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Easy Pumpkin Pie Recipes for Thanksgiving and Christmas

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Some people don’t like pumpkin pie, but that’s probably because the only type they’ve ever tasted is the kind of pumpkin pie one finds in the deli or freezer section at the local grocery store. In other words, they don’t like pumpkin pie because they’ve never tasted a real pumpkin pie, but these yummy recipes will change their opinion and change it for good. In fact, once they taste these pies, they will become avid pumpkin-pie lovers.

Nutritional Benefits of Eating Pumpkin

When you sink your teeth into a slice of pumpkin pie, you may not realize it, but you are actually eating something that’s good for you. After all, according to Jeanie Lerche Davis in an article for Web MD, pumpkin is loaded with vitamin A and fiber, and also low in calories.” Moreover, as Health and Fitness relates, besides being rich in beta-carotene (vitamin A), pumpkin provides other health benefits:

  • Its seeds are high in copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, protein, zinc and essential fatty acids, which are commonly used in the treatment of kidney, gallbladder and prostate problems.
  • It contains anti-inflammatory agents that help relieve the pain and discomfort of arthritis.
  • It’s good for your skin since it contains not only vitamin A but also C, as well as zinc and alpha-hydroxy-acids that help reduce the signs of aging.

Recipe for Pumpkin Pie with Streusel Topping

Ingredients for pie:

  • 1 prepared piecrust (frozen is fine)
  • 2 cups gingersnaps, crushed
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 can pumpkin (15 ounces)
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 ounces)
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup margarine, melted
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Preparation of pie:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place piecrust in 9-inch pie plate and crimp edges.
  3. Mix together gingersnaps, pecans, powdered sugar, and melted margarine.
  4. Press gingersnap mixture onto sides and bottom of piecrust.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes then allow it to cool completely.
  6. Mix together pumpkin, condensed milk, eggs, sour cream, cinnamon, vanilla, and ground ginger, blending well.
  7. Pour into cooled piecrust.
  8. Place on aluminum-foil lined baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and sprinkle topping over pie.
  10. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until pie is set (If necessary cover lightly with aluminum foil during the final 25 to 30 minutes in order to prevent over-browning of the topping).

Ingredients for streusel topping:

  • 1/2 cup dark-brown sugar, packed firmly
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons margarine, melted
  • 1 and 1/2 cup pecans, chopped

Preparation of topping:

  1. Mix sugar and flour.
  2. Add margarine and pecans.
  3. Blend ingredients well.

Recipe for Maple Cinnamon Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 piecrust (frozen is fine)
  • 1 can pumpkin (15 ounces)
  • 1 cup milk (used skimmed milk for reduced calories)
  • 3 eggs, beaten lightly
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon maple syrup (maple-flavored will work)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small container refrigerated whipped topping

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In large bowl, combine pumpkin, sugar, 1/4 cup syrup, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. Add eggs.
  4. Using a fork, beat mixture until blended.
  5. Add milk gradually, stirring until combined.
  6. Pour mixture into piecrust.
  7. Cover edges of crust with aluminum foil to prevent over-browning.
  8. Bake 30 minutes.
  9. Remove foil and bake an additional 25 to 30 minutes or until pie is set and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
  10. Remove from oven and allow pie to cool before refrigerating.
  11. Mix whipped topping with 1/4 tablespoon maple syrup and refrigerate.Before serving, warm pie slightly in oven or microwave and top with prepared maple topping.
  12. For additional garnish, sprinkle a few chopped nuts and/or chocolate curls over the topping.

If you enjoyed these holiday recipes, you might also enjoy the following:

  • “Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas and Recipes”
  • “Easy and Quick Appetizer Ideas”
  • “German Chocolate Cake Recipe for the Holidays”
  • “Easy Christmas Candy Recipes”

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