Baking Pumpkin Pie

Many people love pumpkin pie and it is a staple at Thanksgiving. Whether you are making the pie from scratch or following the instructions on the can, these tips can help. This is a guide about baking pumpkin pie.

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To make a tasty topping for pumpkin pie, put marshmallows on the bottom of the pie crust and top with the filling, as it bakes the marshmallows come to the top.

By Linda from Oceanside, CA

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l recently made pumpkin pie using a mix. l read the instructions, threw the pies in the oven and took them out when they were cooked all the way through. When l woke up the next morning they had splits in the middle. What did l do wrong?

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Serve topped with cool whip and no one will ever know.

My mother would salvage her pie and cake disasters by lining a pretty bowl with ladyfingers cookies, and then layering the filling with jam, chopped sugared nuts, more cookies...

I seem to recall ladyfingers cookies soaked in rum, too, but can't tell you how they were used.

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Why do my pumpkin pies have a skin like top after I baked them?

By Rita

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The oven rack may be too close to the top heating element in the oven. This can cause filling to 'skin' and crack as it bakes and to settle slightly when cooling and pull away from the crust. Another possible reason is over-baking. Try reducing cooking time by 5 to 10 minutes. Also, for best results, bake the pie in the lower third of the oven.

(I found this on a website)

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Last night, I found myself making a pumpkin pie and realized I was out of cinnamon AND nutmeg and had no premixed pumkin pie spice. Not wanting to run to the store, I rummaged through my spice cabinet in search of alternatives and found Chinese 5 spice blend.

Chinese 5 spice blend contains Star Anise, Fennel, Cinnamon, Cloves and Pepper. It gave an interesting spicy flavor to the pie which offset the sweetness.

Jess in Oregon

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