The trees don’t have to be all shades of orange, yellow, and red for me to crave pumpkin pie. After I graduated high school, my family moved to hot, humid Miami. I dreamed of returning north and consoled myself all summer by eating loads of pumpkin pies, like it was my job.
Yes, I freely admit my love of food. It seems that my standards of food categories and portion size are not exactly like everyone else’s; and that point was brought home to me by my agent who is working with me on a proposal for my next cookbook. I was considering including a pastrami-layered potato kugel, and I put it into the chapter on side dishes. She took one look at it and said, “Jamie, you misplaced this recipe. It should go into the chapter on mains.” It was an “aha!” moment. Hubby and I got a good kick out of it. “Oh, so that’s our problem? Eating ‘mains’ as ‘sides’!” And too many pies.
But I digress. Back to the pumpkin…
Luckily, it’s inherently not bad for you. A pumpkin has lots of fiber and vitamin A and it’s low in calories and fat. When I am feeling well-behaved, I make my pie using fat free milk (for my dairy rendition) or low-cal soy or almond milk (for my pareve rendition), a sugar substitute and NO crust. That’s when I let my responsible nature take over. Or I happened to get on the scale that day. I mean, how would I look if I downed an authentic pumpkin pie daily, like my vitamins? (This is not a question to be answered in “comments.”)
This special Pumpkin Pie with Caramel Whipped Cream that I dreamed up for you sits in a chocolate graham cracker cookie crust. You simply fold a few tablespoons of caramel into whipped “cream” and spread a generous layer on top of your pie before serving. Give me a call and I’ll come taste-test it for you.
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