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Patty's Pumpkin Pudding Pie

They say that the smell of pumpkin pie baking in the oven is an aphrodisiac. They also say that it's good to bake one while you're having having an open-house to sell your home - chances of scoring are higher. I bake them often in the fall and winter, as they're the perfect seasonal dish (winter squash is one of the few vegetables that will keep for months), and they're supremely delicious.

Most days, I prefer making variations of this pumpkin pudding to a traditional pumpkin pie. Why? Because it's healthier (no refined ingredients or empty calories), quicker and easier to make - and I'm more into the filling than the crust. Here's my quintessential recipe: Patty's Pumpkin Pudding

Like a clafouti, this pudding makes it's own "crust" and is sliceable when cooled down. Beautifully spiced and rich, it can be embellished with a layer of crunchy caramelized nuts. This is an easy and flexible recipe where you can play with the ingredients and their proportions - so have some warm sexy winter baking fun!

ps - here are some tips on how-to take a classic pumpkin pie recipe and make it healthier - without compromising flavour: Hi there pumpkin pie!

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Winter Squash Nut-Crust Casserole
Very delicious: a sweet winter squash nut-crust pumpkin pie-like baked good.

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Name or no name, I make these very often in the fall and winter. The piece in the picture has a pecan-pepita crust: very very very good!

As for a recipe - I generally wing it every time. I have posted some tips here: Hi there pumpkin pie! I will post an approximate recipe...

UPDATE: here's that recipe! Patty's Pumpkin Pudding

Hi there pumpkin pie!

A sugar pumpkin - perfect for pies! image from Cook's Thesaurus

I absolutely love pumpkin pie. There are thousands of pumpkin pie recipes on the web - but most are loaded with superfluous fat and sugar. Winter squash is a magical thing, and has its own lovely richness. Here are some tips on how to make a classic recipe healthier, without compromising flavour and texture of course!

Beautiful buttery flakey pie crust

Double-crust Sweet Berry Pie

How do you make a traditional flakey pie crust? The answer is here - check out these 2 videos hosted by Julia Child: Harvest Apple Pie, Part 1 and 2

I followed this pie crust recipe and production technique with fantastic results.

(Here's an alternate technique on How to Bake a Double-Crust Fruit Pie with tips and videos.)

This type of crust made with refined wheat flour and lots of butter is not all that healthy. It is, however, delicious - and great as an occasional treat. Using organic wheat and butter does make it healthier!

I filled this superb crust with fresh local blueberries and cherries. This particular pie was made without refined sugar: Double-crust Blueberry Cherry Pie

Good stuff. Here's a shot of the last piece :-)

Double-crust Sweet Berry Pie