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Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr Photo by: Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

Spiced Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

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.

Cooking Light DECEMBER 2009

  • Yield: 10 servings (serving size: 1 wedge)

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

Preparation

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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 274
  • Fat: 13.2g
  • Saturated fat: 5.8g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.8g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.6g
  • Protein: 5.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 34.5g
  • Fiber: 1.4g
  • Cholesterol: 63mg
  • Iron: 1.5mg
  • Sodium: 173mg
  • Calcium: 82mg
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