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In honor of the special readers I'm sharing my tasty, healthy pumpkin pie! Yowza! It's good. Let me know what you think. Here goes. Ready?
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HEALTHY PIE CRUST
You will not find a flakier crust! It's healthy, with olive oil and sea salt.
1 1/4 cups unbleached flour
Pinch of Stevia sweetener powder (optional)
1/2 teasp. sea salt
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons water or soymilk
Mix the flour, sweetener and salt together. Make a hole in the center (a well). Mix oil and water or soymilk together and pour into the hole. Mix with a fork until mixture forms a ball. Knead slightly and place in a 9-inch pie pan. No need to roll out. Press with fingers up the sides and across the bottom until crust is smooth.
Use only 3/4 cup flour and add 1/2 cup oatmeal that's been pulsed in your food processor,
or whole wheat flour. Add 1/2 cup chopped nuts if desired.
HEALTHY PUMPKIN PIE
Set oven at 425 degrees.
In a mixing bowl add ingredients one at a time and mix well--
2 eggs, beaten well
1 can or 15 oz. fresh pumpkin
1/4 cup honey or four packets Stevia powder**
1/2 teasp. salt
1-2 teasp pumpkin pie spice (or make your own pie spice--1/2 teasp ground cinnamon, 3/4 teasp ground ginger, 1/4 teasp nutmeg, 1/4 teasp ground cloves)
1 1/2 cups soymilk or 1 can evaporated milk
Pour into the unbaked (9") pie shell. Sprinkle with nutmeg if desired.
Bake 15 minutes at 450 degrees, reduce to 350 degrees and bake about 45 minutes, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool and serve with real whipped cream.
**Make a test pie first to be sure you like the Stevia flavor. Some folks don't like it in baked goods. Or use part Stevia and part honey.
REAL WHIPPED CREAM
Be sure you have enough for everyone--This recipe can be multiplied as many times as needed.
Pour 1 box (8 oz) heavy whipping cream into a chilled bowl. Whip with an electric mixer or hand held rotary beater until soft peaks form. Be careful--overbeating results in butter! Add 1 tablespoon sugar to taste. Continue beating until firm peaks form. Add 1 teasp vanilla, to taste. Keep chilled until you're ready to serve pie! Yum!