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How to Make Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Pie With Your Kids

at Thanksgiving


When my son with autism was little, he was sensitive to tastes and disliked most foods. When in the second grade, his teacher phoned me to let me know he'd been throwing away the sack lunches I had so lovingly packed for him. So I took him to the market and I told him he could pick out anything he wanted to bring to school. We traveled down every aisle, looking at everything on the shelves from bottom to top. When finally done exploring the entire store, he had selected just two items!

Like many children, my son preferred simple and somewhat bland foods. When I stepped out of the box to try new sophisticated recipes, I usually faced resistance from him. After many Novembers trying the latest and greatest pumpkin pie recipes -- some with chocolate, some with apples, some with coconut -- I realized that the traditional old-fashioned one was what my son and family liked best. Because it's so easy, both boys could help me make it, and I was definitely thankful for that! 

1) Assemble ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can (15 ounces) 100% pure pumpkin
  • 1 can (12 fluid ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch (4 cup volume) deep-dish pie shell
  • whipped cream (optional)



2) Mix sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger, and cloves in small bowl.


3) Beat eggs in large bowl.



4) Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture.



5) Gradually stir in evaporated milk.


6) Pour into pie shell






7) Bake in preheated 425 degree oven for 15 minutes.
 8) Reduce temperature to 350 degrees. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near the center comes out clean.





9) Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Top with whipped cream before serving. YUM!

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