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Spiced Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr
Yield 10 servings (serving size: 1 wedge)
Celebrate the best of fall flavor with this creamy pumpkin pie. This version of the classic Thanksgiving pie is a fluffier, less dense version of the original, so it's perfect for serving at holiday gatherings when you want a crowd-pleaser.

Ingredients

  • All-Purpose Light Piecrust dough
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/4 cups canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup evaporated low-fat milk
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 5 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 ounce shaved bittersweet chocolate

Nutrition Information

  • calories 274
  • fat 13.2 g
  • satfat 5.8 g
  • monofat 3.8 g
  • polyfat 1.6 g
  • protein 5.3 g
  • carbohydrate 34.5 g
  • fiber 1.4 g
  • cholesterol 63 mg
  • iron 1.5 mg
  • sodium 173 mg
  • calcium 82 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.

  2. Remove 2 sheets of plastic from All-Purpose Light Piecrust dough. Fit dough, plastic wrap side up, into a 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray. Remove top sheets of plastic wrap. Fold edges under; flute. Pierce bottom and sides of dough with a fork; freeze 10 minutes. Line bottom of dough with a piece of foil; arrange pie weights or dried beans on foil. Bake at 400° for 25 minutes or until browned. Remove weights and foil. Cool completely on a wire rack.

  3. Combine pumpkin and next 6 ingredients (through egg yolks) in a medium saucepan, stirring with a whisk. Stir in milk; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 4 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Sprinkle gelatin over orange juice in a small microwave-safe bowl; let stand 1 minute. Microwave at HIGH 15 seconds, stirring until gelatin dissolves. Stir gelatin mixture into pumpkin mixture. Cool.

  4. Place 2 egg whites and cream of tartar in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until frothy. Gradually add 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, beating until soft peaks form. Combine remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 3 tablespoons water in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook, without stirring, until candy thermometer registers 250°. Pour hot sugar syrup in a thin stream over egg whites, beating at high speed until stiff peaks form. Gently stir one-fourth of egg white mixture into pumpkin mixture; gently fold in remaining egg white mixture. Pour into cooled crust. Refrigerate 4 hours or until set.

  5. Place cream in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until soft peaks form. Spread evenly over pie; top with chocolate. Cut into wedges.