I’ve never really understood why people continue to put vegetables into desserts. Why spoil a cake by putting carrots and raisins in it when there is an abundance of chocolate in the world? I don’t think I’ve ever chosen a dessert that had a vegetable in it, which is why, faced with a soon-to-be-carved pumpkin for Hallowe’en, I thought I’d try something different and make pumpkin pie.
I followed the BBC Good Food recipe and all was well. The sieving of the pumpkin was hard work, and after all the effort I probably had about two tablespoons of orangery gloop, which seemed more effort than it’s worth – I hope that the pie had some pumpkin taste to it.
The taste was quite unexpected. The nutmeg was strong and the texture was mousse-like – not quite firm but nowhere near liquid. I can’t say I’m in love with it, and I always look forward to the pastry. I shall of course be hovering it up – unless my wife gets there first!
In the 40 minutes it takes to bake, I made some pumpkin biscuits to go with them. Round cutters and orange icing that my five year old helped to make and ice. Unfortunately,I hadn’t thought in advance and I couldn’t think of anything suitable to hand to put the cackling features of the pumpkin’s face on. So they are just round biscuits, with orange icing, next to a pumpkin and a pumpkin pie and before you comment we are carving the pumpkin tomorrow – we couldn’t wait to try the pie!).
Did you do anything different this Halloween? I’d love to hear. Tweet me @jelly_wobbler
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