like the food at your wedding.  You spend all this time selecting the menu and then you don’t even remember eating it.

Only crazy bakers like me own a pie shield and pie weights but no steamer.

But eating this teeny little pie all by myself, enjoying every slow delectable spicy bite—now that I’ll remember.  By the way…it was totally delicious.  Will I add an extra teaspoon of cinnamon next time?  I don’t think so.  I still imagined I tasted a touch too much cinnamon, but it was not enough to throw in the towel and start anew.  I don’t think the guests will complain one iota. The crust, now that was over the top.  I am sorry to tell you, but I am NEVER a humble baker so just get used to it if you plan on following this blog.

The recipe is so ultra gourmet (sarcasm noted)…it is straight off the can of Libby’s, but it’s what I have used for the last twenty  years or so and it has never done me wrong so I highly recommend it.  It’s absolutely the easiest pie you will ever make so go for it, dig in and bake a pumpkin pie  from SCRATCH!  You can do it!  I have it on good authority that Trader Joe’s pie crust is totally divine so if sweating over homemade dough isn’t your thing then go for one of those if you have a Joe’s handy.  Whatever you do, have a spectacular Thanksgiving and enjoy those around you..

Libby’s Plain and Perfect Pumpkin Pie
1 (9 inch) unbaked deep dish pie crust
3/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 t. ground nutmeg
2 eggs
1 (15 ounce) can LIBBY’S 100% Pure Pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 (12 fluid ounce) can Evaporated Milk

For my Pie Crust Recipe, click the link and scroll to the bottom of my Lemon Meringue Pie post.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a small mixing bowl, combine sugar through nutmeg.  In a large bowl beat together eggs and pumpkin puree.  Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin puree.  Slowly add the can of evaporated milk and combine thoroughly.  Pour into an unbaked pie shell and cover the edges with aluminum foil or use a pie edge cover like I did in a photo above.   Bake at  425 for 15 minutes. Then turn the oven down to 350 and bake for an additional 30-40 minutes or until pie filling is firm.  Cool completely before refrigerating.  Top with whipped cream and a pinch of nutmeg.  Happy Thanksgiving!

22 thoughts on “Pumpkin Pie for One Anyone?

  1. As delicious as that looks I’m an apple pie girl – posting tomorrow 🙂

  2. As usual, you are so right, Geni! The chefs, hosts and organizers in the group seldom get to really dig in and partake fully. I’m rather looking forward to our Thanksgiving here with just a pair of R’s sweet grad students joining us. Of course, I wouldn’t be above making your fabulous piecrust and filling it with good stuff either in whole-pie or mini tartlet form and dining on it over a number of days so I can be sure to get full value out of it! 🙂

  3. Hey, I have no issues with using Libby’s pumpkin puree. It makes the process so much easier! I love that you made a mini taste-test pie. I’m sure I would have done the exact same thing. I’m a perfectionist in general, but definitely when it comes to baking. Kind of a problem. I’m sure the pie was fantastic, too much cinnamon or not. 🙂

  4. I like how you think, Geni. Those of us who prepare the holiday meal should find time to sit back and savor the moment. It is, after all, a holiday for every one, not just the guests. And your little bit o’ pumpkin pie is perfect for the “occasion.”

  5. Don’t be talking smack about us single girls… anyway. I love this idea and that you are such a perfectionist and so improvisational too. I would’ve just said OK, it’s cinnamon pumpkin pie! These look fantastic. I thoroughly enjoy my meals exhausted or not! In fact sometimes I start enjoying them too early!

  6. I’m so glad that your “mistake” worked out! I love it when that happens! Although I have to say that unfortunately, my mistakes mostly remain mistakes. :-/
    Oh well, it’s all part of learning!
    Hugs, Geni!!

  7. I love everything mini, so this looks perfect for me! 🙂

  8. I’m in charge of dessert, and I KNOW this will be one of my dishes. And if a couple minis end up being made, all the better for me. 🙂

  9. Yeah!! More pumpkin!!!! Love this season!!!

  10. I love your little mini pie… I think I could make a whole batch of those… freeze them.. take one out every now and then and pop it in my lunch:) I’m glad you took the time to enjoy your hard work!

  11. That looks delicious and what a great way to get a bite of pie before the big day!

  12. Pumpkin pie looks delicious and I love your idea of baking the mini one for yourself to enjoy!
    Have a great weekend.

  13. Perfect with a big dollop of whipped topping. Yum.

  14. Double cinnamon sounds still fine with me. I was worried that you dropped the whole thing into the filling ;-))
    It looks beautiful.

  15. I love this post Geni! Made me smile the entire time I was reading it. 🙂 I love the idea of having a little mini tartlet all to myself before (or after) Thanksgiving!

  16. Love the Libby’s pie! What a great idea for the mini tart taste! Chef’s treat, looks delicious.

  17. Yum! I’d love to have a few of those mini pies. I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving, Geni!

  18. Words of wisdom Geni 🙂 I think only to often the baker/cook is the one who actually enjoys their meal the least. And your mini pumpkin pie is very cute, I can just imagine sitting down to it the day before with a nice cup of tea and savouring every moment. Have a lovely Thanks Giving, i’m sure your pies will be perfect!

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  20. Libby’s IS the classic pumpkin pie recipe! I do agree with you! and I agree, with all the cooking and baking, I rarely eat anything!! I love mini desserts to begin with, so this is a sweet idea! I was so with you reading how you enjoyed your personal pie…every little bite of it!!

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  22. Geni, I did make this for Thanksgiving this year – though it was different than the back of my Libby’s can…hmmm. I just stuck with your recipe because I trust you more. 🙂 Here’s the post with your linkback. http://cookingmisadventures.com/2011/11/28/pumpkin-pie/ Hugs!

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