Tuesday, October 19, 2010

TWD - Caramel Pumpkin Pie


Pumpkin pie is one of those dishes that I'd heard about on TV (eg Happy Days) but had never tasted because it just isn't made in Oz. My first experience with making a version of pumpkin pie was Dorie's twofer pie nearly two years ago, and I can't remember much about that except that the crust went very, very wrong.

Our Tuesday with Dorie host this week is Janell of Mortensen Family Memoirs, who has chosen Dorie's Caramel Pumpkin Pie. This is my second pumpkin pie experience, although the comments indicate that this tastes better than normal pumpkin pie - caramel has a tendency to do that.

This recipe once again required me to face up to my nemesis of two years ago, Dorie's Good for Almost Everything Pie Dough. Methinks I have gotten the hang of this - compare my efforts two years ago with today:


Yup, she may have shrunk a little, but she's still a fine looking pie crust, in my view.

This pie also involved making another scary ingredient, Dorie's caramel, made with hot sugar and cream:


I also negotiated this no sweat, although the stuff still terrifies me because of its ability to maim unsuspecting bakers in a single splash.

For the rest, you can guess: pumpkin (canned pumpkin is not sold in Oz, so I used mashed pumpkin that I prepared myself) and spices mixed until smooth, then the caramel is mixed through it and the pie is baked. The end result looks very much like a caramel tart:



I didn't have any whipping cream for the topping, so I used Dairy Whip on top:


No-one at work knew what this was, even though they all liked it.

Thanks to Janell for being our host this week. To check out what everyone else thought of Dorie's Caramel Pumpkin Pie, visit the
TWD blogroll.

35 comments:

Flourchild said...

How funny no one new what kind of pie you made! Im glad it turned out good for you because it looks tasty! I had to pass on this one!

natalia said...

Ciao ! It would be the same here too except I wonderf I it was translated in italian from Happy days sometimes they called things in a very strange way !

Tammy said...

your pie looks amazing! well done

Barbara Bakes said...

Caramel intimidates me too. Your pie looks scrumptious!

Sweet and Savory said...

Your tart does not look like, you don't bake pie shells, often. I think it looks like it is from a pro.

The caramel does the talking.

Peggy said...

That's a great looking pie crust and pie you've got there! Mine did not turn out so well. Oh well, you win some you lose some.

Indie.Tea said...

Caramel took me a while to get the hang of - I agree that it is difficult. But worth the effort - its very versatile and useful and above all, delicious!
The pie looks delectable. Great job!

Pamela said...

That pie crust can be tricky, but it's so good! Nice job, even making the pumpkin yourself!!

Mary said...

So glad you liked it and even happier that you made it with fresh pumpkin! I love pumpkin pie, but mine was a fail because I put too many spices in it.

Natalya (Deliciously Suite) said...

This pie looks amazing! Homemade caramel. . .kudos to you! I've always want to try a Dorie recipe but after reading it I get so intimidated. Maybe one day. . .

marcellina said...

I laughed at the comment of Happy Days! Yes, we all learnt a lot about the American culture through this TV show! The pie looks great! I'm intrigued as to the taste! I'd like to make one but not sure if the rest of the family would like it.

cindy said...

I had fun with this pie crust. I can see a future of pies, tarts etc. So yummy!

Jennifer said...

Making caramel always scares me-I'm hoping mine turns out well tomorrow!

Your pie looks amazing-and I remember the twofer pie-it looked really good, but we weren't wild about the flavor.

Hopefully my post will be up before midnight tomorrow!

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Yeah! I've never tasted/made pumpkin pie because it just isn't Aussie ;)
But I'm glad you and your co-workers enjoyed it...it sure looks lush.

Clivia said...

Maybe you'll start a new trend and everyone will bake with pumpkin.
Glad it was enjoyed!

chocolatechic said...

My caramel broke and it didn't smooth out either.

I'm almost afraid to serve the pie

Valerie said...

Preparing your own mashed pumpkin...a sign of true TWD'er! Your pie looks beautiful, I love that you used a tart pan instead (wish I had thought of that.) :~)

Jules Someone said...

Yours looks lovely! You went through quite a bit to get the finished product. ;-) My caramel was MUCH darker.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Hehe this is perfect for Halloween! :D

Beth said...

I'm glad everyone liked it! It looks delicious.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

that's so funny that no one knew what it was! looks great tho. when we lived in sydney, i was able to find canned pumpkin in the "american section" at DJ's food hall...was like five times the price of it here--yikes! mashing your own is a better option.

Juliana said...

Wow, this pumpkin pie looks SO yummie...and you made everything from scratch...WOW!

Tia said...

congrats on making your own pumpkin and not using canned!

Leslie said...

Look at you, making pie crust and caramel, flawlessly, for the same recipe! Your tart looks amazing, and I think you can forget about your fears over these two.

The Blonde Duck said...

I've never actually been crazy about pumpkin pie b/c it seemed so bland, but this sounds fabulous!

blackbookkitchendiaries said...

what a beautiful pie:) excellent job. thanks for sharing.

Rachel said...

Good for you making pumpkin pie where there is no pumpkin pie! :)

The Mortensens said...

Kudos to you for making the pumpkin filling from scratch. It looks like your pie turned out great. I'm glad the crust and the caramel worked out for you. I always have issues with those two things myself!

Thanks for baking along with me this week!

jillbert said...

It looks like a huge success! It's definitely not unusual to see pumpkin pie (and all things pumpkin) in the US at this time of year.

Johanna GGG said...

I've only made pumpkin pie once - and chocolate pumpkin pie once - I think I could easily say the latter was better - the caramel version also sounds delicious

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

Oh Dorie's recipes are so so gorgeously good!!
i wud want to make the filling from scratch too,if i bake this, gorgeous bakes u have here!!
Am hopping by often, ur bakes have me drooling!

Conor @ Hold the Beef said...

Looking at such things make me sad we don't do pumpkin pie here. It's so good! We certainly have enough pumpkin to make into pie, but maybe we're too fixated on pumpkin scones instead? :) Anyway, great pie, well done on the crust!

Jencrafted said...

Oh wow, your caramel pumpkin pie looks really good. I wasn't too thrilled with how mine turned outWhat a treat it must've been for your Ozzie friends. SAy, what's a typical dessert there for the holidays?

Cakelaw said...

Hi Jencrafted, a typical Aussie dessert for the holidays would be pavlova with lashings of cream and fruit - yum!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

This looks and sounds amazing! I would take a slice....or two :)