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Maple Pumpkin Pie with a Message

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen

Hands-on time 20 mins
Total time 2 hrs
Yield

Serves 12 (serving size: 1 slice)

To use up the leftover pumpkin, try adding some to a breakfast smoothie, or stir into pancake batter. Or combine with a splash of half-and-half, season with sage, and toss with pasta.

Ingredients

  • 1 (15-ounce) package refrigerated pie dough, divided
  • 1 cup evaporated low-fat milk
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 (15-ounce) can plus 1/2 cup unsweetened pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 242
  • fat 9.3 g
  • satfat 3.7 g
  • monofat 2.8 g
  • polyfat 1.1 g
  • protein 5 g
  • carbohydrate 37 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 84 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 212 mg
  • calcium 97 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 450°.

  2. Roll half of pie dough into a 12-inch circle. Fit into a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate. Fold edges under; flute. Line dough with parchment paper; fill with pie weights. Bake at 450° for 10 minutes or until golden. Place on wire rack.

  3. Reduce oven tempe­rature to 350°.

  4. While crust bakes, combine milk and next 9 ingredients (through pumpkin), stirring until well combined. Pour into crust, place in oven, and bake at 350° for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack.

  5. While pie bakes, unroll remaining pie dough; roll into a 12-inch circle. Cut dough into 1/3-inch-thick strips. Gently shape strips into lettering on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper; keep dough chilled until ready to bake. (Discard remaining dough, or reserve for another use.)

  6. Lightly beat together 1 teaspoon water and egg yolk. Lightly brush dough lettering with yolk mixture; sprinkle with granulated sugar, if desired. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack; arrange lettering on top of pie.