Special cuisine around the world (P.28) – Pumpkin pie (USA) : An indispensable dessert on Thanksgiving Day’s menu

18-11-2020

(WorldKings.org) Pumpkin pie is the quintessential American Thanksgiving dessert. On a table ornamented with bowls of cranberry sauce, gravy, mashed potatoes, and a turkey, this annual gathering wouldn’t be complete without a slice of orange-tinged custard and flaky crust.

The pumpkin pie is a Thanksgiving Day tradition and consists of pumpkin-based custard, ranging in color from orange to brown. The pie is generally flavored with nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and ginger and frequently topped with whipped cream.

Pies made from pumpkins use pumpkins which measure about 15 to 20 centimetres in diameter. They are considerably smaller than jack o'lanterns. The first step for getting the edible part out of the pumpkin is to slice it in half and remove the seeds. The two halves are heated until soft, in an oven, over an open fire, on a stovetop, or in a microwave oven. Sometimes the pumpkin halves are brined to soften the pulp instead of being cooked. At this point, the pulp is scooped out and puréed.

The pulp is mixed with eggs, evaporated and/or sweetened condensed milk, sugar, and a spice mixture called pumpkin pie spice, which includes nutmeg and other spices (e.g., ginger, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, mace), then baked in a pie shell.

Today, throughout much of Canada and the United States, it is traditional to serve pumpkin pie after Thanksgiving dinner. Additionally, many modern companies produce seasonal pumpkin pie-flavored products such as candy, cheesecake, coffee, ice cream, french toast, waffles and pancakes, and many breweries produce a seasonal pumpkin ale or beer; these are generally not flavored with pumpkins, but rather pumpkin pie spices.

According to ibtimes.com and en.wikipedia.org


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