Autumnal recipes – pumpkin pie with maple cream

Pumpkin pie is one of our favorite things about fall and it’s an absolute classic. So seeing as Halloween is just around the corner and many people will be getting their jack-o’-lanterns ready, we decided to choose a recipe for pumpkin pie this week to give you an idea of how to use your pumpkin once Halloween is over. The pecan and maple cream adds a delicious something extra to this pie so make sure you try it out.

Take a look at the recipe and method below – and enjoy!

Here’s what you’ll need…

550g piece pumpkin, peeled and cut into chunks
500g pack shortcrust pastry
175g light muscovado sugar
2 egg
142ml pot double cream
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp ground ginger
Small grating of nutmeg

For the pecan and maple cream:
142ml tub double cream
5 tbsp maple syrup
25g pecan, finely chopped

Here’s what you’ll need to do…

1. Place the pumpkin pieces in a large microwaveable bowl, cover, then cook on High (850W) for 15 mins or until soft.
2. Tip into a colander to drain, then leave to cool.
3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out pastry so it’s wide enough to line a 25cm tart tin.
4. Ease the pastry into the case, making sure there’s an overhang, then chill for 30 mins.
5. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.
6. Line the case with foil and baking beans, bake for 15-20 mins, then emove foil and beans, cook for a further 10 mins until the pastry is golden. Turn oven down to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3.
7. Meanwhile, place pumpkin, sugar, eggs, cream and spices in a food processor, then blend until smooth.
8. Pour into the baked pastry case, then bake for 1 hr until the filling has puffed up in the centre (it will sink as it cools).
9. Remove from tin, then leave to cool.
10. Whip the cream with the maple syrup until thickened, then fold in the pecans.
10. Serve spoonfuls of the cream with slices of the pie.

Is pumpkin pie one of your favorite things about fall? Do you have a different recipe for pumpkin pie that you use every year? We’d love to know how your pie turns out if you give this recipe a try so let us know by leaving us a comment…