Pumpkin Bourbon Pie with Walnut Crumble for #SundaySupper #FallFoods

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

  1. Your pie is beyond, Nancy! Somehow I see you as an A+ student from babyhood. Maybe it’s because of perfect pies like this one that I get the idea. Anyway, speaking of perfection…I too took stats so I could gaze upon our basketball superstars, I mean, enjoy the game =) Tee hee.

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  15. Nancy!
    omg, I love that you signed up to be a manager or volunteer as a scorekeeper so you could be around all the cutest guys in school. . uh hello. Freaking brilliant! 🙂 and girl, now that we have met in person and have been roomies, I can appreciate these posts even more because I know how much of yourself you put into these posts. Hello?!!! This pie is freaking fabulous! Oh my goodness. it really is a work of art. . that filling seriously is perfection. Well done! and cheers to Fall. . it’s my fave season as well! 🙂

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  19. Oh Nancy, this pie has my name written all over it. Pumpkin, Bourbon, Walnuts, Crumble? For real, did you make it and think of me the entire time? I feel like your day after pumpkin pie shopping is basically how I am the day after halloween. Grab the cheap candy when you can and get there fast before the Reese’s, Snickers and M&M’s are gone!

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  22. The crumble and bourbon must make this pie irresistible! But I’m not looking forward to fall and I hated going back to school. Hated it; it still gives me bad feelings when I think about it. I do agree with you that students shouldn’t give up their lives just to get good grades. When you’re interviewing for a job, no one’s going to ask you what grade you got in Biology!

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  27. Yes, your sentiments pretty much equal my own regarding studying and autumn. One of the things I always found frustrating as a student was all the new TV shows premiered in the fall and I had homework so I missed many of them. hahaha. Pumpkin pie spiked with bourbon? I love it!

  28. Oh my god!!!! This looks AMAZING. I still can’t get over how good your photographs are looking–that shot of the butter + flour is a winner! And your pre-baked pie crust looks absolutely AMAZING. Like store-bought, except better. I can tell even from that pic that it has character 🙂 And omg that is genius going after Thanksgiving to buy pumpkin pie. Must try that! I don’t know why I’ve never thought of that since I looove swooping in on half-priced Valentine’s Day candy after the fact. Because Erik never buys me candy! 😦 Ha, as if I don’t get enough sugar already. But I want even more, in the form of this gorgeous, textured pie! I’m so impressed with your pie skills!

  29. Oh, this looks SPECTACULAR, Nancy!!! Truly a gourmet delight for fall…though I could eat it every day of the year!!! It was SO amazing to finally meet you in person!!! You are darling…and just as sweet as I knew you’d be. Wish we had more time to hang out…Alice and I should have sneaked you into our dinner group!!! xo

  30. Look at your mad pie baking self! This looks sooo fabulous. I’ve never made pumpkin pie either. It’s not that I don’t like it, but it’s always felt rather plain to me when compared to all the other pies. This pie would definitely stand out on a dessert table. Can you believe that summer vacation is actually a thing? Two whole months of break?! Too bad high schoolers aren’t wise enough to know how awesome that really is. What I wouldn’t give for two months of break now!

  31. Ugh…I wish I obsessed less about my grades during HS and I wish I had more fun. It also didn’t help that I had the strictest parents on the planet. All hell broke loose when I got to college…but I survived.

    I love this grown up version of pumpkin pie!

  32. I literally am posting a recipe for pumpkin+bourbon on Wednesday – great minds think alike! I have a lot of pumpkin and bourbon left over, so I think I know what I’m going to make next 🙂

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  34. First of all, I find it very hard to believe that you didn’t do well in high school. Girl, I’ve met you and you’re super smart! Hello, overachiever? But I think it’s hilarious that you used to eat a whole day-old pumpkin pie by yourself! Ha! This recipe looks amazing… I love the addition of bourbon, and that crumble on top looks to-die-for! I’ve got to try out your crust recipe too… Honestly, I’m not usually that turned on by pumpkin pie, but this is one I could really get into! Pinning for the holidays 😉

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