Your National Pumpkin Day’s Recipe – The best Pumpkin Pie

For the crust

  • 1 cup (120g) white whole wheat flour (measured correctly)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp (56g) unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 2 tsp nonfat milk
  • 1 tsp pure maple syrup
  • ½ tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 tbsp (15-30mL) ice cold water

For the filling

  • 1 (15oz) can pumpkin purée
  • ¼ cup (60g) plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup (120mL) nonfat milk
  • 1 tbsp (8g) cornstarch
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp vanilla crème stevia (such as SweetLeaf)
  • 3 large egg whites, room temperature & lightly beaten

For the whipped cream

  • 3 tbsp (45mL) heavy cream
  • 6 tbsp (90g) plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • ½ tsp vanilla crème stevia (such as SweetLeaf)

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Directions

To prepare the crust, whisk together the flour and salt in a medium bowl. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter or the back of a fork until the mixture resembles crumbs. 

Whisk together the milk and maple syrup, and drizzle over the flour mixture. Whisk together the vinegar and 1 teaspoon of water, and drizzle over the flour mixture. Mix until all of those liquid ingredients have been incorporated. Continue to add water 1 teaspoon at a time and mixing until completely incorporated until the mixture forms a dough.

Transfer the dough to the center of a large sheet of plastic wrap, and shape into a 4”-wide circle. Cover the top with another large sheet of plastic wrap. Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes.

While the dough chills, prepare the filling. Stir together the pumpkin purée and Greek yogurt in a large bowl. In a separate smaller bowl, whisk together the milk and cornstarch. Stir the milk mixture into the pumpkin mixture. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, salt, and pepper, stirring until fully incorporated. Stir in the maple syrup, vanilla, and vanilla crème stevia. Gradually stir in the egg whites until fully incorporated.
Preheat the oven to 375°F, and coat a 9”-round pie plate with nonstick cooking spray.

Leaving the dough between the sheets of plastic wrap, roll it out into a 11”-wide circle. Peel off the top layer of plastic wrap, and turn it out into the prepared pie plate. Peel off the other layer of plastic wrap. Gently press the dough into the pie plate, and trim the overhang.

Line the center of the pie with foil, ensure that the foil is fully touching the dough all the way around the steep sides of the pie plate, and pour pie weights or uncooked rice into the center. Bake the crust at 375°F for 15 minutes. Carefully remove the foil and pie weights or rice.

Pour the filling into the center of the parbaked crust. Bake the pie at 350°F for an additional 35-40 minutes or until the center barely jiggles when lightly shaken. Cool completely to room temperature; then chill the pie set for an additional 8 hours before serving.
To prepare the whipped cream, place a glass or metal bowl and the electric beater attachment(s) in the freezer for 10 minutes.

Remove from the freezer. Add the heavy cream, and beat for 2-3 minutes or until it reaches the soft peak stage. Add the Greek yogurt and vanilla crème stevia, and beat for an additional 1-2 minutes or until it reaches the stiff peak stage. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve the pie. Top each slice with a dollop of whipped cream.

Whole wheat pastry flour, regular whole wheat flour, or all-purpose flour may be substituted for the white whole wheat flour.

Any milk may be substituted for the nonfat milk.

Honey or agave may be substituted for the maple syrup; however, maple syrup produces the best taste.

White vinegar may be substituted for the apple cider vinegar.

Stevia is a plant-based, no-calorie sweetener that’s very concentrated. In this recipe, ½ teaspoon of vanilla crème stevia is equivalent to ½ cup of granulated sugar. Other concentrated stevia products, such as this powdered version, may be substituted. If substituting a different sweetener whose sweetness level isn’t as concentrated, you may need to decrease the amount of milk to compensate for the added volume.

Don’t skip the black pepper! I know it seems like a strange ingredient for pumpkin pie, but it really enhances the spices’ warmth and gives the pie an extra richness to its flavor.

Parchment paper may be substituted for the foil during the parbaking step. However, it does not conduct heat like foil, so the bottom crust will be slightly underdone.

If you can’t wait the full 8 hours, make sure you chill the pie for at least 3 hours. The longer you’re able to chill the pie, the more the flavors will meld and the cleaner your cuts will be when you slices pieces to serve.

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