Although a homemade crust is best, ready-made pie crusts are always available; the refrigerated ones are quite good, and the frozen ones will do in a pinch. A freshly baked pie using either of the ready-made crusts is always much better than store-bought or frozen pies which are generally not fresh (they often sit on the bakery tables for up to a week or in the freezer for who knows how long) and made of mystery ingredients as well as preservatives.
1 15 oz. can pure pumpkin, not pumpkin pie mix
1 cup sugar, divided
3/4 cup light whipping cream
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 9" unbaked pie shell
2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, melted
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- Mix the pumpkin, 3/4 cup sugar, eggs, whipping cream, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg until smooth; pour 2/3 of the mixture into the pie shell.
- Mix the remaining filling with the reserved 1/4 cup sugar and melted baking chocolate.
- Spoon the chocolate mixture over the pumpkin filling; use a knife to swirl.
- Bake 15 minutes; turn the oven temperature down to 350° and continue baking 40-45 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven to a cooling rack and cool thoroughly.
- Serve with sweetened whipped cream with a sprinkling of cocoa.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 366 Calories from Fat 177
Percent Total Calories From: Fat 48% Protein 5% Carb. 46%
Nutrient Amount per Serving
Total Fat 20 g
Saturated Fat 9 g
Cholesterol 78 mg
Sodium 165 mg
Total Carbohydrate 42 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Sugars 25 g
Protein 5 g
Vitamin A 242% Vitamin C 4% Calcium 0% Iron 12%