Ohiofarmgirl's Adventures in The Good Land is largely a fish out of water tale about how I eventually found my footing on a small farm in an Amish town. We are a mostly organic, somewhat self sufficient, sustainable farm in Ohio. There's action and adventure and I'll always tell you the truth about farming.

Monday, January 11, 2010

"I farm therefore I eat" or "The World's Best Pie"

I farm, therefore I eat. Oh man... am I so glad that I farm – mostly because the hard work basically lets me eat whatever I want. Including pie for breakfast. Dry bagel with non-fat latte? Heck no – pumpkin walnut pie and coffee with about a cup of cream.

                                             Suck it monkeys – I'm having pie for breakfast!

The World's Best Pie – also known as Pumpkin Walnut Pie.

Preheat oven to 425*


Beg, borrow, steal, or make:
1 Graham cracker crust

Mix well until blended:
1  15 ounce can of pumpkin (NOT pie mix) – which is 1 ¾ cup pumpkin, if you are cooking yourself*
1  14 once can of Eagle condensed milk
1  egg
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
½ teaspoon each of ginger, nutmeg, salt

Mix together:
¼ cup packed brown sugar
2 Tablespoons of flour
¼ teaspoons cinnamon
2 Tablespoons of butter – cut in with pastry knife
Stir in ¾ cup chopped walnuts

Pour filling into pie crust and bake 15 minutes at 425*. Remove from oven and sprinkle topping over pie. Bake another 30 - 40 minutes at 350* or until just set.

Let cool completely.

Note: I use an upside down tart pan (just the side part, not the bottom) to protect the crust from over browning. You can also use foil to cover just the sides of the crust.

* Steps for cooking down pumpkin:
1.go get pumpkin
2.cut off the top/stem and cut in half
3.scoop out the guts and seeds (keep seeds for planting or chickens!)
4.place cut side down on cookie sheet or baking pan, prick skin with a knife
5.bake at 400* -ish or until very tender
6.scoop out flesh and puree
7.let sit in a colander/strainer to allow the juice to drip out


Anonymous said...

"seeds for chickens" ?????
You are missing out!
Get a colander and rinse any goo off the pumpkin seeds, sprinkle the teeniest amount of salt on them while they're still wet, spread them out single layer on a cookie sheet and pop them in the oven for about 10 minutes @ 350
Crunchy, yummy goodness!

Mama Mess said...

I've got to say that "Suck it monkeys, I'm having pie" has to be my newest favorite photo caption EVER!

Ohiofarmgirl said...

Ha ha! I'm just spreadin' the love GW... hee hee hee

Jen said...

yum yum my kind of breakfast!

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