This weekend is our Canadian thanksgiving weekend. That means lots of gatherings and plenty of food. I originally intended on making a pumpkin pie from scratch, but my plans were fumbled when KD and I blindly bought the wrong type of pumpkin.
Instead of purchasing pumpkin purée, we bought the pie filling in a can. What’s the difference you ask? Pumpkin purée is supposed to be just pumpkin with no spices or additives (though sometimes they add other gourd vegetables to the mixture). It’s a good way of making a pumpkin pie as closest to scratch, next to digging out the pumpkin meat directly from the fresh gourd yourself.
On the other hand, pumpkin pie filling is a premade filling containing pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. The only thing you really need to make the pie is a pie shell, which you can either make fresh or buy premade. Since I was supposed to make the pies Saturday night but couldn’t because of this little blunder (I searched all over the Internet for other recipes that may have worked with a premade mix, but nothing peaked my interest and the choices were very limited!), I had to go out the next day to a Farmers Market to buy a few. So lessons learned, purchase pumpkin purée and not pumpkin pie filling unless you just want to use a mixture that is ready-to-go. Happy Thanksgiving!