So this is a funny story, and I’m going to put it on Facebook, and send it to NPR, which likes funny Christmas stories. This is about my “pumpkin” pie.
I make the Impossible Pumpkin pie as written out in the Bisquick cookbook. It is an easy pie to make, and you don’t have to make crust and cook a lot of stuff before hand.
Anyway, on Christmas Eve, I was certain I had a can of pumpkin, so as is usual, did not put all my ingredients out beforehand, but just went along ingredient by ingredient.
I turned the oven on to 350 degrees. I sprayed my pie plate with cooking spray. I took out my blender. I put in 3/4 cups sugar; 1/2 cup Bisquick, a can of evaporated milk, two eggs, and went to the pantry to get the pumpkin. There was none there. I’m going crazy. Only a dollar in my pocket, and no pumpkin. So I set the blender cup in the fridge and started running around knocking on doors looking for a can of pumpkin. No one had any. I sent my neighbor who runs my errands to the store(s) to get me a can of pumpkin, after borrowing enough money to pay for one. She went to the Dollar Store and then CVS, and came back – no pumpkin left on the shelves. So I borrowed a can of apricot halves from a one neighbor and a can of peaches from another neighbor, and gave my friend the dollar.
I drained the apricots and added enough sliced peaches to make a full can. This I poured into the blender, then I adjusted the spices (instead of pumpkin pie spice, I put in nutmeg and cinnamon). I added the vanilla. I put it in the oven and cooked it.
When it came out, it looked like a custard pie, and I just hoped it would be good.
Yesterday, when I served the pie to my guests, I had told them the story so they would be warned that it might not taste very good. We sprayed the whip cream on it. We took a bite, and one of my friends declared that it tasted just like pumpkin pie. I was not sure I agreed quite that much, but, my friends, it was delicious. I sent them home with a couple of pieces of the pie, and ate another helping last night.
I have one slice left to eat tonight. It really is a good pie, and now I am going to experiment with other fruits, like cherry pie filling (don’t use the liquid – you just don’t want to add any more liquids to the recipe). But you can be sure I will always have pumpkin on my pantry shelves before I attempt to begin another pie without knowing I have all the ingredients.
The Bisquick recipe for pumpkin pie:
Throw into a blender
3/4 c sugar
1/2 c Bisquick
1 can of evaporated milk (not the sweetened, just the plain milk like Pet or your favourite store brand)
1 can (15oz) pumpkin
2-1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp vanilla
Blend until totally liquid. Pour into greased pie plate. Bake for 50-55 minutes, until when you touch the top of the pie it is firm to the touch.
Cool, and serve with whipped cream.
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Happy Boxing Day.
Carol Stepp, Austin, TX