Looking for a non-traditional, unique recipe for pumpkin pie?
You are in for a real treat! Follow along this easy recipe for my Kentucky-Inspired recipe for Bourbon Maple Pumpkin this Thanksgiving!
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Leaves and temperatures are falling here in Kentucky, and as a result, it’s shaping up to be one of the most beautiful autumns we’ve seen in awhile. Our maple trees are presently a gorgeous burnt orange, lighting up the sky, inspiring this very recipe that pays homage to one of my favorite seasons in my favorite state: Bourbon Maple Pumpkin Pie.
While I am not a huge sweet eater, I do love pumpkin pie. Like a warm fire on a chilly autumn day, every bite is packed with the perfect ratio of sweetness and spice!
Tools you might need to make this:
(Rolling pin should you decide to make a homemade crust)
Ingredients for Bourbon Maple Pumpkin Pie:
9 inch rolled pie-crust (or make your own…I went the easy route)
Sweetened condensed milk
Kentucky straight bourbon
Vanilla extract (I used my own homemade)
Pumpkin Pie Spice
What is the Best Value Kentucky Bourbon?
Old Forester is my husband’s favorite Kentucky Bourbon. In addition to taking pride in where it’s made-his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky- he just really enjoys the taste. Smooth with a little less “spice” to it than Woodford Reserve (Fun Fact: Deerwood Farm is located near-ish to The Woodford Reserve Distillery!).
However, if you would like something that might strengthen the bourbon taste in the pie, I would suggest Buffalo Trace. Buffalo Trace is produced in MY hometown of Frankfort, Kentucky. As a result, you can actually smell the scent of mash all around town throughout many times of the year contributing to the unique mise-en-scene of our small distillery town. This particular bourbon has a little more fire to it-not in the way that a cheap whisky does. But, more in fashion with that of warmth from a woodburning stove smoldering in your chest.
Bourbon Maple Pumpkin Pie
- 9 inch rolled pie-crust or make your own…I went the easy route
- 1 can of pumpkin puree
- 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup of 100 % pure maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp of Kentucky straight bourbon like Old Forester My husband's favorite!
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup of brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp of Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1 dash of coarse kosher salt
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.
- Beat two eggs.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all of your ingredients using a standing or hand mixer. Mix well!
- Roll out pie crust and press into pie dish. Press edges to make imprint using a fork.
- Fill pie crust evenly with pumpkin pie mixture.
- Bake in oven for 15 minutes.
- Reduce heat to 350 degrees F and bake for an additional 30-45 minutes.
- Remove to cool for 2 hours.
- After 2 hours serve or refrigerate and serve chilled later.
Of all of the recipes that I’ve come up with so far, this one is my favorite. Years from now, I hope my grandkids are making it for their children during the holidays and remembering special times had eating this pie!
My baking experience is sparse, so I made my husband taste it first because I was so nervous about how it would turn out.
Whereas I am not a huge sweet eater, my husband has a MAJOR sweet tooth. “This is the best Pumpkin Pie I’ve ever tasted!” was music to my ears after he took his first bite! Although, I’m wondering if the fact I used a couple of tablespoons of his favorite bourbon “Old Forester” consequently made this the “best pumpkin pie” he’s “ever tasted”?
What Kitchen Staples should I Invest in?
As the northern hemisphere prepares for more time indoors and at home right now, I cannot tell you how invaluable items like my Kitchen Aid hand mixer have been. Working on slowly building your kitchen appliances and invest in items like these is one of the best things you could be doing at this time.
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In light of the pandemic, Thanksgiving will look quite different for us this year. Previously, we would have attended to family Thanksgivings in one weekend with very different styles of large spreads of food at both gatherings. Due to current times, we will be serving the following at home for our household.
What to serve for a small family Thanksgiving:
(I’m in the process of redesigning and migrating my website along with updating previous blog posts and adding more! Check back for links to some of these recipes!)
Homemade Yeast Rolls
Homemade Pumpkin Spice Butter
Homemade Maple Whipped Cream
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Savor the Moment,
Natalie from Deerwood + Jones