Creamy brown sugar pumpkin pie topped with a fluffy light meringue that is sweetened with honey.
|This photo was taken by Owen, my 6 year old (7 in March)|
The other day I kind of a had a melt down rant here on my blog. I felt kind of funny for posting it. I sort of ragged on my husband (in a joking manner). He is the most amazing person in my life, the one who keeps my head on straight at all times. I don't want anyone to think I think ill of him. I was just having a vent session. This is why I started my blog.... I need a place of my own to speak my mind. A place that wasn't cluttered by husbands and kids, my place to retreat to when I've had a long day.
A friend emailed me a couple days after my post went live and thanked me for being real on my blog. And it got me to thinking... and then venting some more. Why do we feel the need to pretend on social media? Posting photos of our beautiful children, long status updates how blessed we are and how everything is all pink roses and rainbows all the time. Our worlds are perfect, our houses are spotless, we make every ounce of our family's food by scratch... and not only that we do it while looking like hot Mamas. Come on! No one lives like that.
Lets be real. Kids, family.... life. It's a messy business. It's a stressful one at that. We are allowed to have those moments of melt down mania because someone peed on the toilet seat. Or because your couch has about 16 pairs of socks hiding in every crack. Real every day people have 6 loads of laundry waiting to be folded on their dining room table. The sink AND dishwasher may be full of dirty dishes. There may be dust bunnies or in my case dog hair balls floating to the corners of each room or under your furniture. And it's all totally cool. No need to pretend that this is not how you live. By pretending everything is perfection all the time, we are creating this unrealistic image of what a family life is like.
I am the wife to the most amazing handsome man in the world (be jealous), he also refuses to wake up when his alarm goes off and hits snooze 600 times before he actually wakes. For whatever reason he deems it necessary to set his alarm for like 4 am... he doesn't need to leave the house until 7:30! He never puts his dishes in the sink, and I don't know why it's so hard to put your dirty underwear in the hamper. He annoys the sh** out of me daily. But I love him.
My kids are truly the lights of my life. They are the best things I have ever cooked up. They keep me entertained, they give me unconditional love, and they keep me on my toes at all time. My kids are also monsters. Cute one moment then you turn your back and before you know it there is a little gremlin growling back at you. Even in those devilish moments, I adore every ounce of them.
Our chaotic craziness... is what I call a perfect life. I love my messy house, my annoying husband, and monstrous kids... I wouldn't trade them for all the roses and rainbows in the world.
Now lets talk pie. I could not do #30DaysOfPumpkin without doing a pumpkin pie. I was stunned when I noticed.... I have never blogged a pumpkin pie! Whhhat??!!
I know, it's pure craziness.
The crust is a classic all butter pie crust, for a little added flavor instead of using water I went with buttermilk ( a trick I learned in one of Joy the Baker's classes). For the filling a classic pumpkin custard filling but made with brown sugar and cardamom. For the topping, remember this frosting I rave about all the time? Well it's a twist on that. A light fluffy meringue sweetened with honey.
After this pie was out of the oven, as usual I did not have any Patience. I cut into that baby as soon as I could. You can thank my lack of patience for the sloppy slices. Also, every fork AND spoon just so happened to be in the dishwasher. What's a girl to do?
Eat with her hands.
Brown Sugar Pumpkin Pie with Honey Sweetened Meringue
For the crust:
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter,
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbs sugar
Davidson's Safest Choice egg white
For the Filling:
1 15 oz can of pumpkin puree
1 12 oz can of evaporated milk
2 Davidson's Safest Choice eggs
2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbs vanilla extract
For the topping:
2 room temperature Davidson's Safest Choce egg whites
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup honey
For the crust:
In a medium mixing bowl mix flour, sugar and salt together with a fork.
Cut butter into cold small pieces.
Toss in flour.
Using your thumb and forefinger work the butter pieces into the flour creating small disks. I lightly press each butter piece with my fingers while tossing in the flour.
Slowly pour in buttermilk, knead dough a couple of time until it comes together and holds in a ball. Form a dish and wrap in plastic wrap, refrigerate for 30 minutes.
For the filling:
Meanwhile to prepare you filling whisk all of your ingredients together. Set aside.
Once the dough has chilled, roll out onto a lightly floured surface until it is about 1/8 inch thick. Transfer dough into a 9 inch pie plate. Crimp the sides as desired. Brush with egg white.
Pour filling into unbaked pie crust.
Bake at 375 for about 50 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the filling has set. You can test it by giving it a shake or insert a tooth pick and if it comes out clean it has finished baking.
To prepare topping:
Whip egg whites on high speed in your electric mixer until foamy.
Add in salt and brown sugar. Return to high speed and whip until soft peaks have formed. Turn off mixer
In a small sauce pan bring honey to a boil. Remove from heat.
Turn mixer back on to high, and slowly pour in hot honey. Mix on high until stiff peaks have formed (this can take a few minutes).
Spread topping over cooled pie and serve.
* It is important to use Davidon's Safest Choice Eggs in this recipe (especially the topping), because it contains raw eggs. Safest Choice eggs are pasteurized. Which eliminates the risk of contracting foodborne illnesses. *
(Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Davidson's Safest Choice Eggs. I was compensated for my time. However all opinions are my own. )