Sunday, November 23, 2014

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

I hope everyone is enjoying Thanksgiving Week here at Mystery Lovers' Kitchen!

Now, what's Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie, right?  Believe it or not, I didn't like pumpkin pie when I was growing up.  We didn't have it at Thanksgiving because my father didn't like it either.  I don't remember what we had instead...possibly Italian pastries since my father's side of the family is Italian.

This recipe comes from my late mother-in-law, and it was the first pumpkin pie that I actually liked (I've long since been converted to all kinds of pumpkin pies!).  I think she got the recipe off a box of Knox gelatin a couple of decades ago.  It's lighter than traditional pumpkin pie and is very easy to make although you have to allow plenty of time for it to chill during the various steps.

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

1 baked 9" pie crust
1 envelope Knox unflavored gelatin
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup water
3 eggs yolks
1 1/2 cups pumpkin (the plain kind)
3 egg whites
1/4 white sugar

Combine the gelatin, brown sugar, spices, milk, water, egg yolks and pumpkin in the top of a double boiler.  Place over boiling water and heat, stirring occasionally, for approximately 10 minutes until gelatin is melted and mixture is heated through.  Chill until mixture mounds when dropped from a spoon.

Beat egg whites until stiff then beat in white sugar.  Stir into chilled pumpkin mixture and pour into baked pie shell.  Chill until firm (approximately six hours.)  Serve topped with whipped cream if desired.

 Pumpkin, spice, egg mixture

Place over boiling water

Decorate with whipped cream if desired

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  1. Knox Gelatin - that's a name from the past. Does it still make your fingernails strong??

    I have a lot to be thankful for this year, but especially for my husband's health, even though he's having his 3rd surgery in a year, the 2 new great-granddaughters who will make their appearance soon, and for being able to retire this year!

    1. I'm sorry to hear about your husband's surgery but being able to retire and two new beautiful great-granddaughters are something to shout about!

  2. I am thankful for my continue good health, as well as, being thankful for my family, fur baby, and my friends. :)


    Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Oh, those fur babies sure make us happy don't they? Here's to continued good health in the new year.

  3. This year, I am most thankful for the good health of all of my family members and myself; and the fact that my whole family is able to get together for the holiday season this year.

    1. How wonderful to all be together for the holiday season! Family makes the holidays!

  4. Right now I'm thankful for my oldest son - age 50 - who made an unexpected trip from FL to MN to see me last week. We had 3+ days to catch up, wander down memory lane, and laugh ourselves silly. I'm still smiling.

    1. How wonderful you had that time with your son! My daughter arrives for Thanksgiving on Wednesday, and I'm counting the days! I'm lucky that my other daughter and granddaughter are only about 20 minutes away.

  5. My family doesn't like pumpkin pie either...we do, however, love pumpkin ice cream pie. That's what we'll be having. I'm thankful that I finally have a job where I have Thanksgiving off.

    1. So glad you'll be able to spend the holiday at home with family!

  6. I'm most thankful for my 2 dogs and 2 cats that I love dearly---I'm also thankful that I made it to retirement and am now figuring out how to enjoy it. Happy Thanksgiving to all.