Friday, November 16, 2012

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

This is a very special dessert.  It's been in the H family for quite some time and is a favorite on Thanksgiving day.  It's a light and elegant twist on traditional essential for Fall.  

{What you need}
1 envelope Knox gelatin
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cloves
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup cool water
3 eggs (reserve whites)
1 1/2 cup canned pumpkin

2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 cup crisco
1/2 cold canned milk

For the crust, mix salt and flour.  Add crisco.  Blend with a pastry blender (not too fine).  Add milk (a little at a time).  Press into a 9" pie pan.  Bake at 400 until light and brown, about 8-12 minutes.  Set aside.

For the pie filling, mix the gelatin, brown sugar, salt, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon together in a double boiler.  Stir in milk, water, egg yolks.  Cook over boiling water, stirring constantly, until dissolved and warm.  Remove and chill about 20 minutes in ice in double boiler until the mixture begins to set.  Beat the egg whites until very stiff, adding slowly 1/4 cup sugar.  Fold into gelatin mixture.  Pour into your pie crust and top with whipped cream.  Serve cold!

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