Caramel Pumpkin Pie (TWD)

October 19, 2010 – Comments (10)

We’ve diving headfirst into the holiday baking season with this week’s Tuesdays With Dorie recipe for Caramel Pumpkin Pie!  Janell of Mortenson Family Memoirs is our hostess this week and you can find the recipe for this pie on her blog

Dorie Greenspan takes your traditional pumpkin pie recipe and elevates it with a homemade caramel sauce.  She encourages that we cook our sugar to the brink of no return.  You will be rewarded for that act of bravery,  as the end product has a gorgeous dark amber color.    This intense caramel was a key ingredient for another TWD recipe, Burnt Sugar Ice Cream, and I have step-by-step photos of the sugar cooking and with a bit of cream at the end transforming into this: 

As my hubs and I can’t restrain ourselves around pumpkin pie, I downsized and made a small 6 inch baby pie (which is a perfect pie for two).    I only needed a 1/3 portion of Dorie’s scrumptious, no-fail pie crust recipe and 1/2 portion of the filling.  In the spirit of tweaking the traditional pumpkin pie, I decided to go along with Dorie’s “playing around” suggestion and top the pie with streusel. 

Once the pie baked and cooled, it was time to dig in.  A dollop of slightly sweetened whipped cream was all that this pie needed.

This was definitely not your run-of-the-mill pumpkin pie.   A lot of people equate caramel with toothy sweetness, but  that was not the case here.    The dark caramel infused the filling with a smoky, slightly sweet flavor.    The unexpected yummy surprise was the streusel topping.  It provided a nice crunchy, nutty complement to the filling.    If you looking for a pumpkin pie recipe with a little umph, look no further…this pie will deliver!

If you’ve got pie on the brain (like me), make sure to check in next week…more holiday pies are on deck!  In the meantime, check out the TWD blogroll for more beautiful pies.

10 Responses to Caramel Pumpkin Pie (TWD)

  1. I want a piece of yours.

    My caramel broke, and I think I now want to throw my pie out.

  2. i didn’t try out the streusel, but, wow, that looks awfully good!!

  3. ingrid says:

    It sounds and looks amazing!

  4. Mary says:

    Okay, THAT is beautiful! What a great combination of flavors. This has been bookmarked!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  5. tia says:

    yours looks PERFECT. everything about it looks wonderful. you went with the streusel too – mmmmmm

  6. cindy harris says:

    I have got to start making smaller desserts–my willpower is lacking. Dories treats are always so yummy. Love the streusel topping. Have a great day!

  7. Janell says:

    I loved the streusel too! Your pie looks beautful. Thanks for baking along with me this week!

  8. Jeannette says:

    definitely making my pie with streusel!! your mini pie looks so cute! and tasty!

  9. Eliana says:

    Whoa – that is one mighty fine lookin pie. Only issue is that I could probably polish off the small one just on my own, which would make my hubs pretty upset.

  10. Pamela says:

    Oh, man! That is a good looking pie! I went with streusel, too but
    mine didn’t look as tempting as yours!

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