The essence of Thanksgiving: the pumpkin pie. The spicy aroma filling the kitchen while it's baking, the cinnamon, ginger, and cloves seeming to signal upcoming joy directly to the brain, bypassing the senses altogether. The compact solid texture that somehow yields so satisfyingly on the tongue. I can think of few other foods that better fit the definition of food porn. But, as I found out, it's not always that easy to find such a heavenly creation. My autumnal search for 'græskartærte' led only to bemused bakery workers who unfortunately had no such thing, but how interesting it sounded! And to make one's own is equally challenging. Where does one find a can of pumpkin, apparently a bit of a precious commodity in Denmark. And the pie crust...how do I, an avowedly lazy cook, conjure up such a creation? But last night, it finally happened. The crust was made, the filling sorted out, and the whole thing baked. And the wait? Oh, so worth it!
As I am a very lazy cook, the recipe is almost startlingly easy: just follow the instructions on the back of the box of pie crust mix, and the instructions on the back of the can of pumpkin (substituting vanilla flavored dessert cream for the evaporated milk, which seems to be as hard to find as the pumpkin). Then, eat dinner while the pie is cooling, in the meanwhile both asking and being asked repeatedly 'is it ready yet?' After dinner, place the pie to best effect and take photos. Then eat a slice, with much more whipped cream than is seemly to photograph, and with all the moans, groans, and exclamations which such a dish merits. Afterwards, have another slice, and then perhaps another. If your dinner companion, like mine, has never had pumpkin pie before, consider it an added bonus, and silently praise your selflessness in bringing culture to those who have not.
Pumpkin Pie Q & A:
How should this be eaten? In large quantities, with whipped cream. May also be accompanied by vanilla ice cream.
What drink should be served with this? Coffee, tea (preferably spiced), mulled wine, or a glass of milk. May also be enjoyed without a beverage.
What time of year is best for this? Any, but it's a traditional autumnal dessert.
Is this vegetarian? What about vegan? It's vegetarian. To make vegan, substitute soy milk for dessert cream, and use a vegan-friendly pie crust (as I did here). Serve with soy ice cream.
So does this mean you're turning your blog into Kimananda's Kitchen of Fortune? That's a great idea, but frankly one that involves way too much cooking.