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Pumpkin Pie and Maple Whipped Cream

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This is the last dessert I made on Thanksgiving. I swear, I won’t bother you any more with Thanksgiving sweets. But this pie is a simple recipe. One I don’t want to lose. If I add it my blog, it will be in a safe place.

And y’all get to try it out next year!

Come on…look at this PIE. You may just get the urge.DSCN3942
Try it out for Christmas. It is delicious!

I had my pie shell ready. I made it the night before. Here is the recipe to that.

Our host requested something simple. No pumpkin mousse. Didn’t want a pumpkin cheesecake: just a pumpkin pie. I could do that.

I started making this pie in 2005. I got it in one of those little Betty Crocker booklets.

I omit the cloves. You could add cloves if you like. If you would like to use a ready-made crust...go right ahead!

Classic Pumpkin Pie
2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (I add more cinnamon)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger (I add more ginger)
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
Heat oven to 425°F.

In medium bowl, beat eggs slightly with wire whisk. Beat in remaining filling ingredients. Place pastry-lined pie plate on oven rack to prevent spilling the filling. Pour filling into pie plate. Cover edge of crust with 2- to 3-inch strip of foil to prevent excessive browning.

Bake 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Bake about 45 minutes longer, removing foil during last 15 minutes of baking, until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 30 minutes. Refrigerate about 4 hours or until chilled. I did not remove the foil. I kept it on through the whole baking time because my crust already had a nice color.

Serve pie topping with whipped cream

Maple Whipped Cream
1 pint of heavy whipping cream (I used organic)
1/4 cup maple syrup (I used organic)
Chill a medium sized metal bowl in the freezer. Remove bowl from the freezer and add the heavy whipping cream to the bowl. Using a hand mixer on high speed, whip the cream until soft peaks begin to form; gradually drizzle in 1/4 cup real maple syrup. Continue to beat the whipped cream until it is thick and velvety. (about 1-2 minutes).

Now on to some photos of Thanksgiving, 2010.
Our host carving his turkey. It was fantastic! My mom’s turkey there in the front. Her turkey and stuffing was incredible. As was her cranberry sauce and brussel sprouts.

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My husband’s cavatelli ai frutti di mare. Delizioso
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As if that wasn’t enough food, he made clams and mussels. Enough for a small Italian army.

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The dessert line-up. This is what I baked: Ina Garten’s Easy Apple and Cranberry Cake,   Crostata alla Nutella, Classic Pumpkin Pie, and the Chocolate Espresso Pecan Pie.
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We feasted all afternoon in beautiful company. Old friends and some new friends. Family. A friend was going through marital problems. Another friend found out they would be soon be having a surgery. We all forgot our troubles that afternoon and we enjoyed each other’s company and delicious food. We were grateful.DSCN4005
And then we danced! The disco ball was ready. The music was irresistible. Sorry for blurry photo…I was giggling a little. Black Eyed Peas had has all moving!
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27 comments

  1. Seems like such a wonderful family gathering Lora. Just nice to see a snippet of your life and making such great memories for the kids!! You are such a great mom and a friend! Shulie

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  2. Ooooo, maple whipped cream! I could eat a bowl bowl of it! It makes everything taste so decedent and festive!

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  3. What a great Thanksgiving! I agree, that's the best pumpkin pie recipe ever...who knew that something that simple could be so wonderful. Every time! Love the dancing!

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  4. Thanksgiving or not, this pie must be made! It sounds so yummy. :)

    And it is so nice to see happy pictures of your family get together...

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  5. Look at that feast!!! You are blessed!!!

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  6. Yummy! Love the maple whipped cream. I must make something with maple soon...I've seen so many tasty recipes with it I've got a craving now. ;)

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  7. First of all I'm jealous of your Thanksgiving! All of it from the food to the disco ball and dancing. Nothing stuffy about it! Good memories! It's a good thing pumpkin pie tends to only be made for Thanksgiving in our house seeing as how I would eat the entire thing on my own. Your pie crust looks incredible!

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  8. This is a lovely pie and the whipped cream balances the flavors. First time at your lovely blog.

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  9. Oh I SO wish I could have been at your Thanksgiving! All of the food looks delicious (especially the desserts!!!!) and it looks like you all had SO much fun. I love the picture of you all dancing!

    Now onto your pumpkin pie. What an absolutely gorgeous pumpkin pie. The maple whipped cream sounds soooo good. I swear I could just eat that plain! :)

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  10. What an amazing spread!

    Maple whipped cream sounds delicious!

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  11. Please keep bothering me with desserts! What a fab looking spread. You have me hungry all over again. I like the maple whip cream.
    -Gina-

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  12. Pumpkin pie is always a good way to end a good meal.

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  13. Look at that spread Lora! Everything looks fantastic and that pie looks delicious.. can you believe we didn't have pumpkin pie this year? its a sad story.. yours makes me sad and happy all at the same time ha. Looks like you had a great Thanksgiving.. here's to a good week! :)

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  14. What a fun family you have! Your holidays must always be a blast!
    Oh and your pie looks perfect!

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  15. Maple Whipped Cream! I love it! And your pie crusts look absolutely divine. Thanks for sharing!

    <3Marea @www.TheFoodieFixx.blogspot.com

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  16. Maple whipped cream sounds heavenly! I'd love some now please. :)

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  17. Looks like a mad house but in a lovely way :)

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  18. What a wonderful time...Your pie is perfect and I don't mind it you show me a 100, they are all amazing :)

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  19. Maple. Whipped. Cream. Yes please!!

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  20. Oh I loved this post! Of course, I enjoyed another delicious pie recipe (your maple whipped cream sounds amazing) but what I really loved was seeing those lovely candid photos of your feast day. It sounds like you had a day of love, laughter and celebration. Thank you for sharing with me!

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  21. Clams and mussels!?!? Heck yes!! I love the blurry picture of everyone dancing--it totally captures the fun of the moment.

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  22. Wise choice to post the recipe! so that you share it with all of us!! Giorgia

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  23. Can I come next year? What a party and what a dessert table! And mussels! Oooh I love it all. I really want to try your maple whipped cream next time I bake a pumpkin pie. And your crust is perfect!!

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  24. It looks like you had a great holiday and so much fun. All of the food looks amazing as does your pumpkin pie.

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  25. You know, there is nothing, and I mean NOTHING that beats a classic pumpkin pie. I wouldn't even choose cheesecake over it at Thanksgiving. It's the bomb.

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