I made a pumpkin pie on a whim on Saturday. Sunday morning over pancakes no less, I started thinking about what fall thing I could bake. (I gained 5 pounds on vacation; baking should be the last thing on my mind!) However, it’s fall, it’s still in the 90′s outside each day and I want a piece of fall!
Chris suggested I start a tradition. Each year at this time, I do 7 days of baking. (Of course he suggested that!) I doubt it will be 7 days in a row, but we’ll see.
(I was also thinking how I liked Stephanie’s Pumpkin Round-Up, and this is along those lines.)
Day one: Nana’s Pumpkin Pie
It’s actually the pie from the Carnation label from the 50′s. It has more spice than the Libby’s recipe. It’s delicious! It’s been a family tradition until we started buying pumpkin pies at Costco. This year, I vow to make this again instead.
I also used my Nana’s crust recipe: (this is for 2 pies)
2 cups flour
1 cup shortening
1 3/4 tsp salt
Use a fork to cut shortening into flour and salt. Do this well. Then add ice water until the dough will form a ball and leave the sides of the bowl. Roll out on floured pastry cloth with a lightly floured covered rolling pin. Brush edges with milk and sprinkle with sugar. (I forgot to do this!)
This is the ONLY thing I will use shortening for. I avoid it otherwise.
Family traditions and fall through to the holiday season…..love!