Thursday, November 11, 2010

Pumpkin Paradise Pie

What do you give to the love of your life after 32 years of marriage? If you're of the Victoria's Secret variety, you might find some sultry lingerie to fuel the forever fires of your passion. However, if your Secret is more Victorian, which means you might sleep in something more along this line...

... you decide to compromise and remember that his passion for sweets at this age is "almost" equal to his passion for Victoria, regardless of her secrets.

Hubby's card to me made me cry (as always...he's SO good at that)

So I retaliated with this Pumpkin Paradise Pie, which is my way of showing him how deeply I care about his need for sweets. I even made the crust from scratch. Allow me to repeat that just in case you didn't catch it the first time around. I EVEN MADE THE CRUST FROM SCRATCH!!!

Now you all see why I don't work for Hallmark. Guess I'll keep my day job.

This is another fantastic Bakerella recipe from Betty Crocker Fall Baking. The only two things I could find missing from this recipe are peanut butter and the kitchen sink. Rich and full of all your other favorite things: cheesecake, pumpkin, pecans and chocolate, you're going to love this decadent pie.

Pumpkin Paradise Pie (a Bakerella recipe from Betty Crocker Fall Baking)

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup plus 1 TBSP shortening
2-3 TBSP cold water

Cream cheese filling:
1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese, softenened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg

Pumpkin filling:
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 cup sugar
3 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 eggs
1/2 cup evaporated milk

1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup mini-semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 TBSP pure maple syrup


In medium bowl, mix flour and salt. Cut in shortening, using pastry blender (or by pulling 2 table knives through ingredients in opposite directions,) until particles are the size of small peas. Sprinkle with the cold water, one tablespoon at a time, tossing with fork until all flour is moistened and pastry almost leaves side of bowl (1-2 more teaspoons of water may be added if necessary.) Gather pastry into a ball and shape into a flattened round. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 45 minutes.

In small bowl beat cream cheese filling ingredients together with electric mixer. Refrigerate until needed.

In medium bowl beat pumpkin filling ingredients with a wire whisk until well combined.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Roll pastry on lightly floured surface using a floured rolling pin, into a circle that is two inches larger than the bottom of a 9 1/2 inch deep dish pie plate. Transfer pastry to pie plate and gently press again the bottom and sides of plate. Trim overhanging edge of pastry one inch from rim of pie plate. Fold and roll pastry under, even with the plate. Flute.

Spread cream cheese mixture into crust. Gently pour pumpkin filling mixture over cream cheese.

Cover edge of crust with 2-3 inch strips of foil to prevent excessive browning. Bake for 55-65 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

In small bowl, mix topping ingredients. Remove foil strip from pie and sprinkle topping over pie. Return pie to the oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until topping is golden brown. Cool on cooling rack for one hour. Cover, refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.


Jessica @ How Sweet said...

Hahahah oh my, I am cracking up. What's bad is that I can relate after 2 years of marriage. Yikes... poor husband of mine.

This pie looks incredible!

June said...

Happy Anniversary you two. Love the g'nightie Big guy made me throw all mine out BEFORE the wedding 10 years ago. Sure wish I'd kept the plaid flannel one though - it's cold here at night. Great looking pie Mags.

John said...

Happy 32nd to Dave and yoursxelf, Maggie...and here's to many more happy years...

Nanan said...

Happy Anniversary - I know you two are in love if you made the pie dough from scratch!!!!! I am drooling over that pie!

Mary said...

Oh Mag, you have me in stitches!!

Happy Anniversary! Wishing you MANY more wonderful years!

Onto that pie... my goodness! You know I can't NOT make that soon! LOVE all the ingredients!

Mary xo

Julie said...

What a beautiful card! Happy Anniversary!!!

The pie looks delicious.

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Happy anniversary! I think your pie is a lovely anniversary present. I can relate... :)

KimH said...

Love it!! Happy Anniversary to you both! Good ingredients go into that relationship if you still even like each other by this time. ;)

Our menfolk are much similar.. sweet sweet cards & they think you MUST love them if you make them a crust from scratch. Funny!

I think Im gonna have to make that pie (& crust) for my sweetie. He'll love it!

Moogie said...

Girl... that flannel nightgown looks down right sexy compared to my over-sized t-shirts.

Happy Anniversary!

I'm very impressed that you made pie crust from scratch. And the pumpkin filling .... yum.

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

I wish to have a piece of yummy pie!

The Mom Chef said...

I'm afraid that I'm with Moogie in the oversized t-shirts. At least yours is meant for bed.

Honestly, your poem was priceless. You guys are very cute and I hope we're as sweet together when we've been married as so very, very, very, very long as you. :)

Your pie; decadent.

Leslie said...

I think you are both sweet and cute! And that pumpkin pie is as over the top as you can get!

Design Wine and Dine said...

Great post! I have tears in my eyes!

One Question: did you make that crust from scratch because....

Just kidding!

Love it - so happy for you both that you got to eat this beautiful pie! (oh, and the anniversary thing too) :)

Frieda said...

I am so impressed! Happy Anniversary, you two!

Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food said...

Happy anniversary you two! After 40 years of marriage, I still wear a decided skimpy and short nightie. But is it for hubby or because we've lived in sweltering places? Well.... You've certainly named this delicious looking pie well. Heaven indeed!

briarrose said...

What a sweet post. ;) I love it.

The pie looks wonderful.

Cajun Chef Ryan said...

Happy Anniversary! Wow, 32 years huh, that is amazing!
This pie looks like a winner in my book! The cream cheese, pumpkin, and then pecan topping, oh my!

Bon appetit!

marla {family fresh cooking} said...

Your hubs is one lucky man to have you in his life! This pumpkin pie looks like a true winner. happy anniversary to you both!

stephchows said...

I seriously want to give you and your hubs a huge hug!! Happy anniversary!!

Karen said...

Yay! You made pie pastry from scratch! Congratulations on that *and* your anniversary :)

Velva said...

First, Happy Anniversay! You both showed your love... in the card, and the pie(oh my!!) It's beautiful.

Sue said...

Happy Anniversary!!! (Our 30th is this month:)) Love the two cards! Your pie is definitely a celebration pie!

Shelby said...

You are so adorable...and seriously, I think you SHOULD work for Hallmark. ha ha. I think your card was PERFECT! (not to mention the pie looks awesome too!) Happy Anniverary!

Anonymous said...

I have this in the oven now and can't wait! Unfortunately, I made it to take to church tomorrow for the concessions stand. I wonder what they would say if I just paid for my own pie! I am definitely going to have to work something out. :)

I also made your Bufflo Chicken Balls last night and those are definitely winners too!

Your hubby is one lucky guy. Now mine is too. :) Thanks for sharing.


Cookin' Canuck said...

What a beautiful pie (crust and all) and an even lovelier tribute to your husband.

scrambledhenfruit said...

Love it! (Pie, poem, and post!)

Ms. Meanie said...

Holy cow! This looks TOO good. I need to not read your blog before I've had lunch. Stomach is now grumbling away. Wow oh wow. You and your husband are so adorable. And that card is just the sweetest thing I've ever seen. And yes, yes your pie message was sweet too, but I wouldn't start asking Hallmark about job openings. ;) Happy Anniversary and best wishes to you and your husband. I'm sure he loved this pie!

Anonymous said...

Happy anniversary from a 44 year-married flannel nightie wearer! Still good after all these years, eh?

Megan said...

Happy Anniversary!

This is my kind of pumpkin pie! I have a hard time making anything with pumpkin without adding chocolate to it!