Roast Your Pumpkin Pie Filling Before Baking for a More Decadent Pie

I thought I knew pumpkin pie — I mean, you can’t really beat the classic — and then Ruth Reichl comes along and drops this bombshell on me, and now I feel like I’ve been lying to myself about the gloriousness of my pies for years. I would be disheartened if I weren’t so dang excited to bake more pie this Thanksgiving. Enough teasing — here’s what Ruth Reichl has to say on the subject of pumpkin pie.

Source: Ruth Reichl’s Smart Tip for Better Pumpkin Pie

Would making your own purée make up for this, since you roast the pumpkin to begin with?

I think that would replicate the first of the two methods she tested (roasting plain puree). But the point of the second method (the tastier one) is that you mix in the sugar and spices before roasting.

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Easy Thanksgiving Food Swaps That Cut Calories Without Sacrificing Flavor

It’s tradition to get stuffed on Thanksgiving, but you can still get your fill of traditional flavors without wrecking your diet. MyFitnessPal shows us some simple food substitutions that cut the calories, sugar, and/or fat of traditional Thanksgiving foods.

Source: Easy Thanksgiving Food Swaps That Cut Calories Without Sacrificing Flavor

There are benefits for intentionally failing on your dietTrying to be perfect actually hurts your weight loss efforts.  So enjoy yourself 😉

But know that there’s a decent amount of vitamin K in pecans.  There’s still vitamin K in pumpkin, but it’s far less than pecans.

The Best Pumpkin for Making Pies Isn’t the Sugar Pumpkin

…I don’t hate pumpkin pie. I just hate canned pumpkin pie. Here are the fresh pumpkins that made me finally see what I’d been missing.

Source: The Extra Step That Makes Pumpkin Pie Unforgettable

It’s really not that much more work to make your own, homemade pumpkin puree. Cut the pumpkin in quarters, scrape out the guts, roast for ~1 hour. Peel the skin off the flesh and toss it into the food processor with the rest of the ingredients.