Cooking Light presented the members of their Bloggers’ Connection a challenge. They have partnered with ABC’s The Chew to offer the opportunity to take a few select holiday recipes from the show and add our own twist! We chose a recipe and planned 1-3 changes to make the recipe our own.
I chose Michael Symon’s Chocolate Pumpkin Pie . And let me start by saying, other than making the crust gluten-free, I didn’t plan to change much. However, I did add 2 distinctive flavors to the pie.
I made a gluten-free crust using a GF flour blend. I kept the rest of the crust instructions as written.
I added coffee to the chocolate.
I added orange zest and orange extract to the filling.
I have to say, the coffee just makes chocolate richer, in my opinion. And I make a mean chocolate-orange-pumpkin muffin that I think is great so I wanted to keep those flavors for this pie.
Here is the recipe. My changes are in bold.
1 1/4 cups Gluten Free baking blend. (I used Pamela’s Biscuit and Baking Mix)
1/2 teaspoon Sugar
1/2 cup Unsalted butter (very cold and cut into small pieces)
2-3 tablespoons Ice Cold Water
3 oz Bittersweet Chocolate (very finely chopped)
6 oz Semisweet Chocolate (chopped)
1 Tablespoon ground dark roast coffee.
4 tablespoons Unsalted Butter (cut into small pieces)
1 14 oz Can Pumpkin
1 12 oz Can Evaporated Milk
3/4 cup Packed Light-Brown Sugar
3 Large Eggs
2 teaspoons of Orange Extract
2 teaspoons of orange zest
1 tablespoon Cornstarch
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
3/4 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon Ground Ginger
1/4 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
Pinch of Ground Cloves
Pie Filling: In a double boiler, melt chocolate, coffee and butter, stirring frequently until smooth, and remove from heat.
Pumpkin Filling: In a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin, evaporated milk, light brown sugar, eggs, cornstarch, vanilla, orange extract and zest, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Fold in the chocolate mixture, and pour into pie crust. Place pie pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 325F until center of pie has set, about an hour. Refrigerate until cooled completely to serve.
So what is the verdict? I have a new favorite Holiday pie. This was so rich and the flavors really complement each other!