Thanksgiving just isn’t Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie, right? You have 3 choices. Make one from scratch, buy a frozen one from the store or make THIS one that is not as time consuming, but is far better than a store bought one. The main ingredient is Knapp Farm’s Pumpkin Butter from Knapp Farm, a local farm near Elmira, who have been operating a family farm for 208 years, 8th generation, now growing, processing and marketing specialty foods; jams, preserves, conserves, juices, salsa, vinegar, tarts and berries.
Here’s the recipe: For the crust: 1 cup flour 1/4 tsp salt 1/3 cup cold lard 1 tbsp cold butter 2 tbsp ice water For the filling: 2 cups Knapp Farm’sPumpkin Butter 4 eggs, beaten 2/3 cup evaporated milk or light cream 1/2 tsp salt a pinch of ground ginger, cloves and cinnamon
Combine flour and salt. Cut in lard and butter until it’s the size of peas.
Add ice water and stir with fingers or a fork lightly to combine. Form into a ball. Roll out on to a flour covered surface big enough to fit a 9″ pie plate.
Place in pie plate and use your fingers to make a nice edge on the crust. Mix all the ingredients for the filling in a mixing bowl. Fill the unbaked pie shell with the filling.
Bake at 350F for 40-50 minutes.
Take note of the beautiful yellow yolked eggs in this recipe.They are from pasture-raised chickens fed organic grain from Straight-Way Farm. Also, if you are unable to get the Knapp Farm Pumpkin Butter here at the Ithaca Farmers Market, you can find it at the Cornell Orchard Store.