Pumpkin pie







Cook Time

95-100 Min


For the wontons

  • 450g/1lb pumpkin
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 150g/5oz Demerara sugar
  • 75ml/3fl oz cream
  • 1 tablespoon sweet sherry
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger

For the pastry

  • 150g/5oz plain flour
  • 100g/4oz butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoons caster sugar
  • 75ml/3fl oz iced water
  • 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten, to glaze
  • 1 tablespoon milk, to glaze
  • Lightly grease a 23cm/9in round pie dish.
  • Peel the pumpkin and discard the seeds. Chop the flesh into small chunks, and steam or boil for 10 minutes or until the pumpkin is just tender. Drain thoroughly, mash and set aside to cool.
  • To make the pastry, sift the flour into a large bowl, and rub in the butter using your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the caster sugar.
  • Make a well in the centre, add almost all of the iced water and mix with a flat-bladed knife. Add the remaining water, a little at a time, if necessary to bring the dough together. Gather the dough into a ball, and roll out between two sheets of baking parchment until large enough to cover the base and side of the pie dish. Line the dish with the pastry, trim away any excess and crimp the edges. Chill the pastry-lined dish for about 20 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas mark 4.
  • Cut a piece of baking parchment large enough to cover the pie dish. Use to line the pastry shell, then spread baking beans over the paper. Bake blind for 10 minutes, then remove the paper and beans. Return the pie shell to the oven for a further 10 minutes or until lightly golden. Do not turn the oven off.
  • To make the filling, whisk the eggs and Demerara sugar in a large bowl. Add the cooled mashed pumpkin, cream, sherry, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, and stir thoroughly until combined. Pour the filling into the pastry shell, smooth the surface with the back of a spoon, then bake for 40 minutes or until set.
  • Serve the pie warm with ice cream or whipped cream.
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