Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

It’s the last day of our “Fall Fest” here at Norine’s Nest.  I hope you have had as much fun as I have! I have loved sharing some of my very favorite Fall pumpkin recipes, my friend “Gingerbread Brenda’s” incredible haunted gingerbread house, and the Giveaways on our Facebook page! What a GREAT Funtastic week!

I said I was saving my “Best” for last! This is, hands down, my all time FAVORITE pumpkin spice recipe! Growing up there was the traditional pumpkin pie. I like pumpkin pie. It just wouldn’t feel like fall without traditional pumpkin pie. Can Thanksgiving BE Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie? But…what if, there was something better than plain ol’ pumpkin pie?

Hold on to your tail feather’s cause…THERE IS! It’s this Pumpkin Chiffon Pie!

Last week when I made this pie one of my bestie’s stopped by my house to drop something off . I handed her a piece of pie” for the road”! You know, covered in plastic wrap, on a paper plate. We said our good-byes and she was off. A few minutes later I got the BEST text message and photo from her! She said as she was driving home that pumpkin and spice kept “calling” to her and she just had to pull over and eat it then and there! I still don’t know how she took a photo of herself leaning over the plate, eating that pie with her fingers, but I laughed till my sides hurt! (I totally wanted to post the picture, but I want to keep her as part of my posse!)  It was the BEST! Needless to say…she LOVED the pie!

One bite and I promise you are going to look at it and say “Where have you been all my life lover?!!!”

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So let’s get this new love affair started! lol

You will need one baked 9 inch pie crust. You can find my recipe for my pie crust here. Just be sure to cut the recipe in half as that is for a double pie crust. You will only need a single. Same great recipe though. You could also use a store bought pie crust if you want and that makes your life easier! For a single crust pre-baked pie crust I bake mine in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes. Be sure to check it at 10 minutes. If the edges are lightly tan…and the crust no longer looks “raw” pull that beauty out! It needs to cool completely!

TIP: When making a pie crust for a baked pie shell, poke the crust with a fork so that it will not bubble up. (We’re gonna bubble up from eating this pie…but, we don’t want the crust to bubble up. lol)

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Next in a medium sauce pan combine, over medium heat add 1 envelope unflavored gelatin. (That is made by Knox gelatin. You’ll find it in the jello section usually on the top shelf.) 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/2 tsp. salt, cinnamon, allspice, 1/4 tsp. ginger, nutmeg. Stir in the milk, egg yolks, and pumpkin. (I love those whisks! My favorite for cooking with! Don’t worry I have a post coming with all my favorite kitchen products!) 

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Cook and stir over medium heat until the mixture thickens and gelatin dissolves. It should look like the photo below. Can you see how much thicker it is that the one above? It’s very important that you make sure your mixture is thick because you need that gelatin dissolved!

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Remove from the heat, pour into a separate bowl, and chill until partially set. Okay, we are going to stop for a second!

See the photo below? Remember how I said “I’m always going to keep it real here?” So, I got busy and stopped checking the mixture! (Shocking I know! Wink-wink) Mine did more than “partially set”. If you don’t want to have your arm fall off when blending this mixture with the next mixture…don’t do that! lol Seriously!

It should be really thick…BUT…you should still be able to stir it with a spoon. So, be sure to check on it from time to time. I usually leave a spoon in mine and just open the refrig and stir and check it. Usually! lol

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Next beat your egg whites till soft peaks form. Gradually add in the sugar and beat until stiff peaks. You may need to wear your sunglasses for this part! (Goodness me that is a lot of reflective BRIGHT white! )

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In another bowl, beat whip cream until stiff and firm. Add to the egg whites. (I did warn you about the sunglasses!)pumpkin-chiffon-pie-prep-1

Fold the pumpkin mixture into the egg white and whip cream mixture. Do NOT stir! You don’t want your whip cream and egg whites to go flat on you. You need to FOLD in the pumpkin mixture which is why you don’t want to let it set as long as I did! Keep folding until the two mixtures are completely blended.

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Pile into cool baked pie shell. Chill until firm. I recommend over night, but at least 4-5 hours.  Trim with whipped cream and sprinkle with nutmeg! Yuuuuuummmmm! (Lick the bowl, lick the spatula, lick your fingers…it’s a must! I won’t tell!)

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The crust is flaky. The pumpkin Chiffon is “Chiffony”…almost like a pumpkin mousse. The pumpkin and spice flavors are not overpowering. To quote Goldilocks…”They’re just right!”. Just the perfect blend of everything!  Add in that topping of whipped cream and nutmeg…there ya go…you just fell in love!

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I can never eat just one slice! I’ve tried…and failed! I’ll own it! I love the texture, flavors, creaminess, everything about this pie!

Trust me…you WANT this pie in your life on your Thanksgiving Day after all the Turkey and Stuffing! Unlike my friend, you can even eat it with a fork. If you’re fancy like that! lol

(My favorite part after the photo shoot!)

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I hope you have loved this week as much as I have?! I hope I’ve given you a few idea’s for the upcoming Holidays? I have lots more coming! I have a back log of recipes all ready to go! I just need to find 8 more hours every day to post! Sigh….

Thanks for stopping by today. I’ve got the printable right below for you. I really hope you’ll try this recipe. It’s a huge hit at our Holiday table and I know it will be at yours too! Have a Fantastic Fall Day!

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Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 8-10 servings

Serving Size: 1 slice

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

A light, fluffy, creamy, deliciously amazing Pumpkin Chiffon Pie! Like Pumpkin Mousse in a crust! Perfect for family get together's and Holiday meals. Sure to become a Family Favorite!

Ingredients

  • 1 - 9 inch baked pie shell
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 slightly beaten egg yolks
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Combine gelatin, 1/2 cup sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg in a medium sauce pan. Stir in milk, egg yolks, and pumpkin. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture thickens and gelatin dissolves. Remove from heat. Pour into a bowl. Chill until partially set, checking periodically.
  2. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar and continue beating on high until stiff peaks form. Beat whip cream until stiff peak form. Place whipping cream and egg whites together. Fold Pumpkin mixture into egg whites and whipping cream.
  3. Pile into baked pie crust and chill over night or at least for 4-5 hours until firm. Trim with whipped cream and nutmeg.

Notes

Cook and Prep times do not include "chill" time.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Chelcie | 29th Oct 16

    This is now my #1 favorite Pumpkin dessert, chocolate chip pumpkin cookies have been demoted to #2!! It’s true!! This Pumpkin Chiffon Pie is like a piece of Pumpkin heaven, so light .. fluffy .. creamy! YUM! I normally don’t like pie crust, but THIS pie crust was so flaky and delightful! The pumpkin is lite and not over powering at all, I tried my best to savor every.single.bite. but before I knew it, my plate was empty and I was left WANTING more! I can hardly wait til I get to treat myself to another slice! A BIG slice!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 30th Oct 16

      Awww! Thanks Chelcie! I’m so glad you liked it! It seriously is my favorite pumpkin pie…EVER! You described it perfectly. It hits your mouth and it’s like “Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh…heaven!” I really appreciate the compliment on the pie crust! One thing I love is a light flaky crust. You’re the best! I really appreciate your comments. Have a GREAT day and a Happy Halloween!

  2. kristi@ishouldbemoppingthefloor | 19th Nov 16

    Hi Norine! Found you through Pinterest and would love to make this for Thanksgiving. I’m making your crust, too. Quick question…how long do you bake the crust for? Do you use pie weights in it or do you find that the poked holes are enough to keep it from rising? Thank you so much!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 20th Nov 16

      Hi Kristi! Thanks for your questions! I bake my crust for about 10-15 minutes. I check it after 10 and if it looks done with light…very light tan edges I pull it out. I like a really flaky crust so I watch mine that it doesn’t over cook. I don’t use weights, because truthfully, I don’t have them. (They are on my “to get” list! Fingers crossed Santa will bring some! lol) If you have them I would use them. Poking holes really helps to cut down on bubbles rising, but it doesn’t eliminate it completely. If you have any other questions please feel free to ask! You are going to L.O.V.E. this pie! It’s Sooooo Good! 😉 Thanks for stopping by and visiting! Have a GREAT Thanksgiving!

  3. kristi@ishouldbemoppingthefloor | 22nd Nov 16

    Thank you so much, Norine! I’m about to start baking right now. Can’t wait to taste this on Thursday! Appreciate you getting back to me so fast.

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