Pumpkin Pie

I never thought I’d eat pumpkin pie because I didn’t think I liked pumpkins. But surprise… this recipe is wonderful, very easy to prepare and you really can’t stop eating it. Fortunately, the pumpkin is very healthy and we must take advantage of the season in which it appears (September-November). For me, the taste of pumpkin has not been known since childhood. My family didn’t cook the pumpkin, or at least I didn’t eat one. But out of this passion for cooking and curiosity to discover as many delicious tastes as possible, I came across this delicious pumpkin pie.

How? Well, a lady at the market convinced us to buy a kilo of grated pumpkin from her. We said we don’t buy it because we don’t know how to cook it. And she told us the recipe below, which has become our favorite recipe for cold autumn days.
What can be more pleasant on a cool autumn day than the sweet smell of pumpkin enveloping the whole house?

preparation time: 20 min | cooking time: 35 min | serves: 3 pies

Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients

1 kg pumpkin – grated on a large-mesh grater
100 ml olive oil
150 g sugar
2 tablespoons of vanilla essence
1 teaspoon cinnamon
400 g phyllo dough (thin sheets)
approx. 80 ml of olive oil for greasing the sheets

To garnish:
powdered sugar to taste




How to choose the best pumpkin?

Here we have two options for choosing the pumpkin, which involve time and money, namely:

  • you can buy from the market, the required amount of pumpkin already grated by the sellers there. The price may be double or even triple, but you save a lot of time and effort.
  • you can buy a pumpkin from the market or supermarket and cut it into pieces, clean it and grate it with a large mesh. You put in more effort and take more time to prepare the delicious pie, but the price is decent.

During the season, I alternate between these two options, as the long option of preparing the pumpkin from scratch also relaxes me. Especially on rainy autumn days, with aromatic tea, I feel comfortable in my kitchen, especially when I know that I am preparing such an aromatic and fragrant dessert. And I also make provisions for the winter: I prepare the composition of the pie and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 3 months, and this is how I enjoy the winter, from time to time, a delicious pie.

But my advice is to try to find already grated pumpkin at the market (I think you can also find packages of frozen pumpkin at the supermarket, which is cut into small cubes – that is also suitable for this pie) because you make this pie very quickly and the time left free to use it to do other activities that relax you and please you.

Cooking method for pumpkin pie composition:

  1. Before grating the pumpkin on a large mesh grater, remove the phyllo dough from the freezer and let it thaw at room temperature until you prepare the fragrant pie mix.
  2. In a large pan, add 100 ml of olive oil, grated pumpkin, and sugar and cook them on low heat until it softens and the pumpkin leaves the water, around 20 minutes.
  3. The water left by the pumpkin is perfect for mixing the flavors that will evenly into the composition. It is time to add vanilla essence and cinnamon to the pan.
  4. Cook the mixture on low heat for another 10 minutes, stirring gently from time to time.
  5. Turn off the heat and let the composition cool for 10 minutes.

You can keep this composition in the freezer for up to 3 months, is only good for preparing the pie very quickly even after the pumpkin season has passed.

You can cook 3 pies from 400g phyllo dough. Don’t worry, there’s never enough pumpkin pie. I used 4 sheets and 6 spoons of pumpkin composition for each pie.

How to make pumpkin pie?

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Line the oven tray with baking paper and spread the first pie sheet over it. Grease it with a little oil, using a silicone brush.
  3. On top of the first sheet, add a second sheet that you need to grease with oil, on top of which you need to add 3 tablespoons of the pumpkin mixture.
  4. Spread the composition over the entire surface of the sheet and repeat the process adding the two sheets and 3 more spoons of composition.
  5. After you spread the composition well, make a roll starting from the width of the tray.
  6. Move the pie to a chopper and repeat the process for the next two pies.
  7. Put the three pies on the oven tray, spread a little oil on top, and put them in the oven for 30-35 minutes at 180 degrees.

After they cooled, dust them with powdered sugar to taste.
And just like that, this pumpkin pie has become my favorite dessert and it’s one of the reasons why I can’t wait for fall to come so that I can smell the sweet and fragrant smell of pumpkin throughout the house and enjoy a delicious dessert with my family.

Trust me…this taste is a gift.

Did you make this delicious Pumpkin Pie? I want to see it! Tag me on Instagram @racopaz and let’s cook healthy together.





Delicious desserts in gorgeous seasons:

Autumn is my favorite season. I don’t know why, but in contradiction with the coloring of the trees and later with the falling of the leaves I think of a new beginning. I think I have this feeling because when I was a kid, school started in the fall. And it was something new. New supplies, new books, and sometimes new colleagues, everything was changing around me.

Now, as an adult, I await the change of seasons to enjoy the wonderful fruits that are offered to us with each new season that appears. In early fall, I look forward to the green walnuts with fresh and delicious grape juice and I love to make pumpkin pie for the first time that year. Let’s not forget the famous quince jam… a treat!

Winter… winters are not now, as they were in childhood. However, winter is the season of celebration, presents, lights, and as many hygge moments as possible. The house smells of cookies, apple and cinnamon pie, and muffins and is full of good cheer.

Spring gives me the same feeling as autumn. A new beginning. At least now I understand better why I feel this way because I see how all the trees delight us with their raw green and the flowers shy away from your appearance. In the spring, I like to cook dishes that do not require baking in the oven, namely: cheesecake with peaches and passion fruit, tiramisu, and biscuit cake.

Hot summer evenings… of course, I always associate them with a Greek dessert, namely the famous portokalopita – orange cake. It’s the perfect dessert for hot summer days when you enjoy it straight from the refrigerator or alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Always enjoy the delights offered by nature!


 

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