Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Pie + Booze = Fun Parties: Butterscotch Pumpkin Pie

We had a faboo family Thanksgiving party last week and I ate to my hearts content (and then some). For those of you wondering, no we did not have tandoori turkey or cranberry curry, it was traditional American T-day fare for us. 

I was in charge of making a pumpkin pie. Instead of doing a boring ole classic version, I boozed it up and made a pumpkin butterscotch pie that I’m pretty sure was a hit. It’s perfect for Christmas or anytime of year you’re craving pumpkin, pie, or booze (basically everyday).


P.S. Look at my pretty table decor made from leaves stolen from our neighbor's yard.



What You Need:

3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup scotch or whiskey (to be honest, I’m not sure what the diff is!)
1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup canned pure pumpkin
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

What to Do:

Mix 1/2 cup brown sugar, butter, and salt in pan and bring to boil, stirring gradually. Boil until deep brown, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add booze, then cream. It will get bubbly and then the caramel will solidify.  Put it back on the stove and whisky gently until most caramel bits dissolve. Strain butterscotch mixture into small bowl. Cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.

Use an electric mixer to mix the remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar and pumpkin puree in large bowl. Whisk in eggs and spices. Add butterscotch mixture and blend it all together.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Fill up pie crust (I used the store-bought stuff) with pumpkin/butterscotch mixture. Bake until just set, about 50 minutes. Cool before serving. Can be served warm or at room temp.

Every pie needs whipped cream (obviously!). I infused booze into mine for T-day. (Word on the street is that I was a bit too heavy handed, sorry guys.)

What You Need:
1 cup chilled whipping cream
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon Scotch

What to Do:
Using a hand beater, beat cream, sugar, and Scotch until peaks form.

Put a spoonful of cream on a slice of pie and serve with a festive smile which will happen naturally after slaving over a liquor-filled stove all day.