Can you believe Thanksgiving is almost here? Wow, this past year has just flown by so quickly, hasn’t it?
Click below for the best pumpkin pie recipe….ever!
Well, with Thanksgiving being upon us…most of us are in the kitchen preparing all the holiday treats for the big feast tomorrow. I have to admit it’s my favorite holiday of the year! I love the way the house smells so warm and inviting with the spicy, sweet smells of the desserts baking…and of course the savory aroma of the turkey and stuffing. Many different pies and desserts will grace the holiday table, but I think pumpkin pie is probably the most common dessert baked…and expected…on Thanksgiving. Don’t you agree? It’s always been my favorite and the one thing that I look forward to most of all…even more than the turkey! LOL
As you know, pumpkin pie is a Thanksgiving Day tradition and consists of pumpkin-based custard flavored with nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and ginger and frequently topped with whipped cream. I believe many people think of pumpkin pie…and associate it to the Pilgrims and their settling in the New World.
But Did the Pilgrims Make the First Pumpkin Pie?
Here’s a brief history lesson…in case anyone asks you while you’re sitting around the Thanksgiving table tomorrow, you’ll know a little trivia. 😉
It’s said that in 1621, early American settlers of Plymouth Rock (yep, the Pilgrims) might have made the first pumpkin pie…but it actually had a different twist to it. They made these ‘pies‘ by baking stewed pumpkins or by filling a hollowed out pumpkin shell with milk, honey and spices, and then baking it in hot ashes. It appears to be a myth that they baked the traditional pie with crust as we know it today, as ovens to bake pies were not available in the colony at that time.
But I guess it’s safe to say that the Pilgrims probably made the first “crustless” pumpkin pie, even though the traditional pumpkin pie recipe didn’t become a popular addition to the Thanksgiving dinner table, or start to appear in American cookbooks until the early 19th century. So, there you have it! Bet you didn’t learn that bit of trivia in school. Haha!
My mom made the best pumpkin pie…ever!
Okay…I may be a bit prejudice, but I believe she really did!
My mom baked pies at a road side cafe when she was in her early 20′s and was pretty famous for them. To hear her tell the story, people would come from miles around to have a slice. Well, I believe it…they were amazing!!
When it was time to bake a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, mom used only the Libby’s Pumpkin Pie recipe and that tradition is still going strong in our family today. It is by far the best pumpkin pie…and if you haven’t tried it yet…you need to!!
**TIP: BE SURE and use dark brown sugar…not granulated sugar as the recipe calls for. Brown sugar is flavored with molasses which will give your pie more flavor, color and richness. Yum!
Let me know if you try this pumpkin pie recipe…and how you liked it. I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving…treasure your family and friends and the precious time we all have to spend together in this beautiful life.
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