Pumpkin Bourbon Pie with Walnut Crumble for #SundaySupper #FallFoods

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As much as I love summer, fall is definitely my favourite season.  I always get super nostalgic for school at this time of year.  It was always exciting to head back after two long months of laziness.  Seeing my friends every day.  Wearing new outfits (well…in my case, wearing new hand-me-downs).  Starting new classes and hoping that the topics would be interesting and that I’d get good grades.  Hah!  A week into September and fuggedabout my good intentions to do well in school.

For reals, my grades in high school were abysmal.

I was so damn lazy.  I hated doing homework.  I hated studying.  I spent all of my time on extracurricular activities or goofing off with my friends.  And y’know what?  I wouldn’t change any of it for the world.  I had a fantastic time.  I had fun.  Because seriously, life is long and it’s hard and when else are you going to have almost zero responsibility and all the time in the world to just enjoy yourself?  Those were gloriously hedonistic times.

I joined as many clubs as I could, usually social committees in charge of putting together school dances.  I wasn’t athletic so instead of playing on sports teams, I’d sign up to be a manager or volunteer as a scorekeeper.  That way I’d get to be around all the cutest guys in school and could stare at them with complete abandon.  There’s a solid tip for you young ladies out there.  You’re welcome.

September to December is just jam packed with so many fun things. There are long weekends every month until January. Halloween is just around the corner and then it’s two months of preparing for the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas.

To me, pumpkin pie will always be synonymous with fall.  Back in the day, Soul Sista and I would go to Safeway to buy pumpkin pies on clearance the day after Thanksgiving. They were only a buck a pie and we’d each have one to ourselves.  God bless teenaged metabolism.

Sunday Supper is celebrating the glorious, delicious, hearty, comforting foods of fall. As you can imagine, it wasn’t hard for this talented group to come up with a plethora of tasty offerings.  My awesome friend Soni of Soni’s Food is hosting this week. This woman knows delicious and healthy food, often featuring amazing Indian dishes that I wish I could make and eat every day.

In honour of my annual pumpkin pie pilgrimage with Soul Sista, that’s what I’m making this week.  With a twist of course.
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Pumpkin Bourbon Pie with Walnut Crumble

Pie Crust – I used Neighborfood’s awesome all butter pie crust. For the recipe, click here.

The magic of butter and flour.

The magic of butter and flour.

I prebaked the crust for about 15 minutes. Line your crust with a buttered sheet of aluminum foil and fill with pie weights or beans. Bake for 15 minutes in an oven heated to 375 degrees F until it just starts becoming golden in colour. Remove from the oven and let cool.

This is a pic of my crust before baking.  That's why it's still so pale 'n pasty.

This is a pic of my crust before baking. That’s why it’s still so pale ‘n pasty.

Walnut Crumble

1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Mix all the ingredients together until fully combined. Set aside.

Pumpkin Bourbon Filling (adapted from Food and Wine)

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temp
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin puree
3 large eggs, separated
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup bourbon
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer, beat butter and brown sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, for about 1 minute. Beat in the pumpkin puree, egg yolks, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt, then mix in the milk, whipping cream, vanilla and bourbon.

In a stainless steel bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry. Fold in the pumpkin mixture until no white streaks remain (the mixture will look really grainy. That’s how it should look. I was worried but it baked up beautifully).

See?  Grainy!

See? Grainy!

Pour the filling into your pie crust. Cover with the crumb topping. Bake the pie on the middle rack for about one hour, or until risen and golden. A cake tester inserted into the centre should come out with only a few crumbs attached.

Remove from the oven and cool. If you’re not planning on eating it immediately, store pie in the fridge.
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This is the first pumpkin pie I’ve ever made and I’m so proud of how it turned out! The filling is smooth, creamy, perfectly spiced and not too sweet. Neighborfood’s pie crust is awesome. If pie crust is your baking arch nemesis, as it was mine for the longest time, you should definitely try her recipe. The walnut crumble just ties it all together. It provides a lovely crunchy contrast and a flavour compliment to the filling with its caramel tones and corresponding spice profile.
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I invited some friends over at the last minute to help me eat this (because the last thing my thirty-some-odd-year-old-self needs is an entire pie to herself!). It’s amazing how many people are available at the drop of the hat when free food is involved.
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Now that the weather’s cooling and it’s officially fall, treat yourself to one of the many incredible recipes in the list below:

Amazing Breakfasts, Brunches, and Breads

Outstanding Soups, Starters and Sides:

Comforting Main Dishes:

Decadent Desserts:

Tasty Drinks:

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66 thoughts on “Pumpkin Bourbon Pie with Walnut Crumble for #SundaySupper #FallFoods

  1. I also love fall a lot, but I am a shivery one. It took me forever to get to sleep last night even though I looked like one of those jacket piles on the bed.
    This looks SO good!! I love anything pumpkin :)

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  3. Even though I’m still in school, I always get nostalgic for school every September when the students return to campus. I don’t have classes or buy textbooks or new school supplies anymore, so there’s nothing fun or exciting left about the start of another school year for me. I do love the start of fall though and all the delicious food that comes with it! Pumpkin pie is one of my favourite desserts of all time and I love how you made a more grown up version!

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  5. Oh, my double goodness, Nancy! Pumpkin pie with a walnut crust?! This is the loveliest thing and I can just imagine the crunch of the top with the bourbony pumpkin filling. Just delicious! Pinned on my Recipes to Try board.

  6. I wasn’t the greatest at school either. I spent my entire high school career making cake in culinary class. It was so much better than math. This pumpkin pie is the sh*t! For reals! I’m pinning this, and it’s totally going on my Thanksgiving menu. Love it!

  7. I’m not much of a pumpkin pie fan, but this looks pretty damn good. Love the walnut topping. I agree too…I absolutely love Fall. I love all the back to back holidays. I get so incredibly excited because I love the cooler weather, the colorful leaves and all the decorating. It’s so much fun. I laughed when you said you were lazy in school…look at you now and your awesome career! I was a party animal myself and actually wished I had focused more on studying. Oh well, like you said…it was fun!!

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