The World's Best Pumpkin Pie

Posted by: Adam Lapsevich, Contributor on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 8:00:00 am
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I love Fall. And, when Fall turns into the holiday season it's even more fun. As the leaves turn to their brilliant colors and start to fall, there's a crisp coolness in the air that means one thing: THE HOLIDAYS ARE CLOSE!

The most magical time of the year for me are the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Usually there are 4 Saturday nights between the two holidays but every so many years, Thanksgiving falls early giving us an extra Thursday in the month, which means an extra weekend before Christmas. Both this year and in 2018 we have an extra weekend. The last time it happened was in 2012, and before that was 2007. 

Regardless of when Christmas falls, Thanksgiving is always the fourth Thursday of November and the traditions of Turkey and all the trimmings remain. One of the most cherished traditions of Thanksgiving is pumpkin pie, the custardy dessert that started back in the 1600s believe it or not!

 

Fun Pumpkin Pie Facts

  • Pumpkin pie is popular in the United States and Canada, but is rarely served in any other part of the world. It's become a staple dessert after a Thanksgiving meal. 
  • The name pumpkin originated from the Greek word "pepon", was meant "large melon". The French coined it to "pompom" and the English termed it "pumpion" or "pompion".
  • Around 1621 the early American settlers make a version of a pumpkin pie by stewing the insides of the pumpkin and filling it with milk, honey and spices and then baking it in hot ashes.

The World's Best Pumpkin Pie 

As an amateur chef, I'm always searching for new an exciting recipes. Several of my favorite recipes come from Chef John on www.allrecipes.com. I've made his clam chowder, homemade croutons and now his homemade pumpkin pie. According the site, over 1,000 people made it and there are over 360 reviews and it has a solid 5-star rating, the best out there.

Chef John adds a video as well. He adds a few unique ingredients that are very different, such as Chinese 5-spice powder. Believe it or not, I actually had some on had for a Malaysian dish I made not too long ago. I would have never thought of using it in pumpkin pie but WOW! If you're cooking this year or simply bringing dessert, check out Chef John's Pumpkin Pie recipe here.

Now, let's get this party started and get ready for the holiday season to start. November starts tomorrow! 

Happy Fall Everyone! 

 

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