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Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie

Autumn’s Finest Fusion: Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie Extravaganza

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Step into the embrace of fall with a delightful marriage of flavors in our Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie—a harmonious blend of velvety pumpkin, spiced apple butter, and a buttery, flaky crust. This indulgent dessert captures the essence of autumn in every slice, creating a symphony of tastes that will transport you to a cozy haven of warmth and sweetness. Join us on this culinary journey as we guide you through the creation of a pie that is not just a dessert but a celebration of seasonal abundance and culinary creativity.

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Ingredients:

For the Pie Crust:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3-4 tablespoons ice water

For the Apple Butter Pumpkin Filling:

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup apple butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

1. Prepare the Pie Crust: a. In a food processor, combine all-purpose flour, cold cubed butter, sugar, and salt. b. Pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. c. Gradually add ice water, one tablespoon at a time, pulsing until the dough just comes together. d. Shape the dough into a disk, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

2. Roll Out the Crust: a. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). b. On a floured surface, roll out the chilled dough into a circle to fit your pie dish. c. Carefully transfer the crust to the pie dish, trim the edges, and crimp as desired.

3. Pre-Bake the Crust: a. Line the pie crust with parchment paper and fill with pie weights or dried beans. b. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the edges are set. c. Remove the weights and parchment, then bake for an additional 5 minutes until the bottom is set.

4. Prepare the Filling: a. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, apple butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, evaporated milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt until smooth.

5. Assemble and Bake: a. Pour the filling into the pre-baked pie crust. b. Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until the center is set and a toothpick comes out clean. c. If the crust edges brown too quickly, cover them with foil during baking.

6. Cool and Serve: a. Allow the pie to cool completely on a wire rack before slicing and serving.

Cook Notes and Variations:

Cook Notes:

  • To save time, use a store-bought pie crust.
  • Experiment with a graham cracker crust for a different texture.

Variations:

  • Enhance the filling with a handful of chopped toasted nuts or a drizzle of caramel sauce.
  • Incorporate a dash of apple pie spice for an extra layer of autumnal warmth.

Keto and Low-Carb Versions:

Keto Version:

  • Substitute almond flour and coconut flour for all-purpose flour in the crust.
  • Use a low-carb sweetener in place of granulated and brown sugars.
  • Adjust the quantity of pumpkin to manage carb content.

Low-Carb Version:

  • Choose a low-carb flour substitute for the crust.
  • Use a low-carb sweetener in place of granulated and brown sugars.
  • Opt for unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk instead of evaporated milk.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Q1: Can I use homemade apple butter? A1: Absolutely! Homemade apple butter adds a personal touch, but store-bought works well too.

Q2: Can I make the pie in advance? A2: Yes, you can make the pie a day ahead and refrigerate. Bring it to room temperature before serving.

Q3: How do I prevent the crust from getting soggy? A3: Pre-baking the crust and allowing it to cool before adding the filling helps maintain its crisp texture.

Q4: Can I freeze Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie? A4: While it’s best fresh, you can freeze slices individually wrapped for up to three months.

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Delight in the essence of autumn with the Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie—a dessert that captures the spirit of the season in every mouthful. From the buttery, flaky crust to the luscious blend of spiced pumpkin and apple butter, this pie is a testament to the joy that comes with savoring fall’s finest offerings. Share this delectable creation with loved ones, creating cherished memories around the table. Whether enjoyed on a crisp evening or as the grand finale to a festive feast, the Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie is a culinary masterpiece that celebrates the abundance and warmth of the season. Happy baking and indulging!

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