Let’s be honest, the Americans have somewhat managed to steal October in the UK. I don’t remember Halloween being such a big deal when I was younger.
In fact as children my sister and I weren’t allowed to trick or treat because my parents saw it as a form of begging. At the same time we were rarely bothered by trick or treaters either. In fact it only happened once, my Mother opened the door to two of the boys that lived opposite us who joyfully screamed ‘trick or treat’ to which she replied ‘sorry we don’t have any sweets’ and shut the door. Not quite the treat the boys were hoping for or the chance for the trick option either.
I’m still not a fan of the whole trick or treat thing but the one thing I am glad about is the influx of pumpkin flavoured treats in October. Who can honestly deny the luxury of a pumpkin spiced latte from Starbucks?
So I made it my mission today to make a pumpkin pie, old USA style!
(Living in London means moving frequently for some reason and during one transition I’ve lost my scales, so I measure everything in a Pyrex measuring jug. Liquid and dry ingredients!)
1x Ready made sweet pastry (I’m a novice don’t you know)
1x Can of pure pumpkin (425g in a can, use fresh pumpkin if you’re carving lanterns so you don’t waste the flesh!)
1/2 Pint of evaporated milk
1 Teaspoon of ground cinnamon (I had to grind mine with a pestle and mortar, it was much finer by the time I’d finished with it then shown in the picture below)
1/4 Teaspoon of ground ginger
1/4 Teaspoon ground cloves (again good old grinding with the pestle and mortar)
6 fl. oz Granulated brown sugar (yes I know it’s not a fluid but it works!)
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
2. In a large bowl mix up all the ingredients (not the pastry).
3. Take pastry out of packet and place on baking tray and fill with the pumpkin mixture.
4. Bake in the oven for 50 minutes. When a fork is inserted into the centre of the pie after baking it should come out clean.
That’s it. Easy peasy!
Let the pie cool down and then slice a nice big triangle for yourself and settle down to a good old piece of ‘TheLondonMama’s Pumpkin Pie. ‘
I do love some of the American influences, but you still can’t take the British out of me. I ate my pumpkin pie with a steaming cuppa while catching up on Geordie Shore and Don’t Tell The Bride. I know I should be ashamed…