The most iconic of fall desserts, Pumpkin Pie — Oz family style. This is Lisa Oz’s famous recipe from her cookbook The Oz Family Kitchen!! It combines a richly spiced fresh pumpkin filling (Cardamom! Cinnamon! All spice! Ginger! Oh my!) with the butteriest of easy sugar cookie-style crusts, which you are quickly going to decide is the only way to eat pumpkin pie.
There are quite literally no bad bites and they always go fast, which is why we always make at least two at a time. I took one liberty and doubled the sugar in the crust, which just enhances the quintessential sugar cookie taste and crisp texture.
Whether you’re a novice or experienced baker — it’s pie time!!
Cookie Dough Pie Crust:
1¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for shaping and rolling of dough
3 tbsp. organic sugar
⅛ tsp. fine sea salt
½ c. cold unsalted butter cut into ½” cubes
2 large egg yolks
2 tbsp. ice water
1 sweet or cheese pumpkin or butternut squash
1 (14 oz.) can non-GMO condensed milk
2 large eggs beaten
1½ tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cardamom
½ tsp. ground allspice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ tsp. ground ginger
•Position a rack in the bottom third of the oven and preheat the oven to 400°F. Place a large rimmed baking sheet on the rack to heat.
•Mix the flour, sugar and salt together in a medium bowl. Add the butter and mix to coat the butter with the flour mixture. Using your fingertips, quickly rub the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal. Or, instead of your fingertips, use a pastry blender.
•Stir the yolks and ice water together in a small bowl. Using a fork, add and stir in enough of the yolk mixture until the dough clumps together.
•Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead a few times until it is smooth. Shape the dough into a thick disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until the dough is chilled but not hard, 1 to 2 hours.
•On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough into a 12-13” round about ⅛” thick. Transfer the dough to a 9” pie pan. If the dough breaks, just patch it together. Fold the dough itself under so the edge of the fold is flush with the edge of the pan. Flute the dough. Refrigerate the dough-lined pan to chill for 20 to 30 minutes.
•Cut the pumpkin into quarters and scrape out the seeds. Using a sturdy vegetable peeler, peel the pumpkin, and cut the flesh into chunks about 1½“ square. Place the chunks or scraped-out flesh into a large saucepan and add enough cold water to barely cover them. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cover. Simmer until the pumpkin is tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain the pumpkin well in a wire sieve. Using a spatula, firmly press the pumpkin to extract excess moisture. Once the pumpkin has cooled, transfer it to a blender and puree until smooth with a thickness similar to canned pumpkin; 2 pounds of pumpkin should yield about 2 cups of puree. Unwrap the dough.
•Whisk the cooled pumpkin, condensed milk, eggs, cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, vanilla, and ginger together. Pour the filling into the dough-lined pan and place on the hot baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 350°F. Continue baking until a knife inserted into the center of the filling comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and let cool. Cut into wedges and serve.