No offense to mashed potatoes, but pie is our favorite part of Thanksgiving. That’s why we asked Petra "Petee" Paredez — the owner of Petee’s Pie in New York and the author of Pie for Everyone — to teach us how to make classic pie recipes that can impress even the fussiest family members. 

Ingredients

Serves 6
  • 1 10-inch pie crust, crimped
  • 1 c. (200 g) packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Scant 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 4 1/2 c. (520 g) pumpkin or winter squash cut into 1- to 2-inch (2.5- to 5-cm) pieces
  • 1 c. (237 ml) heavy cream
  • 1 c. (237 ml) whole milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • Cookware Used
    Sweetie Pie
    10-Inch Ceramic Pie Dish
    $40
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    Saucy
    8.5-Inch Stainless Steel Sauce Pan
    $90
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    Stir Crazy
    3-Piece Nested Mixing Bowl Set
    $95
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    My method of making pumpkin pie is unusual but effective. Instead of using canned pumpkin, you can cook fresh winter squash in milk and cream, skin and all. Red kabocha, honeynut, and butternut are all great options. I think the combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice in this recipe is warm and autumnal, but feel free to substitute or add ginger or even cardamom. In my experience, it's worthwhile to spend more on fresh, high-quality spices.

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).

    In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice, ensuring that the spices are evenly dispersed.

    Combine the pumpkin, cream, and milk in Saucy. Cover with a lid and cook over medium-low heat. Once the liquid begins to bubble, remove the lid, reduce the heat to low, and cook until the pumpkin is tender enough to be mashed easily with a fork, about 20 to 30 minutes. Make sure to stir every 5 minutes and scrape the bottom of the pot with a rubber spatula to prevent burning.


    Stir in the sugar mixture and molasses and cook for 1 to 2 minutes more, allowing the spices to become fragrant. Transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor (or use an immersion blender), and purée until smooth. Allow the mixture to cool for 15 minutes.

    Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the eggs and egg yolks. When the pumpkin purée has cooled slightly, spoon a couple of tablespoons of the purée into the eggs, and stir to combine. Pour the egg mixture into the rest of the purée and blend to combine.

    Place Sweetie Pie with the crimped crust on Holy Sheet. and pour in the filling. Use a crust protector, or gently wrap foil around the crimped edge, to prevent overbaking. Bake for 20 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and bake for 50 minutes more, or until the center of the pie has puffed up.

    Transfer the pie to a cooling rack and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes before serving. Serve the pie warm (my preference) or at room temperature. It will keep for up to five  days, covered, in the fridge.

    Photos by Noah Fecks.