Great Tasty Pie for a Fun Occasion where it can be served COLD. I've made this dessert three times and have also encountered slight problems with the thickness of the Pumpkin Filling. I have found great success with the following slight recipe changes: - Increase the 1/3 Cup Flour to 1/2 Cup Flour; - Change 2 Cups Milk to 1 Cup EACH Whole Milk and Heavy Whipping Cream; - Increase 4 Egg Yolks to 5 Egg Yolks This makes the custard base very sturdy - HOWEVER as it begins to thicken whisk like mad to keep it smooth. I also stir in a good pinch each of nutmeg, clove and cinnamon when I add the Pumpkin Puree. Happy Cooking!
Black Bottom Pumpkin Pie
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Total: 10 Hours, 20 Minutes
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup cinnamon graham cracker crumbs
- 1 cup crushed gingersnaps
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
- 2 cups whipping cream, divided
- 2 (1.4-oz.) chocolate-covered toffee candy bars, finely chopped
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 large eggs
- 4 egg yolks
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste*
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- Garnish: semisweet chocolate shavings
- 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through. Cool 10 minutes.
- 2. Stir together graham cracker crumbs, next 2 ingredients, and toasted pecans until blended. Press crumb mixture on bottom, up sides, and onto lip of a lightly greased 10-inch pie plate.
- 3. Bake at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack, and cool completely (about 30 minutes).
- 4. Microwave 1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels and 1/2 cup whipping cream in a small microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 1 minute or until melted, stirring at 30-second intervals. Spoon chocolate mixture over bottom of pie crust; sprinkle candy bars over chocolate mixture. Cover and chill 1 hour or until chocolate mixture is set.
- 5. Meanwhile, whisk together sugar and flour in a heavy 3-qt. saucepan; add eggs, egg yolks, and milk, and whisk until blended. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, 8 to 10 minutes or until a pudding-like thickness. (Mixture will just begin to bubble and will hold soft peaks when whisk is lifted.) Remove from heat, and whisk in pumpkin and vanilla bean paste. Transfer to a bowl. Place heavy-duty plastic wrap directly on warm filling (to prevent a film from forming); chill 30 minutes. Spoon pumpkin mixture over chocolate; cover and chill 8 to 24 hours or until filling is firm.
- 6. Beat remaining 1 1/2 cups cream at high speed with an electric mixer until foamy; gradually add syrup, beating until soft peaks form. Spread or pipe over pie.
- *Vanilla extract may be substituted.
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