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It’s Thanksgiving! (for Americans, that is)

Posted by Avital Pinnick on November 26, 2009

Pumpkin Pie

Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends! Although I’m Canadian and my husband is English, we were  invited to an American Thanksgiving dinner and I was asked to bring a pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce.

I’m not normally a pumpkin pie fan but I think this one turned out well. I used the food processor method of making a pie crust because I had just come home from a dental appointment (complicated root canal — you don’t want to know). The recipe calls for margarine and soy milk because the pie will be served with a turkey dinner. If that’s not a concern, feel free to substitute dairy products.

As for the sauce, it’s straight from the can. The imprint of the bottom of the can evokes so many happy memories for people. 🙂

Parve Pumpkin Pie

Yield: 9″ pie

Pie shell

150 gm flour
100 gm cold, had margarine
50 gm very cold water

Cut margarine into pieces. Pulse with flour in food processor until it looks like very coarse sand. With the processor running on low speed, dribble the water into the flour and margarine. Stop the machine as soon as the dough starts to come together. Shape into a thick disk and chill for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 450F. Roll dough on a lightly floured board into an 11″ circle and place in 9″ pie pan. Save trimmings for leaf decorations. Prick all over with fork and place double layer of aluminum foil on top to keep it from bubbling up. Bake the pie shell for 10 minutes or until edge starts to colour slightly. Cool slightly.


1-15 oz. can (about 1 3/4 cups) pumpkin puree
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups soy milk
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt

Lower heat to 350F. Mix all filling ingredients with an electric hand mixer. Pour filling into pie shell. Roll out leftover pastry and score with knife to form veins. Gently place leaf pastry shapes on top of filling.

Bake at 350F for 50 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool.


It has been one year since the Mumbai massacre. I didn’t know the Holzbergs, the Israeli couple murdered with other hostages at the Chabad House (may their memories be for a blessing). My friend and former office mate, Kath, was also in Mumbai. I was very relieved when I logged on and saw her tweets and Flickr videos of the news coverage. Hurray for modern technology!


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