Monday, December 7, 2015

Festive Pumpkin Pie - Baking with Mona Craft Klatch

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Here is the pumpkin pie I make every year!  It's close to the original, but I have made some minor modifications over the years.

Ingredients for pie:

1 package of refrigerated pie crust (it should have two crusts in the package): get fresh from grocery store

1 can of solid pack pumpkin (15 ounces):

1 cup of half and half:  get fresh from grocery store

3 eggs:  get fresh from grocery store

2/3 cup sugar:

1/4 cup honey:

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon:

1 teaspoon ground allspice:

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg:

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger:

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves:

1/2 teaspoon salt:

Crust shield:

Parchment paper:

Here is the video tutorial:

Directions to bake pie:

1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

2.  Remove pie crust from refrigerator and let it warm up a bit.  Unroll it and place it into a 9 inch pie plate.  Press the crust down and roll under any excess.  Then use your fingers to flute the edges. 

3.  Combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl and mix.  Pour into crust.

4.  Place pie into oven and bake for 10 minutes.  Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F.  If the crust looks the right amount of light brown baked, place a pie crust protector on it.  Bake 40 to 45 minutes, until the center is set and a toothpick comes out clean.  

5.  Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Refrigerate leftovers.  See directions for the garnish.


I made leaves, tendrils and berries.  You can use cookie cutters if you would rather.


1 refrigerated pie crust

1/2 cup of half and half

3 tablespoons sugar

Food color (red and green):


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Unroll the pie crust and work on parchment paper or foil.

2.  Use a knife to cut out leaf shapes.  Then take your knife and cute in the veining for the leaves, but don't cut all the way through.

3.  With the excess, roll multiple pieces into snakes and give them a twist to make the tendrils.  Roll the remaining into balls for the berries.

4.  Place on a baking sheet.  Take some of the half and half and add some green food color.  Brush it onto the leaves and the tendrils and sprinkle with sugar.

5.  Mix the remaining half and half with red food color.  Brush half and half on berries and sprinkle with sugar.

6.  Bake for 10-15 minutes or until browned.

7.  Remove from oven and allow to completely cool.

When you pie cools, you might have cracks that appear.  Don't fret!  I happens all the time, but no one will know!!  Whoohoo!

You can decorate your pie with the leaves, tendrils and berries off to one side, or in the case of my pie this year, I had some cracks in the middle and decided I needed to cover it up!

Place your first layer of leaves on the pie.  I mix a small amount of powdered sugar and water to make a glue.  When adding a second layer, I put a little bit of the sugar/water mixture on the bottom of leaf, so it sticks to the one beneath.  Repeat until you have it covered as you want.  

Add tendrils an berries - use the sugar/water glue if necessary.

That's it!  Now go wow someone with your awesome pie!!

Thanks for stopping by and stay safe and Happy Baking!


*The original recipe is from America's Favorite Brand Name Holiday Recipes - I have made changes to the decorations on top of the pie.

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