Thursday, 3 October 2013

Firday Bake - Pumpkin Pie & some fabric pumpkins for good measure.

It is Friday and time for the first of my series Friday Bake. I am feeling rather excited about this, as not only will I hopefully get some inspiration from others, but I am also going to aim to bake things that I have never made before, sometimes we need a little incentive. For me there is no better way to start this than with Pumpkin Pie. This American delight has become so popular around the world and today I have made it gluten and dairy free and I can't wait to indulge in  it.

The word pumpkin appears to originate from the Greek word 'pepon', which literally means large melon. This was later changed by the French to 'pompon', which the English later termed 'pumpion'. So I was interested to find out whether Pumpkin pie actually originated in America and also during which period. Apparently early American settlers of the Plimoth Plantation (1620-1692), which was the first permanent European settlement in southern New England, made something similar to pumpkin pies, by using the flesh of the pumpkin and stewing it with milk, honey and spices and then baking it in hot ashes, but it doesn't appear to have had a so called crust. Interestingly enough a recipe for pumpkin pie that included a pastry was found in the famous French chef Francois Pierre la Varenne and author of what's claimed to be one of the most important French cookbooks of the 17th Century, known as the 'The True French Cook'. In 1653 this book was translated to English and published in England as 'The French Cook'. This meant that by 1670 recipes for Pumpkin pie were appearing in English cookbooks, but interestingly they used ingredients such as rosemary, thyme, and raisins combined with nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves, maybe something I would like to try one day. The idea of rosemary most certainly appeals

So where does the idea of eating it around Thanksgiving in America come from? It is lead to believe that the Native Americans brought pumpkins as gifts to the first settlers and taught them the many uses for pumpkin, and this is apparently is how pumpkin pie developed in America. I would be so interested to hear from the American readers to what you have been told about the history of Pumpkin pie.

I followed this recipe from the BBC GoodFood website. It is easy to make, and for anyone who hasn't ventured into the world of pastry, get your pinny on and get cracking. It's fun and not all that scary and fortunately this one, phew, is sans soggy bottom! I didn't use this pastry recipe, but used my own, which can be made with gluten and dairy, or as in my case free from it all. Now I am sure Paul Hollywood would have a field day talking how the absence of gluten will affect the pastry and I am sure it does, but never fear as thanks to the wonders of Xanthan Gum it all comes together nicely. I made the pastry last night and then just had to do the pumpkin filling and roll out the pastry and voila, one pumpkin pie and a few jam tarts made it into the oven. You do however need to blind bake your pastry and for any of you not familiar with this, this is where you cover your pastry with some baking or parchment paper and keep the paper down with some baking beans, but fortunately the recipe gives you all the instructions you need.

Here is my Sweet shortcrust pastry recipe for anyone interested.
250g soft butter (or sunflower spread as in my case)
150g granulated sugar
2 large eggs
5ml vanilla essence
420g flour (Doves gluten free in my case)
10ml baking powder
5ml salt

If you are doing it gluten free then add Xanthan Gum to the dry ingredients before you sift it. They say you should add two teaspoons to every 100g of flour. I didn't add 8 teaspoons, but around 6.

Mix the butter and sugar in a blender until light and fluffy, then add the eggs one at a time whilst your mixer is mixing. Add the vanilla essence.
Sift all the dry ingredients and slowly add to the mixture to get a soft dough. Roll it into a ball, wrap it in clingfilm and then refrigerate for 15 minutes, or you can do it the night before like I did.

I know the kids won't like this pie one bit, so to soften the blow they have some lovely jam tarts to look forward to for when they get back from school today. Now I just need everyone home, so our weekend can begin and with all this rain and mist, this pumpkin pie is just what we need.

This week I also made some sweet little fabric pumpkins using this fab tutorial, inspired by the lovely Heather.

So what do you all have planned for the weekend? We are having a quiet one, with a birthday party tomorrow, and maybe doing a little sanding on my new shelves, that I mentioned here. Wishing you all a very lovely and relaxing weekend and will see you on Sunday for Stitching Sunday with Chrissie.

Warm Wishes


  1. I love the history and origin of the old pumpkin pie. It's not a common dish in South Africa, but we certainly hear and see it enough in American movies and literature. So very very interesting. Your's looks delicious too! And the pumpkins! My oh my! They are beautiful! Once again, where does all the creativity come from? Your new Friday bake-along is such a good idea. Maybe I'll join in when I have more time. Love you!

  2. What an interesting post! I have never tasted pumpkin pie but yours looks lovely... as do those jam tarts for the kids! The fabric pumpkins are just lovely, gorgeous fabrics you have chosen too. Thank you for your lovely comments about my scarf, they are much appreciated. I am working all weekend, but wishing you a very lovely one!
    Marianne x

  3. Hello Hannapat, your pumpkin pie looks delicious, and I am sure all the jam tarts were scoffed after school. Thanks for the gluten free pastry recipe, I shall take note of that (for my brother). How interesting the history of the word pumpkin.Many thanks for your encouraging words on my blog. We shall be having a family gathering on Sunday, which I am really looking forward to. Have a wonderful weekend yourself. Love Linda x

  4. whoops forgot to say that your fabric pumpkins are really cute!

  5. Yum! You have captured the flavour of autumn! Thank you for this post, and I'll be adding my Friday this week, house was a bit hectic this evening, I didn't get any time to myself! But at least we made cake! Chrissie x

  6. I love pumpkin pie and might make one pretty soon. I think you're right about the origin of pumpkin pie; it sounds like what I remember learning in school. I was actually born on Thanksgiving Day, and you'd think I'd know a little more about it than I actually do. :)

  7. Your pumpkins pie looks really yummy and the fabric ones look super cute too. have a great weekend.
    Clare xx

  8. How lovely Hannapat! Yummy pumpkin pie, beautiful china plates and lovely lovely fabric pumpkins - you've done a remarkable job with them. Happy cooking - and eating!
    Love, Joy xo

  9. Now I feel like baking something too. And I will. Cheers for the recipe and feel free to drop by me too anytime.

  10. Hello Lovely Hannapat - your pies look delicious and I am thinking of trying this for when my grandchildren come to stay - not sure if they like pumpkin but like you I could include some jam tarts which they adore! Hannapat I really love the fabric pumpkins they are such fun and look adorable. Thank you for your lovely words over at my blog, you are such a kind and supportive person, one of the reasons I love being in Blogland is meeting talented people just like you. Have a fab birthday party and enjoy the weekend. Lots of love and big hugs

  11. Oh yummy looks delicious! I love the little sewn pumpkins very cute x

  12. Hello Hannapat, thank you for all your lovely comments at my blog. First let me say how delicious your pies look. You are a master baker from what I can see. I have only learned to bake pies in the last few years and I do love pumpkin pie. It is almost Thanksgiving here so we will likely partake in it soon. Your fabric pumpkins are so cute too and I really like the fabrics you have selected.

    I wanted to answer your question about the films I've seen recently but I couldn't find an email for you. I think you were referring to SA films, right? I've seen "Come Back Africa" (an old film which was re-released); "Stargazer" (or Roepman); "Searching for Sugarman" (which is about an American but there is a strong connection to SA); and last but not least, "Fannie Fourie's Lobola". Have you seen or heard of any of them?

  13. Lovely post and perfect pie. Thanks for the invite to join in I'm still on holiday in Turkey but will link my post properly next week my iPad is playing up a bit. Have a good day xxx

  14. That pumpkin pie looks divine. I've never made it but I'd love to have a go. I just love your fabric pumpkins. They look like they took ages to make. Please tell me they were really easy! x