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This past weekend was such a welcome respite from the intense cold we have experienced for much of the winter, that we couldn’t wait to get outside. We traveled the short distance to Lake Fort Smith, and enjoyed the beauty of the outdoors.
To distract the kids from the fact that we were hiking, we started a game where we would walk for a while, through all kinds of “hardships”, then “set up camp” – a pile of dried grass for a bed and a ring of stones for the fire. We imagined we were cooking all kinds of fabulous meals, and talked about them as if they were real – even on the way home we were still discussing which of our “foods” and “meals” were our favorites.
My youngest son declared he wanted real pumpkin pie, so once we were home, I made this Maple Pumpkin Pie for dessert and all fantasy aside, it was delicious. I made the Brown Sugar Pumpkin Pie over Thanksgiving, and it was every bit as yummy.


Heat oven to 350F.
Whisk 1 1/2 cups of canned pumpkin and 2 eggs to blend well in a medium bowl. Add 1 cup whole milk, 1/2 cup pure maple syrup, 1 tablespoon flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ginger, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt, whisk to blend well. Pour the filling into a 9 inch baked pie crust. Bake pie until the center is just set, 55 to 60 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, let cool, served with sweetened whipped cream.

Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit, November 2012


1 pie crust (I used a pre-made graham cracker crust)
1 (15 ounce) can of pumpkin puree
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup cream
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 375F.
Combine the pumpkin puree with the remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl, and stir until well blended. Pour into the prepared pastry and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the crust is nicely browned and the custard set. Let cool before serving.

Recipe adapted from AY Magazine, November 2012