A Swedish Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Pumpkin pie is good. This pumpkin pie is great. The recipe was my Great Grandma’s. She came to the United States from Sweden when she was a young woman. I don’t remember her but I always think of her when I make this pie. Or when I do dishes. My mom taught me to do them the way her grandma taught her – she was blind and taught my mother to wash dishes by touch. It works really well! Until recently I always made a traditional crust but now I make a grain-free crust and the combination is delicious. Really, the crust is not that important – just make your favorite.
I use my phone to look up recipes instead of a recipe card! I miss recipe cards as their screens don’t go dark every few minutes!
Mixing pie crustimageSwedish Pumpkin pie ingredientsa bowl full of whipping creamThanksgiving pie

Pumpkin Pie

Preheat oven to 450 degrees
Mix together
1 3/4 cup pumpkin
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons dark molasses
3/4 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
Add in
2 eggs slightly beaten
1 1/2 cup condensed can milk
Pour into a prepared crust

Bake in one crust at 450 degrees for 15 minutes then reduce temperature to 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Test if pie is done with a knife in the middle of the pie.

Grain Free Pie Crust
Mix together
1 1/2 cups almond flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup melted butter
2 tablespoons sugar (any kind of sweetener you want)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Pat the ingredients into a 9.5 inch pie pan until it is evenly distributed. The dough will rise a bit when you bake it. Bake for 10 – 15 minutes until it’s pretty. Fill it with the pumpkin custard and bake it up and put it on the table!a slice of pumpkin pie

The Edible Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece

Tradition says that Thanksgiving was inspired by a desire to stop and remember that life is hard and we feel thankful to have survived it for one more season. Plus the whole idea of making friends with your neighbors. Ha! Yesterday’s post featured a table all in white. This table embraces that tradition. And there is no better way to make a friend than to offer someone a slice of pie!edible landscape centerpiece

 

Tucked in next to the fire with a riot of fall leaves out the window and a centerpiece that is a celebration of food this Thanksgiving table is a landscape of gratitude. I piled on beautiful produce and greenery so that it would overflow the brass tray right onto the table. Grapes, persimmons, kale, cranberries: Yum! And after dinner one can add the centerpiece to the dinner leftovers!Thanksgiving table by the firecross stitched napkina slice of pumpkin pie

 

The pumpkin pie is a family favorite. Recipe coming up tomorrow.Thanksgiving pie

Thanksgiving Table

I love setting the table. There are so many good memories I have of great meals and conversations shared around the dinner table. Making it beautiful is part of the fun for me. There is a Barbra Streisand/Jeff Bridges movie in which she invites him to dinner and the table is very, very fancy. It looked ridiculous.fancy table in Barbra Streisand movie I realize that is Lauren Bacall in the photo but it was all I could find. For a while it made me rethink setting the table so formally. But that’s no fun!!! At least on Thanksgiving we can be a little fancy, right? A few images from past Thanksgivings will give you an idea of how fancy I like to be. Credit goes to my niece, Gaia, for the top right image. images from past Thanksgiving tables

This year I thought I would do a few test runs. My husband is enjoying it. The first is a blank canvas of sorts. Let’s call it a White Thanksgiving. Layering a vintage white cloth with a velvet faux bois table runner made a good base.  Several candles and a pretty white porcelain bowl with four sections filled with starburst mums complete the centerpiece. Mixing vintage dishes with new is a great way to keep things interesting and beautiful. Place cards are fashioned out of some homemade tiles I had on hand lettered in chalk.

Next I think I’ll do a more traditional color palette. And perhaps I’ll also trial run a pie or two. My family always makes the world’s best pumpkin pie recipe from my Swedish Great Grandmother. This year I’ll make a grain-free crust using almond flour. I’ll share it all!A White Thanksgiving Tableplacecards in chalk for ThanksgivingA White Thanksgiving tableThanksgiving in White

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