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Nov 3, 2010 10:53 AM

How do you take your pumpkin pie? Straight up? With cream?

How do you like your pumpkin pie?

Straight up, with no toppings?

Topped with whipped or heavy cream?

Topped with a toasted meringue?

Or is a mixed nut topping of some sort like a streusal more to your liking?

Perhpaps not nuts, but a crumb topping of some sort (e.g. brown sugar, flour, butter, etc.)?

Or something fruity, like a jam or sauce?

Something else?

Do tell.

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  1. I don't care for pumpkin pie at all, but my husband is a HUGE fan - he eats his with Cool Whip. That's right. Cool Whip. I can make luscious, gorgeous, real whipped cream, and he still prefers Cool Whip. I think it's a childhood thing. Either that or he's just a troglodyte.

    5 Replies
    1. re: biondanonima

      Hey now, I love me some good Cool Whip sometimes too ... but then sometimes I wonder if I was conceived in a dark cave somewhere ...

      1. re: ipsedixit

        LOL, I will admit to enjoying it myself occasionally, but only straight from the freezer and only straight-up on a spoon - I can't bring myself to sully my pie with it! Don't tell my husband, though - he would never let me hear the end of it!

        1. re: biondanonima

          Ever try cold Cool Whip with buttermilk donuts, or warm churros? Heaven. We can this just between us chickens ...

      2. re: biondanonima

        I'm with your husband. Pumpkin pie is not my favorite to start with, but a generous, erm, mound of Cool Whip and I'm good to go.

        It makes no sense. I don't like pumpkin pie, I don't like Cool Whip... but I like them together.

        1. re: biondanonima

          We always top our pumpkin pie with Cool Whip. In fact, it's one of the things my mother demands I bring when we visit for holidays (she can't get it where she is). The only other thing Cool Whip is good for is mixing with semi-sweet chocolate chips!

        2. plain pie with a dollop of freshly made whipping cream. Thanksgiving is just about the only time of year when we can get non-ultrapasteurized heavy cream, so we enjoy it when we can. Great on pecan or sweet potato pie, too.

          1. I am a purist. I like me some straight up pumpkin pie, no need for condiments. In fact, I secretly am not a huge fan of pie crust. The crust is a carrier for the pumpkin custard and nothing more. Were it up to me I would just bake a big pumpkin custard and be done with it!

            1. I actually prefer a small dollop of creme fraiche -- tangy, not sweetened.

              1. Whipped cream. Or even better--vanilla ice cream!