Here in Australia we’re more familiar with savoury and meaty pies than the sweet and fruity kind. And while folks in the U.S. might like to use the phrase “As American as apple pie”, the pastry treat that seems most exotically American, from this side of the Pacific at least, has to be the pumpkin pie. (A pumpkin as a sweet? Who agreed to this?!)
Most of us probably first came across the concept via a Thanksgiving episode of whatever American sitcom was playing in our childhoods. And – true – there’s a whole tradition over there of baking with canned filling and pre-made casing. But you can still cook up a pumpkin pie from scratch, and this recipe from Smitten Kitchen looks like a real winner.
Christmas in July is already a pretty settled ritual in Australia, allowing us to stuff ourselves with traditional Yuletide foods during appropriately cool weather. Maybe it’s time for Thanksgiving in July, too? Because a nice pie in winter is something to be grateful for.