I’m not such a pumpkin pie fan. Sure, Grandma’s recipe was a mainstay at Halloween and Thanksgiving, but it never got the attention that her apple or lemon meringue pies did. It seems that many of us are searching for a new way to “take it up a notch”, so while rummaging over all the recipes on the Internet, I found our solution.
It’s so simple, it’s wicked. Instead of a regular pie crust, just substitute it with a graham cracker crust. If you’re really insane, go for piped whipped cream around the edges.
The recipe I got the idea from is Ina Garten’s (of Barefoot Contessa fame), but I’ve opted not to add bananas to Grandma’s recipe. She names hers a tart (because she’s using a tart pan, and a mousse, because she’s really whipped the heck out of the pumpkins and bananas). If you so choose to call yours a tart, that’s good for you! I’ve included Ina’s recipe link at the bottom of the page for reference, but if you just need a filling, time, and temp, I’ve also included a simple pumpkin pie recipe like Grandma used to make.
Isn’t the substitute just sinful? Well, I hope Grandma isn’t spinning in her grave. Actually, I don’t think so, because she was so fond of graham crackers and milk as a desert. So go for it and please your family this Halloween and Thanksgiving!