Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

In the spirit of pumpkin week, I’m using this week’s WFMW post to share a recipe that made me change my pumpkin pie hating ways. This recipe works for me!

Did you know there are actually many people who don’t like pumpkin pie? I am one of those people, and so is Mike. Actually, up until a year or two ago, Mike was convinced he didn’t like anything pumpkin, all because of his aversion to pumpkin pie. (He was wrong by the way, since he likes pumpkin scones, pumpkin bars, pumpkin bread, etc. And yet his first reaction still tends to be “I don’t like pumpkin.”) But that’s a story for another time – back to pumpkin pie. For me at least, it’s a texture thing. The flavor is great, but the texture just gets to me. Every year I want to like it because it seems so traditional, but I just don’t enjoy eating it. And I don’t think I ever will. So for all you pumpkin pie haters out there, let me introduce you to this beautiful pumpkin chiffon pie.

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

This simple little pie with the falling apart crust (sorry about that – crusts aren’t my specialty) may look like nothing special. But hidden in its humble apperance is not only the traditional spicy sweetness you would expect from a pumpkin pie, but also a creamy, smooth texture that is just perfect. The pie itself is quick and easy to make, and the wonderful texture comes from folding in beaten egg whites and whipped cream. Because of that, this pie tastes wonderfully light, which is perfect after a big meal. I absolutely love this pie and I’m hoping it will be a staple at our Thanksgiving dinner from now on.

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

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Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

Ingredients:

Filling:
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs, separated
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup whipping cream, whipped
1 9 inch graham cracker crust

Crust:
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
3 Tbsp sugar
1/3 cup melted butter

Directions:

For the filling: Combine first seven ingredients in saucepan. Stir in milk, egg yolks (save the egg whites in a bowl for later), and pumpkin. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture boils and gelatin dissolves. Remove from heat and chill until partially set.

Beat egg whites until stiff peaks from. Gradually add sugar and beat to stiff peaks. Fold gently into pumpkin mixture along with the whipped cream. Pile into crust. Chill for at least two hours, or until ready to serve.

For the crust: Heat oven to 350. Mix crumbs, sugar and butter together. Press mixture firmly and evenly against the bottom and sides of a pie pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

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21 Responses to “Pumpkin Chiffon Pie”

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    Danielle — November 17, 2010 @ 4:02 am

    That looks really good!(: I actually like pumpkin pie, but I like pumpkin cheesecake a lot better. Good job on the pie! Can't wait to see the rest of the pumpkin recipes(:

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    Cindy — November 17, 2010 @ 11:34 am

    I like anything pumpkin so I'll have to add this to my collection of recipes. Thank you for sharing.

    p.s., if you're interested, I'm doing a cookbook giveaway at my book review blog. It's a copy of The Pioneer Woman Cooks. http://chocolateandbooks.blogspot.com

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — November 17, 2010 @ 11:55 am

    I want to make this too… it looks amazing.

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite — November 17, 2010 @ 1:13 pm

    This looks incredible! I love reading everyone's unique recipes on pumpkin pies!

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    Jenn — November 17, 2010 @ 1:19 pm

    I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin either. Usually if I have a piece of pumpkin pie, it's loaded down with whipped cream! This pie does look really good though.. if it can convert you, I'll definitely have to give it a try.

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    CaSaundraLeigh — November 17, 2010 @ 1:41 pm

    I am the same way about the texture of pumpkin pie. I make a double-layer cheesecake pumpkin pie that I love..this looks amazing too..I'll have to try it!

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    Camille — November 17, 2010 @ 2:34 pm

    Goodness, you are on a pumpkin roll (hehe, baking humor) lately!
    This looks incredible and light!

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    the blissful baker — November 17, 2010 @ 3:31 pm

    this pumpkin pie looks fantastic! i love that is has a graham cracker crust, yum!

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    happywhennothungry — November 17, 2010 @ 3:35 pm

    I'm not a huge pumpkin pie fan either, but this chiffon pumpkin pie looks so much lighter and tastier. Thanks for sharing!

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    Brenda — November 17, 2010 @ 3:43 pm

    Yum! Egg white AND whipped cream? OMG….this sounds fantastic, I absolutely have to try this!

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    Melissa @ Made in Melissa's Kitchen — November 17, 2010 @ 4:33 pm

    I don't like pumpkin pie either, but this looks like a fluffy pumpkin cheesecake, yum!

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    Eliana — November 17, 2010 @ 6:57 pm

    Hmmmm – I can totally see myself enjoying this more than the traditional version. Thanks so much for sharing it with us. It looks amazing Megan.

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    The Gundy Bunch — November 17, 2010 @ 7:42 pm

    mmm!!! thanks so much for this! i despise pumpkin pie, but this looks so yummy! thanks again!

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    Kim — November 17, 2010 @ 9:07 pm

    I only like a tiny bit of pumpkin pie, once a year and then I'm good. But this looks really delicious. I just might try this. Once again, your photos are fantastic!!

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    Jessica @ bake me away! — November 17, 2010 @ 10:49 pm

    It's also the texture of pumpkin pie that makes me not care for it. I think I'm making a pumpkin cream pie for T-Day this year, which would be somewhat similar to this. :)

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    Sandra — November 18, 2010 @ 12:02 am

    Looks divine..I love it!

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    Evan Thomas — November 18, 2010 @ 12:03 am

    This looks delicious!

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — November 18, 2010 @ 5:05 pm

    It really looks beautiful! I am in fact a huge fan of pumpkin pie (and anything pumpkin for that matter) but would love a change of pace with this gorgeous chiffon!

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    Maranda — November 18, 2010 @ 5:46 pm

    That looks really light and fluffy. I have a friend who doesn't like pumpkin pie because of the texture. And the crust gets all soggy sometimes. I'll have to make this for her. Thanks for sharing

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    Amy — October 16, 2011 @ 6:01 pm

    I made this with a chocolate cookie crumb crust and it was awesome.

    • megan replied: — October 17th, 2011 @ 5:28 am

      Thanks Amy, so glad you liked it! :)

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