Wednesday, October 16

Brown Sugar Pumpkin Pie with Honey Sweetened Meringue

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 

Ingredients:

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

 Directions:

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. )

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38 comments:

  1. Loving that meringue! This pie looks fabulous :)

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  2. I think you are my new best friend! ;) My husband also annoys the living Jesus out of me, sets his alarm and "snoozes" it for at least 75 minutes....and I would not change a thing. It is so wonderful to know there is another real family out there! :)

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    1. I love him... But seriously... why is it so hard to set the alarm for the actual time you need to wake up?

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    2. Preach sister!! ;) I love it when he says my hairdryer is louder than the snooze....yeah, but I am not blowdrying my hair for 75 minutes straight!! LOL! Thanks again for your post! Really struck a cord and made me realize that my chaos is just fine and is the reality for many families!

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  3. And why is it so hard to do a dish or put one in the sink? I hate that!

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  4. What an honest post. Thanks for sharing. This pie looks absolutely amazing, especially with that gorgeous meringue on top.

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  5. I'll be the first to admit my house is only fully cleaned prior to company coming over lol. It's just not possible. Now obviously things look pretty in blog photos but that's necessary. ;) Now pass me a slice of pie!!

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    1. Oh I clean like a maniac before people come over... especially my in laws!

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  6. your "rant" was spot on! with a husband, two kids, and three dogs my house is almost NEVER clean, and my sink/counter is always full of dishes, because said kids and husband can never seem to find the dishwasher :)
    I LOVE the pie and that picture your son took

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    1. Thanks! Yeah.... 3 kids, 1 dog, husband, cats... house is never that tidy!

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  7. This looks AMAZING. Hoping to make it for Thanksgiving this year!
    How long will it keep (and look nice) with the meringue?

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    1. This meringue actually holds up quite well. I wouldn't go too long, but if you make top the pie in the AM and serve it later that day it will still look gorgeous. I've used the same topping on cupcakes and had them at room temp for hours and hours and they looked fine.

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  8. Love the picture Owen took! My Owen is 12 and will be 13 in May. They grow up so fast!! Can't wait to make this! Thanks!!

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    1. I will tell him you liked the photo! Owen's a great name huh? ;)

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  9. This pie is gaw-geous, Carrie! That meringue topping looks ridiculously, out-of-this-world creamy 'n dreamy. Your son's got great photog skills too. As for the rant - you rant away as much as you want here. It's your space, your blog, your thoughts. If people don't like it, they don't have to read (although we all write because we want others to read what we've got to say but c'est la vie). I have a lot of dark, ranty, venty posts on my blog and I'll never feel bad about it because I started my blog to share my life. Your real friends and fans will understand and will commiserate.

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  10. word! I agree with all you've said.

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  11. Loving that last photo! The meringue and pumpkin combo sounds amazing, gotta try that this season!

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  12. Love these pictures! This looks utterly delicious!

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  14. Amen girl!

    After i wash and fold Curtis' laundry I leave an empty laundry basket beside Curtis' bureau and he STILL manages to pile his dirty clothes RIGHT BESIDE the EMPTY laundry basket. Litterally 6 inches away. Boggles my mind!

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    1. Drives me INSANE! Stevie leaves his socks and undware on the floor of the bathroom every. single. day. The hamper in inches away!

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  15. it's beautiful! it sounds delish too!

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  16. This pie is SO beautiful :) and I love your sweater, looking so cozy!

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    1. Thanks! The sweater if from my latest stitch fix. Love it.

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  17. I have made batches of meringue, or 7 minute frosting or whatever you want to call it, and sat down and proceeded to eat the entire bowl. I dearly love the feel of that creamy vanilla smoothness in my mouth! But to combine that with pumpkin pie!!! I'm speechless....

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  18. This pie look absolutely AMAZING~!!! Pumpkin is my favorite pie; I love all things brown sugar; so how come I never thought of using brown sugar in my pumpkin pie???? And, if that meringue is anything close to how good it looks, I will seriously be in heaven~!!! I can't wait to make it~!!! I love your blog, and your honesty. I too am not a slave to housework. While my house is always ready to have an unexpected guest, that's only true if they don't look to closely. Dusting has never been my forte. I have to say though, I am the lucky winner of the world's best husband. He is not only a hard worker (six days a week most weeks), but he also does all the vacuuming and mopping for me.... in addition to all the yard work. He puts all his dirty clothes in the hamper, and brings them into the laundry room when he needs them washed. He comes straight home from work every day like clockwork, NEVER goes "out with the boys," and enjoys spending his time off with me. He also loves everything I cook, but takes me out for meals at least twice a week. So, if he leaves a few dirty dishes in the sink, it's the least I can do to take care of them. I know...I'm a VERY lucky girl.

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  19. I love your honesty! A happy life is a messy life. I need to read more of your blogs. Your recipes are fantastic, my husband loves everything I have made from your site. Thank you, thank you!

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  20. I love your honesty! A happy life is a messy life. I need to read more of your blogs. Your recipes are fantastic, my husband loves everything I have made from your site. Thank you, thank you!

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  21. Looks amazing! Do you think the pie could be made without the meringue or does the pumpkin filling not fill the crust all the way? Thank you!

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  22. The pumpkin pie looks delicious...am trying the recipe tomorrow. :)

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