Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Andy Williams & Pumpkin Pie

Andy Williams Christmas CD is one of my favourite choices 
for Christmas music and some holiday cheer.

I also have the 'Andy Williams Christmas Specials' DVD.
It contains highlights and Andy's personal favourite numbers 
from the Christmas Specials he did during the 60's and early 70's. 

 Here is a short clip of one of one of the numbers from the DVD...

(Please note the guy in the front of the Sleigh with Andy wearing the horn rimmed glasses. Surely he would've been better off tucked away at the back of the sleigh in that scene? He doesn't even know the words!)

There is a line in the bridge of this song 'Sleigh Ride' 
from the clip above, that brings us to the Pumpkin Pie section of this post.

 The line is...

'There's a happy feeling nothing in the world can buy,
When they pass around the coffee and the pumpkin pie...'

Pumpkin Pie is not a dessert most Australians are familiar with,
or have indeed ever tried, so I was intrigued and inspired 
by the song lyric to have a bash and make one.

Several years ago, mum and I both sourced our own recipes online.
I'm sure there are hundreds of variations, but this is my recipe.
And it makes two tasty pies...
Pumpkin Pie

1 1/4 cup Pumpkin Puree (I use Kent Pumpkins)
1 cup brown sugar (firmly packed)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 eggs
1 cup Evaporated Milk
2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 Pampas Sweet Flan cases
(from the frozen pastry section at supermarket.
Hey man, I never said I was Martha Stewart...)

Cut and cook Pumpkin. Puree or Mash. Cool.
Combine Pumpkin, sugar, salt and spice.
Then add eggs. Mix well.
Add Evaporated milk, water, vanilla. Mix well.

Brush pastry case edges with milk to stop them from burning.
Pour mixture into pastry shells. 

Bake at 200 degrees for 15 mins.
Reduce to 180 degrees for 35 mins.

Beautiful served with thickened or whipped cream : )


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