Blue Ribbon Pumpkin Pie

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Serves 6-8.
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This recipe won a blue ribbon at the Goshen (Connecticut) Fair—thus the name. The pumpkin pie is nice and firm, not too custardy. It’s a basic pie recipe, but the crust turns out very well. After all, appearance and taste count most at the fair!

Pie Filling

1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
3 large eggs
1-1/2 cups mashed pumpkin, or 1 can (not pre-mixed pie filling)
1 cup light cream or evaporated milk
9-inch pie shell, unbaked (recipe follows)

Mix sugar, flour, salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper, and cloves together. Beat in eggs. Stir in pumpkin and cream.

Pour mixture into pie shell. Bake in a 400°F oven for 50 minutes, or until knife is clean after inserting in center of pie. Cool completely before serving.

Flaky Pie Crust Pastry

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup shortening
2 tablespoons butter, melted
5 tablespoons cold water
1 tablespoon vinegar

Mix flour and salt. Cut in shortening and butter until mixture is like coarse crumbs. Add water and vinegar, mixing with fork. Form into ball and chill.

Roll out to form 2 crusts. Makes enough for a double-crust pie.

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Catherine Boeckmann

Catherine Boeckmann loves nature, stargazing, and gardening so it’s not surprising that she and The Old Farmer’s Almanac found each other. She leads digital content for the Almanac website, and is also a certified master gardener in the state of Indiana. Read More from Catherine Boeckmann

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