Homemade fresh pumpkin pie is an absolute must at the Thanksgiving table. However, why limit yourself to having this delicious treat only once a year?
Using a fresh pumpkin is a great way to have fun with the kids and make your pie all that much more special.
The easiest method to prepare the pumpkin flesh is to halve the pumpkin, scoop out the seeds and place in a hot oven at around 375°F for up to an hour depending on the size (this is my favorite baking tray set).
The pumpkin is ready when it softens and starts to collapse.
Allow to cool and scoop out the flesh.
Alternatively, you can boil or steam chunks of pumpkin until it is soft, then peel. Be careful not to overcook it, or it will become too watery.
As you will see it is really easy to make a real pumpkin pie from fresh ingredients.
The pie filling can even be served as a mousse by cooking in individual serving bowls, or in mini pumpkin shells for a fancier setting.